Admit it, you've been searching the internet as you consider exploring kink for the first time. You're excited to finally play out your fantasies, but there's so much information to sift through that you wonder if it's really for you.

For many people, part of their hesitation stems from societal taboos and deep-seated fears fed by misconceptions about kink exploration. We have debunked some of the most common myths that hold people back, so read on and loosen up a little.

Myth: Kinks and fetishes are not 'normal.'

Reality: Many people who play out their kinks and fetishes are just normal people who use sex as an outlet. If you feel weird about your kinky desires, don't. The more you learn about BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) and talk it through with your partner, the more normal it will seem.

About half of adults have admitted to trying elements of BDSM, such as spanking, handcuffs or