6 Sexual Myths That Have No Basis In Science

Have you ever heard a myth about sex that seemed a bit ‘off?’

You’re not alone. Recent research has found that 91% of adults have been exposed to false information regarding sexual health and safety.

With this in mind, let’s dive into 6 Sexual Myths That Have No Basis in Science.

Let’s start by busting one of the more common myths: can someone get pregnant if they haven’t had their first period yet?

The answer is actually yes!

While it may seem unlikely at first glance, it is possible for people who are pre-menarcheal (have not started menstruating) to become pregnant.

In fact, studies show that up to 1 in 2500 girls aged 12 or younger will become pregnant each year in the US alone.

The truth is, there are many misconceptions surrounding sexual activity which can cause confusion and anxiety among those trying to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

As such, it’s important we take a look at these myths and uncover what science really says about them. Let’s explore how medical experts separate scientific facts from fiction when it comes to our sexuality.

1. The Myth Of Asexuality

One of the most popular sexual myths is that asexuality exists. This myth has been perpetuated by various sources, from media and advertising to common misunderstandings about human sexuality.

But there’s no scientific basis for this belief – in fact, it’s completely false!

Asexuality does not exist as an identity or orientation; instead, it is merely one end of a spectrum signifying different levels of interest in sex and intimacy.

A lack of sexual desire can be caused by any number of factors, including physical illness or trauma, depression, medication side effects, stress, or hormonal imbalances.

These issues should always be addressed with medical professionals so they can help individuals find solutions that work best for them.

With understanding and compassion comes greater acceptance – whatever your level of interest in sex may be.

Moving forward, let’s explore another widespread misconception: the idea that there are ‘normal’ sexual behaviors everyone should adhere to.

2. The Myth Of ‘Normal’ Sexual Behaviors

When it comes to sexuality, there’s no such thing as ‘normal.’

Sexuality is a broad spectrum with many different types of behaviors.

Everyone has unique preferences and desires when it comes to sex. It’s unfair to label one type of behavior as the standard for everyone else.

Society often pushes certain sexual norms on people without recognizing that everyone is different.

People should be able to express their sexuality in whatever ways make them comfortable, regardless of what society deems as ‘normal.’

Instead of judging others’ choices or labeling them as abnormal, we should strive to create an open dialogue about all kinds of sexuality so that people can feel safe expressing themselves.

By understanding that each person’s experience with sex is valid and individualized, we can start breaking down the myth that certain sexual behaviors are more acceptable than others.

3. The Myth Of Sexual Orientation Determining Gender Identity

The idea that one’s sexual orientation determines their gender identity is a pervasive myth. It holds the power to shape our beliefs, but also can be completely false in reality.

Imagining someone who identifies as non-binary, it becomes clear how this myth falls short when trying to explain the complexity of human nature and its many forms of expression.

This misunderstanding has caused immense harm for those whose identities are outside what society deems ‘normal.’

This includes individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, who experience an added layer of oppression due to being misunderstood or ignored altogether.

Stereotypes about sexuality contribute to inequality and judgmental attitudes towards others, without any basis in scientific evidence.

The next step involves looking into another misguided belief – the myth of ‘typical’ sexual fantasies.

4. The Myth Of ‘Typical’ Sexual Fantasies

The fourth sexual myth without any scientific basis is the notion of ‘typical’ sexual fantasies. Like a blanket that hides many different patterns, there’s no universal definition for what counts as a ‘normal’ fantasy.

As such, it can be pretty hard to navigate these turbulent waters and put yourself in an environment where you are not judged or criticized.

To paint with a broad brushstroke, however, every individual has their own unique set of desires and dreams when it comes to sex – often shaped by our life experiences and values.

Our imaginations are like open books filled with stories from which we can draw inspiration. Our brains may conjure up scenarios that challenge us emotionally, intellectually, and ethically; but at the same time, they provide us with opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

In other words, if something feels good to you then don’t be afraid to explore it further! Sexuality isn’t one size fits all – each person should strive to free themselves from judgement and embrace whatever turns them on.

