Menstruation has been a mystery for ages before science could explain it. So, a lot of different ideas and beliefs were created to explain periods in ancient societies and cultures. Many such ideas and beliefs have been proven wrong by science, but they are still followed in current societies. These myths tend to suggest that menstruation is a disease or a curse and it leads up to beliefs like a woman's body is polluted when she is experiencing periods. Such beliefs cause discrimination against women and at times, can lower their self-esteem and opportunities for growth. Here we have tried to burst these period myths and tried to educate people that periods are normal and there is nothing unusual about it.
1. Myth: Pickle will get contaminated if you touch it during your period
This is not true. Having your period does not make you dirty / unclean and you are at no risk to spoiling any food items by touching them.
2. Myth: A menstruating woman is impure and dirty
No, menstruating women are not impure and dirty. Periods are natural and normal for women. Menstrual fluid is just a harmless mixture of blood and tissue that was not used by the body to nourish a baby in the Womb. This myth is often used as a reason to stop women, who are having their periods, from taking part in various social events. This happens especially in the case of religious events.
3. Myth: Bathing or washing your hair during a period will increase your flow
This is an old myth and it’s not true. You can feel free to keep clean and fresh throughout your period.
4. Myth: You cannot get pregnant during your period.
This isn’t true, despite what a lot of people believe. Every female who’s sexually active or plans to be any time soon can get pregnant during periods. Once inside you, sperm can live for 3-5 days. Ovulation can occur during, or soon after, the bleeding phase. If you don’t want to get pregnant, either don’t have sex, or use birth control every single time you do.
5. Myth: Irregular periods are bad for reproductive health.
First, talk to your doctor or gynecologist if you’ve missed your period. It can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to become regular after the first time you get it. And, for some girls, it never becomes completely regular. There are lots of things, including stress, illness and intense exercise, which can mess with your cycle. That’s why you should consult a heath professional first.
6. Myth: During your period, you lose a lot of blood and it causes anemia
Menstruation in healthy women does not cause iron deficiency anemia. Blood loss during a period in healthy women is not more than 80ml. For the first few hours/days of your period, it may seem like you’re losing a lot blood. In case, the blood loss is more than 80ml, you should consult your doctor immediately.
7. Myth: Exercise is bad for you when you have your period.
Exercising is almost always good for you. If you feel like exercising, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. If you have cramps during your period, exercise is actually the most effective cure, releasing endorphins into the blood and relieving cramps. It's actually a great way of controlling PMS and cramps because it increases the supply of oxygen to the muscles.
8. Myth: You should avoid sex when you have your period.
Sex during your period is fine as long as you and your partner are both consenting, but remember that having your period doesn’t prevent the risk of pregnancy.
9. Myth: If you don't get your period you’re definitely pregnant!
There are many factors that can delay your period. So a delay in your period doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant. Your period could be late due to stress, weight gain or loss or other life changes. But if you've had sex, and your period is nowhere in sight; take a pregnancy test! That way you'll know for sure.
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