Myths about periods we need to bust right now
You know it’s that time of the month. Yes, that time.. It’s a topic whispered in hushed tones, and referred to by a plethora of...
You know it’s that time of the month. Yes, that time.. It’s a topic whispered in hushed tones, and referred to by a plethora of secret code names. But we will give you hints. Women only have a handful of reasons to love it and a bucket full of reasons to hate it. All thanks to the painful cramps, nausea, headaches, mood swings and terrible body pain.
Guess it yet? We bet you did. Periods. It’s a realistic topic that is often discussed in secrecy and with shame – Sadly.
Probably the reason why there still prevails a hundred age-old myths surrounding it. You know, those “words of wisdom” about what you can or can’t do during your period. But guess what? We have come a long way. Technology is driving our world, modern mindsets are shaping the edifice. So, it won’t be too late to discard the traditional myths that deserve to be in the bin – for everybody’s sake and especially those of women who are forced to lead a certain kind of lifestyle which isn’t fair for them.
So, grab your favourite comfort food, and a hot water bottle before we break down these period-related misconceptions once and for all.
Myth 1: You can’t exercise during your period
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times: “You should just lie in bed with a hot water bottle during your period.” “Exercising during your periods can hurt your vagina. You may face issues being a mother”
But, newsflash, exercising is good for you, regardless of when you do it. On the contrary, it can actually be incredibly beneficial during menstruation. Turns out, moderate physical activity can help reduce cramps, improve your mood, and relieve bloating. So, go ahead, don’t let periods be the excuse you are waiting for – hit the gym, or take a brisk walk – your body will thank you.
Myth 2: You can’t swim during your period
“Do you wish to make the pool bloody?”
We bet that’s what you were told when you planned to go for a swim on your period. But just so you know, we are way into the future. There are tons of high-quality menstrual products which can make swimming during your period more than possible. Tampons, menstrual cups, and period-proof swimwear can help you feel confident and enjoy your time in the water without any worries.
Myth 3: You can’t get pregnant on your period
While the chances of getting pregnant during your period are lower, it doesn’t mean it is not possible. Just so you know, sperm can survive in the female reproductive system for several days, so if your cycle is short, you could ovulate shortly after your period ends. Don’t rely on your period as a foolproof method of contraception – use proper birth control if you’re not ready for a surprise.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t have intimate relations during your period
This myth is as old as time itself. But news flash, if you and your partner are comfortable with it, and there’s no medical reason to avoid intimacy during your period, there’s no harm in it. In fact, some people find that it can help ease menstrual cramps and enhance sexual pleasure. Just don’t forget to use protection.
Myth 5: Period pain is just in your head
If you have been told this, your response should be “If the shoe fits right, feel free to wear it”.
What we mean is, if you can’t feel the pain, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Period pain is real and is known as dysmenorrhea. It’s caused by uterine contractions as your body sheds its uterine lining. While some women experience mild discomfort, others have intense cramps. If you suffer from severe pain, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional who can help manage your symptoms.
Myth 6: You shouldn’t talk about your period
Why not? If it’s there, you’ve got to talk about it. Let’s break the stigma! There’s no shame in discussing your period openly. In fact, talking about it can help you and others learn more about menstrual health. Whether it’s sharing period stories, discussing menstrual products, or asking for advice, open communication is empowering and reduces the stigma associated with periods.
Myth 7: Periods last a full week
While periods can vary in length from person to person, they typically last around 3 to 5 days. If your period lasts longer, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare provider, as it might be a sign of an underlying health issue.
Myth 8: Period blood is dirty
You are a part of nature, and so is menstruation. Your period blood is not dirty or impure; it’s a natural bodily function. It’s a mixture of blood, uterine tissue, and other fluids, and it plays a crucial role in the menstrual cycle. There’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s a sign that your body is working as it should.
Myth 9: Periods are a women-only thing
Not all individuals who menstruate identify as women. Some transgender men and non-binary people also experience menstruation. It’s essential to be inclusive and recognise that periods are not limited to a women-specific gender.
Myth 10: You can’t use menstrual products for too long
The duration you can safely use tampons or menstrual cups varies depending on the product and your flow. However, changing them every 4 to 8 hours is generally recommended to reduce the risk of infection. Don’t worry; using them for a few hours longer occasionally won’t lead to any dire consequences. It’s all about hygiene in the end.
It is high time we ditch these outdated myths and embrace a more open, informed, and positive approach to discussing and managing periods. Periods are a natural part of life, and there’s no need to hide, suffer in silence, or be embarrassed about them. Let’s celebrate the wonder of the human body and support one another in navigating the ebbs and flows of our menstrual cycles. After all, knowledge is power, and it’s time to empower ourselves and those around us with the truth about periods.