From this point onward, let’s move on to exploring the next myth: the idea of ‘natural’ sexual attraction.

5. The Myth Of ‘Natural’ Sexual Attraction

It is widely believed that people are naturally attracted to certain genders, but this isn’t always the case.

People can feel attraction and love for anyone, regardless of gender or sex. This myth has been perpetuated by popular culture and media, leading many to believe that only heterosexual relationships exist in nature.

This belief ignores the reality that there is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to sexual attraction.

Everyone’s experience with their own sexuality is unique and valid – whatever they may be feeling (or not feeling) towards another person should never be judged as wrong or unnatural.

No matter how we identify ourselves romantically and sexually, everyone deserves respect and acceptance from those around them.

It’s important to recognize that monogamy isn’t the only option; instead, look at all kinds of relationship models available today before making a decision about what works best for you.

6. The Myth Of Monogamy As The Only Option

For centuries, monogamy has been presented as the only viable option for relationships. It is often seen as a timeless tradition and an essential part of human nature.

However, this idea is nothing but a myth; it’s like painting a picture with one brush stroke – overly simplistic and not representative of reality.

The notion that humans are naturally inclined towards monogamous relationships fails to recognize the complexity and individuality of our species.

People have different needs, desires and motivations when it comes to their romantic lives, so expecting them all to adhere to one model simply doesn’t make sense.

There are many alternative relationship models available: polyamory, open relationships, non-monogamy and more. Everyone should be free to choose what works best for them without judgement or pressure from society.

While people may look at monogamy as a safe choice in terms of emotions and practicalities, there can also be negative outcomes associated with such expectations too.

The ‘one size fits all’ approach can lead to feelings of restriction, guilt or even resentment if someone does not feel able to meet those demands successfully over the long term.

Acknowledging that multiple relationship styles exist gives us freedom – allowing individuals to explore options which fit with their own unique situation rather than conforming blindly to outdated norms.


There are many sexual myths that have no basis in science. People may be hesitant to explore alternative practices when it comes to sex and relationships, but we should remember that everyone is different and entitled to their own choices.

For example, while some people prefer monogamy, others find non-monogamous relationships more fulfilling. Similarly, same-sex relationships can also be just as meaningful and satisfying as any other type of relationship.

It’s important for us all to understand the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation so we can respect one another’s decisions without judgement or assumptions.

Additionally, it’s perfectly normal to experience different levels of attraction for multiple people at once; this doesn’t mean you’re promiscuous or incapable of being faithful in a relationship – it simply means your sexuality isn’t limited by traditional standards.

Ultimately, everyone deserves the freedom to express themselves sexually without fear of retribution or stigma from society.

We shouldn’t let outdated misconceptions dictate how we live our lives or who we choose to share them with. Instead, I encourage us all to embrace diversity and promote open dialogue on these topics whenever possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some Alternative Sexual Practices To Monogamy?

It goes without saying: monogamy is not the only game in town. Alternative sexual practices are becoming increasingly accepted and embraced, giving people more options to explore their sexuality.

From open relationships to polyamory, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there that can be explored. With an open relationship, both partners may have physical or emotional connections with other people outside the primary partnership. Polyamory involves having multiple romantic partners at once, often creating complex webs of interconnected relationships. Other alternatives include swinging (where partners swap), solo polyamory (relationships where one has multiple partners but does not want any kind of commitment from them) and non-monogamous friendships – which involve friends who also engage in intimate activities together.

The beauty of alternative sexual practices lies in how they challenge traditional views on love and sex while offering unique opportunities for connection as well as personal growth. Experiences such as these can help you become more aware of yourself and your boundaries; ultimately leading to greater self-confidence and satisfaction within relationships – whatever form those take!

Is It Possible To Have A Sexual Relationship With Someone Of The Same Gender?

Yes, it is possible to foster an intimate connection with someone who shares the same gender as you. In fact, many people in today’s society are living fulfilled lives by engaging in meaningful relationships with members of their own sex. Allowing for a wide range of possibilities, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to sexual partnerships.

