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Period myths

There are many myths about periods that a quick Internet search pulls up over 3 million hits! Some common ones are: you shouldn’t wash your hair during a period; dental fillings will fall out if put in during a period; you can’t go swimming; you shouldn’t attempt any exercise; you can easily catch a cold while having a period; you shouldn’t have cold drinks; even that you’re ‘unclean’. These are all nonsense. A period is a completely natural event, and there is no reason why you should not do anything you would normally do.

  • You can't go swimming when you have your period.

    1There is no reason to not go swimming when you have your period. With the right protection (tampons), your period is secured whatever activity you take on.

     
  • You should stay away from sex when you have your period.

    2Sex during your period can be a bit messy, but other than that it's OK if your partner is up to it (but remember that a period doesn’t prevent the risk for pregnancy, see myth number 5)! Have fun!

     
  • You can lose your virginity by using a tampon.

    3Your virginity is a "status" that can only be lost by having intercourse.

     
  • Exercise is bad for you when you have your period.

    4Exercising is almost always good for you. If you have cramps during your period exercise is actually the most effective cure!

     
  • You cannot get pregnant when you have your period.

    5This is how you get pregnant: An egg is released from the ovaries (ovulation). If sperm enter, they swim upstream, looking for that egg. If you’re lucky (depending on how you look at it, of course) the sperm fertilizes the egg - making you pregnant. Since it's possible for ovulation to occur during your period, it's possible for you to get pregnant when you have your period.

     
  • Your period comes every 28 days.

    6Cycles vary a lot - from person to person, but also from cycle to cycle. Especially in the beginning of your period you might experience very irregular periods (because ovulation hasn't really started).

    Other reasons for irregular period cycles are, for example:

    • Stress
    • Travelling between time zones
    • Strenuous exercise
    • Illness
    • Drastic weight change
    • Not eating well
     
  • You lose a lot of blood during your period and should therefore rest a lot.

    7You lose about four tablespoons of blood during your period. So no need to panic or lie down. It looks a lot more than it actually is!

     
  • Don’t wash your hair when you have your period

    8This is an old wives' tale and nothing to pay attention to. Believe us, it's totally OK to wash your hair when you have your period.

     
  • Some types of food are bad for you when you have your period.

    9Not true. When it comes to eating during your period the same rules apply as when you don't have your period: Eat anything you want, but remember that healthy food is called healthy for a reason...

     
  • If you don't get your period you’re definitely pregnant!

    10Just like we mentioned when we talked about period cycles being very different, there are many factors that can delay your period:

    • Stress
    • Travelling between time zones
    • Strenuous exercise
    • Illness
    • Drastic weight change
    • Not eating well

    But if you've had sex, and your period is nowhere in sight: take a pregnancy test! That way you'll know for sure.

     
  • Women menstruating can catch a cold easily and should avoid cold water or iced drinks.

    11Cold can make pain worse for some, but you will certainly not catch a cold by drinking cold liquids.

     
  • Women are always moody and irrational during menstruation.

    12A lot of women (not everyone) experience some sort of PMS, but far from all symptoms are about mood swings and irrational behaviour. Read more under All about your period.

     
  • Women having their period are more likely to be attacked by bears, sharks, etc.

    13There is no evidence that supports this. Blood CAN attract sharks, but then again so can urine, sweat and all types of bodily fluids. No need to worry.

     
  • PMS is all in the mind

    14This myth probably remains from a time when Premenstrual Syndrome was looked at as an imagined disease. However, modern medicine proves that this is simply not the case. It's for real, and as many as 85% of all women experience some sort of symptoms.

     
 
 
 
 
 

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