Top 5 Menstrual Myths Uncovered

Top 5 Menstrual Myths Uncovered!

It’s once again your time of the month, and Aunt Flo is visiting – there are a lot of phrases that women often use to avoid saying the word “menstruation / period.”

Even though menstruation is what most women experience at some point in their life, they are a topic that lots of people, especially women, would rather not discuss openly. Given this, it’s no wonder there are tons of myths surrounding this unique monthly process that every woman should have been proud to experience.

You’ve probably heard myths about period products, pregnancy and hormones since you first learned about menstruation in middle school or somewhat earlier. Here’s what’s not – and what’s true- about menstruations.

MYTH #1: Avoid activities like exercise and sex when you’re menstruating.

Fact: Don’t use your period as an excuse to skip your run or lay on the couch all day without doing anything.

“Exercise helps relieve period’s associated symptoms making you feel better, concentrated and more energetic while easing pain such as headaches, back pains and cramps,” said Pamela Kurey, MD, who is an obstetrician-gynaecologist.

In reality, sex can actually make you feel good due to the release of dopamine and oxytocin – pleasurable hormones that make sex an innate mood elevator, so don’t avoid having sex.

MYTH #2: You can’t get pregnant during your period/ menstruation.

Fact: Don’t ditch the condoms/ contraceptives just because you’re on your period. The chances of you getting pregnant while on your period are slim, but there’s a possibility.

Why Menstruation?
Your menstrual cycle happens because your unique body is preparing for pregnancy, and it does so by releasing an egg and thickening the lining/ wall of your uterus every month. It is believed that once your body sheds this lining, you can’t be impregnated.

It should be noted that sperms can live in your body for up to five (5) days. This implies sperms can linger in your body throughout your period as well as after – at which point it’s completely possible for them to fertilize any available egg making you pregnant. In short, use protection if possible – whether you’re on your period or not.

MYTH #3: Your menstrual period should last exactly one week each and every month.

Fact: Being on time doesn’t mean your period will be and so is your awesome monthly cycle due to your body’s unique nature.

For most women, periods happen every 4 to 5 weeks and last about five days. They can be longer or shorter and more or less frequent – and they can also change each month. This means you should clear your purse of those extra tampons or you want to plan your vacation around your period. Sometimes, it might come when you least expect it, and it’s helpful to always be prepared in advance.

MYTH #4: The Premenstrual Syndrome Known as PMS is all in your head.

Fact: If you start crying because your husband ate the last cupcake or you want to go to bed before you’ve even eaten dinner, you’re not in this alone.

Premenstrual syndrome also known as PMS is a combination of symptoms associated with menstruation such as irritability, feelings of sadness, fatigue and anxiety, before or during your period. More than 90% of women in the United States experience at least one symptom when they’re on their period.

PMS may be mild for some women. But for others, it may cause you to miss school or work because they’re so acute. In either case, it’s caused by hormones, which are completely out of your control and it’s perfectly normal.
Talk to your primary care provider or gynaecologist if your PMS symptoms impact your daily life. Your gynaecologist can help you find ways to reduce them through medication or lifestyle changes.

MYTH #5: There is one best way to deal with period blood.

Fact: Menstrual cups, tampons, pads – there are a lot of methods out there including local methods to soak up menstrual blood effectively. Your own assumptions, advertisements, or even your friends might make you think one method is more effective than another – when in reality, each has its pros and cons.

Note that all these methods will keep your white pants fresh, but some might be more convenient for you. You can also switch things up depending on what you’re wearing or what you’re doing that day.

Pads can be preferable for young girls who have just gotten their period or women who feel uncomfortable using a menstrual cup or tampon. Pantiliners – which are very thin pads – can be useful if you have light bleeding.

Some women/ girls prefer to use a tampon especially when playing sports or swimming due to their convenience. Don’t leave a tampon in for more than eight (8) hours, since it can cause an infection known as Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

Few other ways to deal with period/ menstrual blood, are:

Silicone cups also known as menstrual cups are inserted into your vagina to hold the blood until you empty it. They are reusable once you clean or disinfect them properly. These can be an affordable, convenient option in most cases.
Period underwear, which is a washable and reusable underwear that absorbs your period blood can be an environmentally-friendly option that’s affordable than buying new period products each month.

It is advisable talk to your primary care provider or gynaecologist if you have concerns about your period. There may be unique ways to make your time of the month a comfortable one.

Women should feel confident about the unique changes they experience each month and appreciate what their bodies can accomplish – period because having your period is a completely normal process.

Credit: Chestercountyhospital.com



Comments

  1. Some of the myths here are new to me but periods varies with every lady so I’m glad to have acquired these informations.
    I also think that avoiding sex when having your period is just a good way of avoiding the aftermath workload of washing stained sheets😬😅. In all, periods are natural and we have to learn how to appreciate the process whether in pain or joy 😊.

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