Whether two adults choose monogamy or opt for other forms of intimacy such as polyamory and open relationships, they can experience genuine connections regardless of whom they share them with. By embracing diversity and rejecting outdated stereotypes, individuals have the freedom to explore all types of consensual unions without judgement or shame. Breaking down barriers and building bridges between different genders and orientations, enables us to learn more about our identities while strengthening our sense of belonging within the community. Ultimately, we should respect each other’s choices while recognizing that everyone has their own needs and desires when it comes to matters of love and sexuality.

How Can I Tell If I’m Sexually Attracted To Someone?

When it comes to discovering our own sexual identity and attractions, many of us can find navigating these feelings a daunting task. To complicate matters further, myths around sexuality abound – making the process even more bewildering! Figuring out if we’re sexually attracted to someone is no easy feat; however, with some self-reflection and understanding, it’s possible to gain clarity on this journey of discovery.

To start off your exploration into understanding your sexual desires, ask yourself: what are my physical reactions when I’m near or interacting with this person? Do they make me feel aroused, calm or something else entirely? Additionally, consider how you communicate with them – do you have an emotional connection that goes beyond friendship? If so, chances are there could be potential for romance between the two of you.

The key here is being honest and open about your feelings without overthinking things too much. Taking the time to explore your emotions in a safe environment (whether alone or with trusted friends) will help give you peace of mind as well as insight into whether there’s chemistry between you and another person. Ultimately, by engaging in this self-exploration process confidently and openly, you’ll soon come to understand what turns you on – giving you the freedom to pursue relationships with those who truly make your heart flutter.

What Are The Differences Between Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity?

It’s natural to feel confused when trying to make sense of the complexities of sexual orientation and gender identity. After all, these two concepts are often intertwined in conversations about sexuality, leading many people to ask: what is the difference between them? With a bit of understanding, we can separate out the nuances that define each term.

To start off with, let’s explore sexual orientation. This refers to an individual’s romantic or physical attraction towards other people – whether it be same-sex or opposite-sex relationships. On the other hand, gender identity describes how one perceives themselves as either male, female, or both or neither genders on a personal level. Therefore, while someone may identify their gender as female but have romantic attractions for men (heterosexual), another person may identify their gender as male but also express romantic feelings for women (homosexual).

No matter which terms you choose to use when referring to your own sexuality – such as ‘pansexual’ or ‘queer’ – it always comes down to being true to yourself and finding a way to express who you are without fear or judgement. By exploring our innermost thoughts and desires honestly and openly, we can better understand ourselves and nurture healthier relationships with others around us.

Is It Normal To Feel Sexual Desire For Multiple People At The Same Time?

The human sexual experience is complex and multifaceted, often leaving us with questions about what is normal. One such question that many people struggle with is whether or not it’s okay to desire multiple people at the same time. Like a butterfly flitting between flowers in a garden, we may feel the urge to explore our sexuality in different directions.

When considering this issue of polyamory, it can be helpful to look at symbolism as a tool for understanding our desires. The image of the butterfly – ever-changing yet still fundamentally itself – could represent how someone might feel when they find themselves drawn towards more than one person. In other words, exploring these inclinations doesn’t necessarily mean you are betraying your core identity; rather, it simply reflects the natural complexity of being alive and having feelings.

It isn’t always easy to accept new ideas about love and relationships, but there’s no need to panic if you’re struggling with conflicting desires. Feeling attraction for more than one person does not make you strange or wrong; it merely means that your heart has room enough for more than one kind of love. Allowing yourself permission to experiment and express your true self will bring deeper richness into all facets of life—including the sexual ones!

Antoinette R. Burton, MSW
Antoinette R. Burton, MSW
Antoinette is a Michigan-based MSW Sexual Health Educator with 10+ years experience. She received her Master's from University of Michigan and specializes in inclusive sex ed for youth, LGBTQ+, college students, and adults. Believes access to accurate sexual health information is key to overall well-being.

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