In this world’s digital age, it is easy to find everything on the Internet. From social media profiles that put you in contact with your friends from all over the world, to even medical websites that can give you a diagnosis after a 5-minute consultation, the Internet is becoming the place to go to get informed. But because of that, our world is becoming confused and misinformed — with the sheer amount of information out there, it is hard to determine fact from fiction. 

To help you become informed about your health and wellness, here are some common women’s health myths not to believe. 

Myth: heart disease only happens to men.

This couldn’t be more false, as one in every three American women suffer from heart disease of some kind. Additionally, more women suffer and die from heart disease than men do. While the majority of women do get diagnosed with heart disease in their 60s, it is not uncommon to suffer from it while in your 40s or 50s. In fact, the side effects from heart disease can strike at any time, so it is important to lower your chances by making lifestyle changes now. For example, heating a healthy diet and staying active can stave off symptoms of obesity and diabetes, which are considerable factors in heart disease.

Myth: I don’t need to see my obstetrician if I am not sexually active

Many women believe they only have to see their gyno if they are sexually active, but this is not true. It is important to go see a OB/GYN at least once a year as a preventative and cautionary measure. Your vaginal and reproductive system can still become infected with diseases if you are not sexually active, and it is the doctor’s job to see if you have any signs of a lingering problem you may not be aware of. For example, something as simple as an ingrown hair can cause an infection, so make sure to go to your annual appointment to have peace of mind everything is healthy and in good shape.

Myth: Period pain is normal, even if it is quite severe.

A common myth is that period pain is quite normal, even if it is severe enough for you to call into work and stay in bed all day. While some cramping and pain is to be expected, debilitating pain is not normal and can be a sign that you are suffering from a more severe condition such as endometriosis or fibroids.  Make sure to go to the doctor if this happens to you, as you should be able to enjoy life to the fullest whenever possible.

Myth: Men can only get kidney stones.

This is untrue! Yes, kidney stones are much more popular in men, but they happen to one in every twelve women. Anyone who consumes a poor diet can be at risk for kidney stones, as they happen when minerals build up in your kidneys and aren’t passed through your urinary tract naturally. To prevent kidney stones from forming, make sure to drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet while avoiding salty foods, and go to the doctor at the first signs you are having cramping or pain in your abdomen, back, sides, or pelvis.

Being knowledgeable about your health is a key factor in investing in your own health and wellness. Pay attention to what you read on the Internet, and always go to a doctor if you have any questions. No question is a stupid question when it comes to your health!