Updated on June 3rd, 2019
Some of the period myths are funny, others are not. Serious and non serious myths have made menstruation a mysterious topic.
Menstruation is a phenomenon unique to the females. The onset of menstruation is one of the most important changes occurring among the girls during the adolescent years.
However, menstruation and menstrual practices are still clouded by taboos and socio-cultural restrictions. Across the world, periods play a part in girls and women missing or dropping out of school and, therefore, missing out on opportunities.
There are period myths that have been passed down, generation to generation, spurring on many false beliefs about having a period.
Here Are The Five Most Popular Period Myths And The Facts That Discredit Them:
1. Periods Are Dirty/Impure
2. Menstrual Cycle Always Lasts 28 Days
Fact: It is only an average number. Some women’s cycles are much longer, from 29 to 35 days, while others can be shorter.
3. The Pain Of A Period Is Not Real Thing
Fact: The Pain is real. his condition even has a medical name: dysmenorrhea. In fact, around 20 percent of women have dysmenorrhea that’s severe enough to interfere with their daily activities.
4. We Can’t Get Pregnant During Period
Fact: It’s less likely that you’ll get pregnant if you have your period. But, it is absolutely possible to get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during your period. It can happen, particularly if you’re someone with a shorter menstrual cycle.
5. Only Women Get Period
Fact: Plenty of people who don’t identify as women get periods, and plenty of people who do identify as women don’t get them. If you have a uterus, you can get your period regardless of gender identity, and multiple other factors like birth control, stress, and more could cause you to not have a period.