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All women have heard about myths and misconceptions about menstruation that make us go whaaat? While many of us believe these myths some of us have challenged them leading to a free and wonderful feminine psyche. Welcome to this kind of life as we demystify 10 myths and misconceptions about menstruation.

You may have heard things like:

  • Your periods should last one week every month.
  • You can’t conceive during your periods.
  • Don’t bathe during your periods.
  • Avoid chores.
  • Pain during menstruation is normal.
  • Hormones define women.
  • Period blood is dirty.
  • We have one best way to deal with period blood.
  • If you miss your period, you are pregnant or you have reached your menopause age.
  • Its normal to have your periods when pregnant

We are here to shed some light because we all need some deeper understanding. So let’s dive in right away.

1.Your periods should last one week every month 

That is not true at all!! (women) can’t all function the same way while our bodies’ hormones vary from each other and the menstruation cycle changes every month. Pandia Health says most women’s periods last five days and occur every four to five weeks, but they can be longer or shorter in some women and vary from month to month.

2.You can’t conceive during your periods 

Don’t convince yourself and have unprotected intercourse believing you won’t get pregnant. It’s a trap. The chances are limited but not impossible.

Remember, before your periods, your body prepares itself for conceiving (thickening of the uterus wall). Most of us believe that after the shedding of the uterus wall, it’s impossible to get pregnant, but keep in mind that sperm can live in your body for up to five days. The sperm might still be alive when you are done with your period, so that’s a risk you wouldn’t want to take. 

3.Don’t bath during your periods 

And with this, some suggest you shouldn’t bathe with cold water but with some warm water! But you need to shower like you normally do. Feminine hygiene is very important. Some believe that showering with warm water will stop your periods, which is untrue. Warm water can help in stimulating the blood flow, which makes you feel better. Cold water still serves the same purpose, knowing our body hormones work differently.

Showering doesn’t prevent your blood from flowing with caution when bathing. Just make sure your care product (soap) is unfragranced because if not, it will alter your pH level in the genital area.

4.Avoid chores

Baby guurrl. If you’ve got pains, by all means avoid chores. But one thing I have noticed is that I am more energetic during my period. I become superwoman during my periods and I would advise you to schedule your most complex work during this time. Your chaos during this time will produce fruits like never before. Also, exercise! Work out so the period cramps can lessen.

5.Pain during menstruation is Normal.

Myths and Misconceptions about Menstruation
Myths and Misconceptions about Menstruation

Period pain is common, not normal, says Sieg, an endo warrior we interviewed on our menstrual health awareness 2021. Read this article to know more about endometriosis.

Many of us have told some to relax and the pain will go away. The pain is real and very painful for some women. Some take off work and just chill indoors, praying the pinching cramps will go away. That pinching pain is called dysmenorrhea. “ Around 20 percent of women have dysmenorrhea that’s severe enough to interfere with their daily activities” Mayo Clinic.The pain makes us feel anxious.

6.Hormones define women 

During the menstrual cycle, our bodies undergo physical changes as oestrogen levels fall and progesterone levels rise. Oestrogen is linked to happy hormones, while the latter is associated with anxiety, depression, and fear, and it has a mood balancing effect. Drastic changes in mood are caused by hormones, but the mood changes caused by hormones are still real.

7.Period blood is dirty 

Period blood is a different type of blood that doesn’t come from our blood veins; it has fewer blood cells than normal blood. The blood is a mixture of blood, uterine tissue mucus, and bacteria.

This concept of period blood as dirty is what leads to period shame, which is common in many women limiting many of us from seeing and benefiting from period power. Your blood is what differentiates you from all other species in nature. You actually think its a curse?

8.We have one best way to deal with period blood

Sanitary pads have been the longest  used menstrual instruments, over time other instruments like tampons, cloth pads and menstrual cups and many more. Its just a matter of what you are comfortable with 

 “women do not hate their periods, it’s the menstrual instrument.” Many women’s attitudes about their periods change when they switch to other menstrual instruments. For example, Gemini Spice Magazine Founder, wrote about her experience with the menstrual cup that you can read here and see if you’d want to switch and discover advantages. 

9.If you miss your period, you are pregnant or you have reached your menopause age.

Frightening? Yeah, but worry not because some women go months without seeing their menstruation and they are not pregnant which is completely okay but sometimes it can be a sign of bigger issues.

One reason could be your body’s response to stress or that you have gained weight. Changes in body weight can lead to a condition called “secondary amenorrhea.” It’s common when your BMI undergoes a rapid change.

 Another reason could be that you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. People with PCOS don’t ovulate regularly. Sometimes the reason could be the birth control pills you are using, because some can have the opposite effect. It could also be that you have a thyroid condition which has affected the production of hormones that help to regulate many activities in your body, including your menstrual cycle. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can affect your periods, causing irregularity.

It could also be another chronic disease, such as celiac disease or diabetes, which are sometimes linked to our menstrual cycles.

10.Its normal to have your periods when pregnant 

The answer is no. Despite all the claims out there, it’s a no. You might have blood spotting, which should be pink or dark in colour, but not in periods.

If the blood flow is normal like your menstrual, then you need to see your gynaecologist.

Myths and Misconceptions about Menstruation

Other Commonly Asked Questions on myths and misconceptions about menstruation:

Can using tampons take a woman’s virginity?

According to Pandia Health,While it is true that tampons can cause the hymen to break when inserted, this does not imply that the individual is no longer a virgin. It is becoming sexually active, not the disruption of a piece of tissue, that causes you to lose your virginity.

Is it harmful to have sex during your period?

Period sex has a number of advantages, including greater lubrication and reduced cramp intensity. The biggest disadvantage is that it is significantly messier than usual sex because menstruation blood is present. That’s why you should line your bed with a towel.

Have you ever gotten a CJ during your period? Gurrrl, you are missing out.

Can exercising during your period harm your uterus? 

This is not always the case. Exercise can help relieve cramps, improve mood, and minimise exhaustion during your period. It doesn’t have to be a long or strenuous workout; rather, it should make you feel good.

It might be tough to tell fact from fiction when there are so many myths and misconceptions about menstruation floating around the internet. When in doubt, keep an eye out or consult a gynecologist.

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