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6 Myths About Menstruation: The Truth Behind the Taboo

Story Highlights
  • Menstrual blood is impure blood, not regular blood.
  • Irregular periods reflect fertility issues.
  • Flow is better with hot water.
  • Exercise is as important as rest is
  • It is dangerous to wash your hair during periods.
  • Tampons are not a good idea.

Menstruation, a Taboo topic in Pakistan, has a lot of superstitious ideas attached to it, which, due to the lack of education, are widely believed. Here are a few myths debunked for better understanding.

Menstrual blood is impure blood, not regular blood.

Period blood is just like any other blood. Because monthly blood is discharged via the vagina, this misconception has likely spread. Furthermore, menstrual blood is perfectly normal and healthy since vaginas are a typical component of the female anatomy. Not to mention, it’s odorless.

Irregular periods reflect fertility issues.

See a doctor if you haven’t had your period and think anything could be wrong. It may take six months to a year before you experience regularity. Some young women never reach a state of consistency. Your cycle might be disrupted by various factors, such as stress, sickness, and strenuous physical activity. This is why it is recommended that you first speak with a medical expert.

Flow is better with hot water.

The good and bad news is that your body is essentially the only thing that can alter your flow. Therefore, neither its weight nor its lightness can be changed. Likewise, a hot shower, bath, or hot water bottle wrapped in a towel will alleviate cramping.

Exercise is as important as rest is

You should sleep well throughout your period, but don’t forget to keep up your regular workout routine. Exercise has been proven to reduce cramps and improve mood, so get up and go for a walk; you’ll feel much better.

It is dangerous to wash your hair during periods.

It would be best if you did not alter your usual personal hygiene and grooming routine because you are experiencing your period. Some women have found that taking a warm bath or shower during their period relieves the cramping they experience.

Tampons are not a good idea.

Since the hymen is sufficiently elastic, even the insertion of a relatively inconspicuous object like a tampon will not result in tears. In addition, since menstrual blood lubricates the vagina, inserting a tampon shouldn’t be painful if it’s done correctly because the blood will already be there.

Talk to a nurse or doctor if you come across information you don’t understand or make you uncomfortable; they may verify its veracity for you. Medical care is no place for myths and falsehoods.

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