Most of us grew up listening to whispered stories of what a normal period should be like. And most of the times, the facts that got passed on to us, would get mixed up with a few tweaks.
It’s time to debunk these myths! Here are popular myths around menstruation that needs to be done and dusted.
1. Myth: Menstrual Cycles Should Be 28 days Long
If you grew up fretting about the fact your menstrual cycle isn’t 28 days, it’s time to give yourself a break. It’s perfectly normal to have a cycle that isn’t 28 days long. It doesn’t mean something is wrong or abnormal. In fact, variations in cycle length are quite normal. It could range from anywhere between 21-35 days in adults. The cycles get shorter as we age.
2. Myth: Period Blood Is “Bad” Blood
There is nothing wrong with menstrual blood. It’s a mix of blood, older uterine tissue cells, and secretions from the vagina and cervix. It differs from normal blood because of its composition and other properties including the presence of more water and lesser iron. But this doesn’t make menstrual blood bad or impure.
3. Myth: PMS Is All In The Head
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a real condition that affects nearly 50% of women. It makes its appearance a week or two right before your periods. It could come in the form of mood swings, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, anxiety, and cravings. Some women even experience bouts of clumsiness as a symptom of PMS!
4. Myth: You Cannot Get Pregnant During Periods
The chances of getting pregnant during periods are low. But the truth is that it is possible. Did you know sperm could live up to 5 days in the vagina? This means if you do have unprotected sex during your periods, and if your ovulation decides to come in a little early, you could get pregnant. Because there is enough time for sperms to reach and fertilize the egg. Always wear protection during sex, even if you are on your period.
5. Myth: You Can’t Have Sex During Periods
There is nothing wrong with having sex while you are on your period. In fact, some women find themselves craving for sex during their periods. There is nothing gross or wrong about that. Just wear protection!
6. Myth: You Shouldn’t Do Exercises During Periods
There is no problem if you are up for exercising during your periods. In fact, mild exercises can help to deal with PMS in the future. There is no set of rules or restrictions you need to follow. It’s important to listen to your body.
7. Myth: Sharks Will Come After You If You’re Swimming In The Ocean
No. It just doesn’t happen. Women can’t increase their risk of getting attacked by a shark while they are menstruating. It doesn’t work in real life.