‘That time of the month’ or ‘crimson waves’ call it what you want, but menstruation is the second most tabooed subject in India, after sex. No matter what euphemism we try, periods have nothing mystical about it. It’s a simple, natural process that is vital to female health. But periods is still surrounded by many myths that we are going to debunk right now. Even the ladies who think they are doing completely fabulous with their body could use a little knowledge and the men could also learn something good to impress their lady love with these trivia.
No swimming allowed
Whoever told you this throw them into the swimming pool. You can totally swim during periods if you are wearing a menstrual cup or tampon. If you are not comfortable bleeding in a cup, you can wear the regular sanitary pad under the swimsuit and enjoy sunbathing instead.
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No to exercise too
Oh, we can’t hear this enough! Exercise is, in fact, beneficial for you during periods. Simple exercises can help you control menstrual cramps and help you fight mood swings. It’s because of workout releases endorphins, which helps reduce the level of stress and anxiety.
You don’t get pregnant during periods
Just because it’s unusual that doesn’t make it true. Ovulation and your cycle can be highly unpredictable. Ovulation can happen before, during or after the bleeding, especially if you have irregular periods. So you must have protected sex to avoid pregnancy, because your menstruation isn’t its alternative.
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Average periods last a week
Just like no two women’s bodies work the same way, their menstruation cycles also vary. Some women bleed for 3-4 days, while some for about a week and both are fine!
Irregular periods mean pregnancy
Irregular periods happen for multiple reasons starting from stress, obesity and lifestyle issues. It’s also okay to skip one or two in a year and in most cases it’s perfectly normal. But you must visit your doctor if you are missing it for two months in a row and not pregnant.
Menstruation blood is not real blood
It’s as real as the blood from a cut on your skin. But menstruation blood contains some small tissues as your uterine lining shades after ovulation. So it’s just the popular perception about ‘menstruation blood’ that is not real.
Tampons can affect your virginity
Technically, virginity is just a condition of your body which indicates you haven’t had intercourse before. Tampons can no way make you un-virgin. You can accidentally break the hymen when putting the tampons, but you will still be a virgin!
Sour foods increase menstrual pain
Sour food cannot affect your menstrual pain. Period. But maintain a healthy diet nonetheless.
Everyone gets their period at ___ (enter any random age)
In my family it’s 13, in your family it could plus/minus 1 or 2. Usually girls get their first period between 9 to 15 years of age. But there is no ‘standard age’ for a first period.
PMS is not real
Well it’s as real as our hormones are. Other than the constant cramps and never-ending bloating, many women experience acne, trouble sleeping, severe mood swings, depression, headaches, muscle pain and upset bowels. So the next time somebody tells you that you are ‘just PMSing’, tell them there is a war going on inside you and it’s because of the crazy hormones!
Have you heard any other myths related to periods? Tell us in the comments below!