Period myths! What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear these words? You must be thinking about myths like Don’t go in holy places, don’t wash your head, menstruating women attract sharks, Menstruating women are impure and much more. Well! Undoubtedly, these are some of the typical stereotype myths that have been thriving among people. Some believe these to be true and some categorise them as myths although regardless of the people’s beliefs, such kind of things will always be misconceptions that continue to reside in people’s minds. There’s not really any logical explanation for such kind of myths which can be explained to people.
But there are some of the period myths that do come with a logical and scientific explanation. There might not be much awareness about such kind of period myths but yes! some way or the other, most of the people believe these myths to be true (consciously or unconsciously) and these misconceptions can definitely be cleared.
6 Period myths that you thought were true
Period and sex should not be mixed: This is completely a myth that people tend to believe. Yes! sometimes it can be infectious to the male partner because it increases the risk of getting STI and viruses like HIV may be present in menstrual blood but if you’re having protected sex, there’s nothing wrong in satisfying your sexual urges during “that time of the month”. In fact, sex during the period can actually benefit you. Sex works as an effective remedy to alleviate the period cramps. The orgasms which get released during the sex can act as pain relievers. To know more about the health benefits of orgasms click here.
Heavy blood loss during the period: It feels awful to bleed for those 4-5 days, right? With all the weakness and restlessness, it sure does feel like you have lost a good amount of blood and you’re going to bleed to death, isn’t it? But the reality is quite different.
Did you know a woman bleeds around less than half a cup only (including clots) per menstruation cycle? I mean this much blood loss is manageable; it really doesn’t affect your energy level much. Yes! It is true that some women may experience heavy blood loss but that’s the different case. They have menstruation issues (like Menorrhagia) due to which they tend to have excessive bleeding during their periods. If you’re perfectly healthy, there’s nothing to worry about. You will not bleed your entire blood out. It’s just our perception, nothing else.
You cannot get pregnant until you have your first period: You must be thinking that this fact obviously doesn’t categorise as a myth. I mean, how can you get pregnant without getting your first period? Getting started with your period is the first requirement to get pregnant, right? Yes! In most of the girls, it is but there can be some girls whose bodies follow a different pattern. See, you need to be ovulating to get pregnant and in some girls, ovulation can start before they have their first period. So! Having sexual intercourse just before you’re about to get your first period can actually get you pregnant though this is unlikely to happen but not impossible. There’s no way to know when you’ll be getting your first period but I would suggest using protection just in case your body decides to act differently.
Smoking has no relation to menstruation: This is a very risky myth that people believe to be true. Other than the known side effects of smoking, I’m going to list some of the lethal effects of smoking that can really damage your body. So, girls, you should pay attention to this one.
- Smoking can kill a woman’s eggs and can cause premature menopause.
- Smoking can cause cervical cancer and even leads to infertility problems. Women who smoke have the greater chances of anovulation.
- It makes your period worst by resulting in more menstrual cramps.
- Smoking can also make your period irregular.
So next time think twice before taking a drag.
Menarche(first period) means that ovulation has occurred: This is another period myth that is usually believed to be true. In most of the postmenarchal girls (80% approx), ovulation doesn’t start for the initial first year. It takes time for the onset of regular ovulation. It can be predicted with the consistent pattern of menstrual blood flow and the consistent intervals between the menstrual cycles. For continuing ovulation, a certain body mass is required (approx 22%) and in the absence of the required body fat, girls can experience anovulation and irregular menses as well. Learn more about ‘everything you need to know about Menarche here’.
You cannot get pregnant during your period: This is the most commonly believed misconception among people but this is not true. There are fair chances of getting pregnant during your period so do not go for unprotected sex during that time of the month. There is an explanation behind this and to understand that in a better way let’s start with understanding the process of ovulation.
Ovulation occurs when an egg is released from one of the ovaries into the uterus. The egg survives up to 24 hours and if during this time it gets fertilised by the sperm, pregnancy occurs and if not it comes out after 14 days (approx) along with the uterus lining in the form of menstrual blood. This entire process takes place in the middle of the menstrual cycle. Women usually have 28-32 days cycle but some may have different period cycles. For example, if a woman bleeds for 6-7 days, she has a shorter cycle. If she has sex during the end days of her period and starts ovulating after 3 days of the period, she has the more chances to get pregnant because the sperm can live up to 5-7 days.
So if you’re going for unprotected sex during your period, you might want to think again. You might be putting a baby in your belly.
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