If you don't get reliable information about your menstrual cycles early on, you might go through life believing a bunch of old wives' tales. Have you heard the one about virgins not being able to use a tampon? False. How about the one that claims women can't get pregnant while breastfeeding? False again. There is also some foolish chatter about not being able to wash your hair, get dental fillings, or teeth pulled when "Aunt Flo" is visiting. False. Wrong. And wrong again.
The madness has to stop somewhere. If your conversation about "the birds and the bees" is really about birds and bees, then you should definitely read on. Here are seven myths about your period that need to be debunked immediately.
Your Period Will Come Every 28 Days Like Clockwork
Actually, it won't always do that. According to
Web MD, 28 days is an average which means it can come sooner or later. Your hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone, control your menstrual cycles. If your hormone levels are balanced, expect to be more consistent in the time between cycles. Women and girls who are on the pill generally have cycles regularly because the pill is a type of hormone therapy. If you have sudden changes to your diet, physical activity, stress levels, health condition, or start taking certain medications, your cycle will likely fluctuate.
PMS Is Psychological
PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome is very real. Your body is undergoing hormonal changes that causes more changes to your fluid levels and mood. You may also experience acne, sensitivity to pain, cramps, discomfort, and lower energy levels. You should take this time to invest in some self-care and treat your symptoms. What you are feeling is real and ignoring those feelings might make you miserable.
Period Blood Is Bad Blood
It's not like an all-out slaughter has taken place in your uterus. Menstrual blood is simply a mix of blood, older uterine tissue cells, and
secretions from the vagina and cervix. Its composition is different as it contains more water and less iron than arterial blood. But this doesn’t make it bad or impure--just different.
You Can't Get Pregnant On Your Period
Sperm can survive up to five days in your vagina. If your body decides to ovulate early, you could get pregnant even on your period. So, unless you want a house full of children, you'd best practice whatever your preferred means of birth control, year-round.
You Can't Have Sex On Your Period
Honestly, you can if you want to. Some women prefer to abstain from sex for religious or cultural reasons. Others just don't care for the discomfort they already experience during their cycles. Make the decision that is right for you, keeping in mind that periods do not prevent pregnancy nor the transmission of diseases. Wrap it up!
You Can't Workout On Your Period
Lies! You absolutely can workout while on your period. You may need to make some adjustments depending on your energy levels and how heavy your flow is, but elite athletes do it all the time. Can you imagine Venus and Serena postponing a match in a Grand Slam because they are "flowing?" Please.
Sharks Will Attack
No. No they won't. At least not because of your period. Sharks eat people when they are hungry. If you don't want to be featured on "When Animals Attack," stay close to shore.