While we were growing up, and even well into our adult years, we have read and heard a number of theories when it comes to our menstrual cycles. Whether it is superstitious beliefs, old wives’ tales, or even age-old practices followed at home, everyone has something to say about menstruation. While some are pure fact, other information can prove to be factually incorrect.
But no matter what you hear or read, it is important to understand your body and the natural processes it undergoes--what happens, why it happens, and everything in between. This is exactly why it is equally important to gauge whether the information is true or false. We help you identify fact from fiction with these five common period myths:
Myth 1: You must rest and avoid exercise while you are on your period.
Fact: While we understand that moving about or indulging in any physical activity may seem like a daunting task, rest and recovery is advised if you’re experiencing a significant loss of energy. The fact remains, exercise helps to ease up your cramps. Light exercises like walking, stretches, and low intensity workouts at home are advisable, before moving on to full-fledged physical activities. Yoga is also another way you can keep yourself active during those days. However, remember to avoid core workouts as that can cause some amount of discomfort during this time.
Myth 2: Pain during your period is normal.
Fact: Cramping does cause pain, but if the pain you are experiencing is severe that it may interfere with your regular activities, then it is best to reach out to your doctor. Depending upon your symptoms, adequate treatment will be recommended.
Myth 3: Managing your menstrual cycle using hormonal pills is dangerous and can have side-effects on your uterus.
Fact: Pills are an effective form of contraception as they stop you from ovulating. Since there is no ovulation, the uterus lining does not thicken, avoiding the build-up of blood and tissue that need to be rid of. Contraceptive or hormonal pills are a perfectly healthy and normal way of regulating your period, giving you more control over your menstrual cycle.
Myth 4: You cannot get pregnant on your period.
Fact: While the chances of you getting pregnant on your period may be low, it is no completely impossible. It is likely that the vaginal bleeding during ovulation could be mistaken for the start of your period, when in fact, this is the time you are the most fertile. There is also a likelihood of you getting pregnant towards the end of your period as sperm can live for up to 72 hours after ejaculation.
Myth 5: Only women get periods.
Fact: Period is not limited to women. It is very much possible for transgender men to get their period. Similarly, transgender women could also not get their period. It is imperative to understand that menstruation is more of a human condition than a women condition.