Mood swings and cramps are what comes into your mind when you hear ‘menstruation’. Right? But there’s another word that you can add to the list- “Myths”.
Several myths surround the whole phenomenon of menstruation, and today we will bust these myths. Here’s a list of myths from around the world about periods and their corresponding fact checks. Let’s get started then!
Myth 1: Plants die if girls on their period touch them or even go near the plants
This is one of the most foolish period myths that you will ever hear. Plants are bound to grow when maintained with love and care. It never really matters who it comes from.
Plants are indiscriminate, and they love good care, irrespective of whether the person maintaining it has periods or not.
Myth 2: Girls on periods must stay separate from the rest of the family.
Maintaining menstrual hygiene is good, but it does not require girls on their periods to stay in a separate shelter altogether. Menstruation is in no way contagious or harmful for other people present in the house.
Myth 3: You Cannot Get Vaccinated While On Your Periods
Ever since the COVID-19 vaccination came out, many rumours have been circulating on social media regarding them. One of the many rumours is that “it is unsafe to get vaccinated during periods”. However, extensive studies suggest there is no data to support this claim. Taking vaccination is safe during periods. However, consult your gynaecologist before taking the jab if
- You are experiencing more than usual blood flow
- If you are menopause and yet experiencing blood flow
- A long delay in your periods
- Changes in your menstrual cycle
Myth 4: If You Miss Your Period, You are Pregnant
Missing your dates can send jitters down your spine especially if you are sexually active. While pregnancy can be a probable cause for someone missing their period, it is not the only cause. There could be various other possible reasons for it, such as changes in the sleep cycle, lesser physical exercise, or other medical reasons. If you miss your periods, don’t panic, give it a few days or ask your gynaecologist before you test yourself for pregnancy.
Myth 5: You Cannot Get Pregnant When You Are Menstruating
The belief here is that if a woman has unprotected sex during her period, it is unlikely that she will get pregnant if she menstruates regularly.
This myth about menstruation needs some knowledge to be understood. Otherwise, it can be a dangerous belief.
Ovulation occurs after the period finishes. But if a woman has an irregular menstrual cycle or bleeds for a longer number of days, then there’s a possibility that her fertility window may overlap the menstruation period.
So, you can get pregnant during your menstruation, especially if you have a short cycle. Use modern contraception method – Unwanted 21, regular oral contraceptive tablet to ensure you don’t get pregnant. This should be taken on the 1st day of the cycle and for the next 21 days. Stop for seven days and continue another batch, and so on.
So, Get your Facts Checked!
With so many myths surrounding menstruation, it is common for women to believe them or follow them blindly. But now that the myths are busted, think twice before you believe anything.
Stay Away from Myths and Be Happy!
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