9 Myths About Your Period You Might Actually Believe
Periods. The best part about being a woman, right? Yeah, not so much. But they are a natural thing, so why should we have to live our lives with caution just because it’s that time of month? We don’t! Here are nine myths about your period that you shouldn’t worry about anymore.
Myth: You can’t go swimming on your period
What do you think tampons are for? I assure you, your period will be secured if you wear a tampon. While we’re at it, the myth about attracting sharks while you’re on your period is also untrue. So if you’re planning a fun, ocean-filled vacation, there’s no reason to sit on the sidelines. Go have fun!
Myth: You shouldn’t have sex while you’re on your period
Although this seems like it would be gross and messy to some girls, it’s actually okay to have sex while on your period. If you and your partner are comfortable with it, then there is no reason not to. Just keep in mind…
Myth: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period
Not true. Though it’s not likely, sperm can live inside you for up to five days, and ovulation can occur while you’re on your period, which means you can get pregnant. So, play it safe and use protection!
Myth: Your period comes every 28 days
Everyone is different, and there are many reasons that your cycle may not stay on a perfect schedule. Even your last cycle could be different than your next one. Just keep track of the days and plan ahead to take medications if you experience bad pains. Some reasons for an irregular cycle are stress, exercising, not eating well, or illness.
Myth: If you miss your period, you are pregnant
Like I mentioned in the last myth, there are many reasons that could cause your period to be late. Don’t jump to conclusions, but if you’ve had sex recently and your period is late, take a pregnancy test just to be sure.
Myth: Certain foods are bad for you when you’re on your period
You should have the same mindset about food on your period as you do when you’re off your period. You can still eat anything you want, but try to stay as healthy as you can.
Myth: No one really gets Toxic Shock Syndrome
Although it is rare, Toxic Shock Syndrome is real and dangerous. Women can get TSS from wearing tampons for a much longer time than instructed. To avoid TSS, buy the least absorbent tampon you need and change it every 4 to 8 hours. Or try a menstrual cup like the Diva Cup!
Myth: PMS is all in your head
Not true. Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is perfectly normal. Most women experience some type of PMS, whether it’s mood swings, cravings, or other symptoms.
Myth: You lose a lot of blood during your period
Although it may look like you are losing a lot of blood, especially during the first few days of your period, you’re really not. On average, women lose about 4 tablespoons to a cup of blood during their menstrual cycle. If your periods are heavier than that, it’s best to contact your doctor.