8 Myths About Periods – Fact Vs. Fiction

There are always stories making rounds in regards to women and the tale of their mysterious monthly female problems. A topic not discussed in the open – Menstruation or Period – whatever you would like to call it.

Let’s analyse the actual truth behind these myths. Are they facts or just plain fiction?

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GIF credits: Giphy

1) Swimming in the ocean will get you eaten by sharks.

Swimming while on period will attract sharks
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FICTION

Unless you’re in the movie JAWS or Blake Lively in The Shallows – consider yourself lucky. You would probably have a higher probability of running into Blake Lively.

Dr. Chris Lowe the head of California State University, Long Beach’s Shark Lab  says, “The amount of blood that is produced during menstruation is so small that it becomes background with all of the other components that are in the water, it would be very difficult for a shark to localize that.”

2) You cannot get pregnant.

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FICTION

I’m sorry ladies, but you can get pregnant (if you’re sexually active) even during your period. I guess mother nature really doesn’t like us huh? Sperms can live for up to 5 days inside you. If your ovulation day occurs during or soon after your bleeding phase then – congratulations, I guess!

Which brings us to the third myth.

 

3) You can have sex.

 

FACT

So…It may be a bit messy. But if your partner is up for it – why not? But for precautionary measures, do take birth pills to avoid “accidents” as mentioned in point 2.

 

4) Menstrual blood is different from normal blood.

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GIF credits: Giphy

 

FICTION

Unless you’re a huge Taylor Swift fan, no blood is Bad Blood. Menstrual blood is regular blood and there is nothing “dirty” or “bad” about it; except that it flows out of the vagina. However, the thickness of the blood may change depending on the day of your cycle and hormone levels.

 

5) Women lose a lot of blood during their periods.

 

Photo credit: Wallpapers Home
Photo credit: Wallpapers Home

FICTION

Ironically, you lose only about four tablespoons to about a cup of blood during your period. However, if you do happen to bleed more then that, check out this article or visit a doctor.

 

6) Menstrual cycles can last more than 28 days.

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FACT

The magical number 28 is only an average. The length of the menstrual cycle varies due to multiple reasons, such as stress, travelling across time zones, strenuous exercise, illness, drastic weight change and not eating well. Here’s more about the menstrual cycle.

 

7) A tampon can get lost inside your vagina.

 

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GIF credits: Giphy

FICTION

You’d be thankful to know that your vagina is not a black hole and nothing can get lost in it! 🙂

But, be careful not to forget to remove your tampon. Try lying down and reaching into your vagina with clean fingers.

 According to Seventeen, The vagina is only about 3 to 4 inches long (though it can stretch to accommodate vaginal intercourse or having a baby), so chances are, if a tampon’s in there, you’ll be able to feel it. “If you feel the tampon but absolutely can’t pull it out yourself, your doctor or nurse can help,” says Dr. Nucatola. So, don’t freak out or be afraid to use tampons. 

 

8) Women do not PMS. It is all in the mind.

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RESULT: FICTION

From all of us women who do PMS – we are sorry for turning into an untamed monster, but it’s just our hormones. Also, please do get me chocolates, maybe just tubs and tubs of chocolates. Thank you!

According to BodyForm UK: Premenstrual Syndrome has been proven as a factual condition and approximately 85% of women worldwide experience some sort of symptom.

 


These are some of the most popular myths making their rounds around town. If there any other myths that we have missed out; please do let us know in the comments below. 🙂

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