Hello. So it’s Talk.Period time again. Over the weeks we have covered a lot on the period and its really been fun, well if I can so myself. Menstruation is such a taboo subject even among women. I suppose it’s because it is such a private and personal thing. And I believe that because it is so private many women suffer in silence and don’t get to ask questions about it.
Today’s topic is for all those who have questions and want to know the truth about some myths concerned with menstruation. Remember I’m not a doctor, just a girl who wants to talk period, so here goes:
- You can’t get pregnant during your period
Well it’s not likely but it’s not impossible as there is always a chance. Ovulation can get confused, as well as menstrual cycles.
- Avoid exercise and rest during your period
If you feel like exercising you certainly should as it increases the supply of oxygen to your muscles. If you have very severe pains then try some light exercise that doesn’t aggravate the muscles more.
- Periods should last for exactly one week
Every cycle is different so the above myth is not true. It’s perfectly normal for a cycle to last between 3 to 7 days. If you have a cycle that lasts more than 7 days then you may want to see a doctor.
- Virgins don’t wear tampons
The myth is that virgins will typically find wearing a tampon difficult. This is untrue as levels of comfort truly depend on the person. Also, using a tampon does not take away ones virginity. The only way that can happen is if a girl has sex. Wear whatever you are comfortable in.
- You can’t swim during your period
Pads cannot be used in water so if you want to or need to swim whilst menstruating, use a tampon. It works fine.
- Premenstrual syndrome (pms) is all in the mind.
Pms symptoms are related to how an individual’s hormones change during her cycle. These include symptoms like acne, headaches, cramps, depression or moodiness.
- Talking to your daughter, sister or cousins about periods will scare her.
If you do not talk to the above about the period it may actually alarm her when the day she starts bleeding comes. It’s always a good idea to be honest and open about this topic. Girls can start menstruating from between the ages of 9 and 16 so prepare your loved ones for it. Talk. Period.
- A tampon can get lost in your vagina.
Nothing can get lost in your vagina. This is because your vagina ends at your cervix, and a tampon cannot get beyond that. If you cannot remember if you pulled your tampon out or not (yes it happens!), lie down and reach into your vagina with clean fingers. If you can feel it but are failing to get it out, then your doctor or nurse can help. Please do not leave it in there.
- If you miss a period then you are pregnant.
Pregnancy is the most common reason for a missed period. If you are sexually active and miss a period then it is advisable to take a pregnancy test. However, there can be other reasons for a missed period such as stress, illness and changes in weight and diet.
These are some of the myths we come across, if you have any others please comment below and we can find out if its myth or fact. Until next time… take care.
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