From puberty, you listen to a lot of things about mensuration. But some myths need to be bust to give happy and satisfied adulthood to our daughters. That’s why today, I will discuss ten-period myths and facts according to a gynecologist.
Period Blood Is Bad
Many women still believe whenever they get their periods, and it is a way for the body to flush out toxins. This is the biggest myth that we encounter every day.
Normally, what happens during a menstrual cycle is hormones released in your body, especially the ovaries, so due to these hormones’ effect, the uterus, that is, the lining of the uterus, which is called endometrium, grows thicker just before the periods.
When the Hormone levels are very low, this endometrium breaks down, and which bleeds this is called a period.
So there is no such thing as bad blood. It is just the endometrium that is broken and which bleeds, and this is called menstruation.
I have written a complete guide about the menstrual cycle that you can read by clicking on the following link.
Heavy Bleeding Means Healthy Uterus
If I have heavy bleeding, and this means that my uterus is working well or my fertility is good. Suppose you have heavy bleeding.
That means, if you’re, changing frequent pads or tampons, maybe six to seven per day, or if you’re passing a lot of clots or if your bleeding is extending more than seven days, then this is abnormal.
This is called menorrhagia. If you’re, having heavy bleeding, it doesn’t mean that your uterus is working well or your fertility is good. It only means that you’re losing a lot of blood, leading to anemia, and severe anemia is also associated with severe complications.
So, if you’re having any heavy bleeding, I would suggest you meet your gynecologist. Get yourself examined and evaluated to know the reason why you’re having heavy bleeding and treat accordingly.
You Shouldn’t Exercise Or Swim During Periods
This is the commonest excuse that we give ourselves when we have periods. We don’t want to exercise, so Exercise does not harm you during periods but is very beneficial.
Whenever you exercise during your periods, it’s not going to cause any additional pain, or it’s not going to increase your flow during your periods.
These endorphins are called feel-good chemicals, the so-called because whenever these Endorphins are released, it helps you decrease your stress.
It helps you relieve your pain and give you a euphoric effect, so Exercise has many benefits and has no harm during your periods. So you don’t have to stop exercising during your periods.
The same thing comes during swimming. Also, if you have a swimming habit, I would suggest you continue swimming during your periods. The only thing you need to remember when you’re swimming is to use a tampon.
If you’re using a pad, the pad can get filled up with water. Instead of that, you can use a tampon, which is fitted properly, and then continue to release some endorphins during your swimming lessons.
There is a common belief when a woman stays with another under the same rope. Their periods tend to line up, or they get their periods the same day.
Every month there have been several studies done in the past to see whether period synchrony exists or not. It has been concluded that period synchrony does not exist, so the average menstrual cycle is around 28 days.
The average time for a momentary During her periods maybe around five to seven days, so the odds of having your periods around another woman are quite high.
Secondly, whenever your periods are not lined up with another woman, you tend not to remember it. Still, when it gets lined up with another woman, you tend to place, so these things make you believe that period synchrony exists.
So, I would like to conclude that period Synchrony does not exist and is a myth.
PCOS Can Be Cured With Marriage Or With Childbirth
One of the symptoms of PCOS is irregular periods, and whenever you have a regular period, you get a piece of common advice from everybody that gets married or has a kid.
Your periods will start getting regularized. There are many causes for an irregular period, and, unfortunately, you can’t cure it with a marriage or with childbirth. First, you need to know the reason for varying periods.
So if you have irregular periods, meet your gynecologist to determine the cause and start the treatment for it? Only then can it cure your problem, and not marriage or childbirth can cause you to regularize your periods.
Use Of A Tampon Or Menstrual Cup Causes Loss Of Virginity
So we all know what a hymen is. It is a thin membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening. So this hymen is very thin and stretchy.
So whenever you use a tampon or small size menstrual cup, the hymen stretches, and you can insert it safely very rarely, there can be a tear in a hymen while using all these things. But then, this does not mean that you have lost your virginity.
You lose your virginity only when you have intercourse. So if a girl wants to use a menstrual cup or a pad, or a tampon, it is up to her. If she uses a tampon, she can also continue to swim, even during her periods.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Or Take Bath During Periods
You shouldn’t avoid taking a bath during periods. You should take a bath and clean your private area to keep it clean and dry.
Taking a bath does not impact your periods; it is not going to cause any additional problems.
Taking a warm water bath can help you to feel fresh during periods and also easier menstrual cram, so go ahead.
Take a bath to keep yourself clean during periods.
Menstruation Is Secret
Many times we notice it in a social gathering or a family gathering. When a woman is on her period, she is too embarrassed to tell any of her friends or relatives that she is on her period and cannot do normal work. She tries to signal, or she tries to whisper, that she is on her period.
Another incident that we commonly notice is when a woman buys a sanitary pad. She tries to signal the shopkeeper that she needs a sanctuary pack, and he wraps it in a newspaper, put it in another cupboard, and give it to her.
Why are we so embarrassed to use the term period, or why are we ashamed to say that we are on periods. Periods are normal physiological phenomena that happen to every girl or a woman from the age of 13 to 50, and it happens every month.
So we shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed to say that we are on our period, and it is time that we take a big step and talk about the period.
PMS Is Myth
Many of you must be undergoing premenstrual syndrome where you feel lost or feeling uh fatigue or having anxiety or feeling like, crying or feeling low, probably a few days before your periods – and this is called premenstrual syndrome.
Premenstrual syndrome is not a myth. Many women suffer a few of them. Can have mild symptoms, and few can have severe, but you cannot let your hormones control your life or day.
When you’re having this kind of an issue, small changes in your lifestyle like having a healthy diet or regular Exercise that include, even during your periods, can help you ease your premenstrual syndrome.
Suppose, with all these things, you cannot manage your premenstrual syndrome, and it is affecting your day-to-day activities. Then it is high time for you to meet your gynecologist and start with the treatment to easier problems.
Regular Periods Mean You Are Fertile
If you’re planning your pregnancy or trying for your pregnancy for a couple of months or years, you’re unable to achieve it and still think that if you have regular periods, it’s enough for you to conceive, then you’re wrong.
There are several factors for you not to conceive; for example, if there is a block in your tubes or some issues with your uterus, or if your husband’s semen is abnormal, then the chances of conception are less.
If you’re trying for your pregnancy and have regular periods for more than a year, and then it’s, you’re still unable to conceive. Then it is high time that you meet your gynecologist and look for the other causes for why you cannot conceive.
So I hope this article has helped you to break myths about periods. Don’t be shy, don’t be embarrassed, or be ashamed to talk about periods. Let us take the stigma away about feeling sorry about periods.
Let us talk openly; please discuss with your gynecologist if you’re having any issues with your menstruation.
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