There are so many misconceptions surrounding women’s health. Unfortunately, they do get passed down from one generation to the next. Fortunately, there are specialists like Dr. Victoria J Mondloch that do step up to talk about the truth and truly educate women. According to her, the following misconceptions need to be debunked as fast as possible as they create stigmas and can lead to improper medical decisions.
Women Living Together Menstruate In Sync
This is, perhaps, one of the oldest misconceptions about women’s health. It even has a name, the McClintock Effect, which states that menstruating women will secrete pheromones that will alter the menstrual cycle of the women that are in close proximity. In reality, there is no real proof that the pheromones even exist. During a recent trial conducted by the University of California on 186 students, there was no menstrual synchronicity noticed. Victoria Mondloch says that the reason why it seems the menstrual cycles overlap is that they normally last up to 7 days. This is a long period and the potential of having random overlaps ends up being high, especially in a larger group.
Women Don’t Have The Adam’s Apple
The common misconception is that men have the Adam’s apple because of testosterone excess and that women do not have it. Victoria Mondloch says that this is incorrect by mentioning every single woman in Wisconsin, any state or any country has the cartilage plates that men have and that act as protection for vocal cords. The reasons why bulge is much more prominent in men are that testosterone makes larynx grow faster during puberty and there is a difference in the angle at which a thyroid cartilage is placed in males. Basically, women have the same anatomy in their neck. It is just that the Adam’s apple shows more in men because of some differences.
Women Mainly Put On Weight Because Of Having Babies
Victoria Mondloch jokes about this subject by saying there is the same possibility of having put on pounds because of being in the relationship in the first place when compared with having a baby. She quotes a University of Queensland study where women did gain weight no matter if there was a partner or a baby present. A reason for this may be due to the fact that women are much more likely to match the eating style of the partner. This means the woman ends up consuming more calories than are actually needed. Also, the woman socializes with partners at restaurants and bars, two locations where it is really easy to end up overindulging.
Women Have Much Smaller Bladders Than Men
The misconception appeared because women tend to go to the bathroom more frequently than men but Victoria Mondloch says this is more because of the bladder’s position, not the size. The bladder of a woman does not have much space to expand so there is a need to go to the bathroom more often than men. This is especially the case when the woman ages since the wall of the vagina and uterus is weakened.