6 Myths about your Period
Your period is a very natural thing but not knowing enough about it can leave you confused and can even result in you believing things about it that simply aren’t true. When it comes to periods, there are lots of strange beliefs around it – from silly superstitions like “women can’t handle or cook certain foods while on their periods” to misleading myths like “using a tampon can cause a girl to lose her virginity”.
Separating fact from fiction is a good way for you to understand your body and learn how to better handle your period. So here are a few myths to start with:
You can lose your virginity by wearing a tampon
Your virginity is more of a status. Different people define virginity differently but most will describe virginity as a “state of never having had sex”. This means that a tampon can’t break your virginity because it is not a sexual partner. They hymen (a fragile membrane that partially covers and protects the opening of the vagina) can be torn when a tampon is inserted. However, the hymen can also tear when you’re doing physical activities like gymnastics or riding a bicycle. So tearing your hymen during non-sexual activities doesn’t mean that you’re no longer a virgin.
Exercise is bad for you when you’re on your period
Exercising is good for you, whether you’re on your period or not because it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercising while you’re on your period might actually be recommended because it’s been said to help ease the pain of cramping and also boosts your mood!
You can’t swim while you’re on your period
You actually can choma. You just need to make sure you have the right period protection, such as a menstrual cup or tampon. You can still do lots of activities as you normally would when your period is secured. If you’re wearing a tampon, just remember to change it regularly (you can read the instructions on the package your tampon comes in).
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex while you’re on your period
This isn’t true choma. The fact is, you can fall pregnant. Here’s why:
Once inside you, sperm can live for 3-5 days. Ovulation (which happens when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilised) can happen while or soon after your period. So even a few days later, the sperm can fertilise the egg and result in your falling pregnant.
PMS is just all in the mind
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is not some made-up disease. It is a real thing. Most women experience symptoms of some kind when it comes to their periods because of the hormonal changes their body is going through. However, PMS does not make women crazy or unable to deal with situations. Periods don’t change your personality or your capabilities as a person.
A missed period means that you’re pregnant
Although the earliest sign of pregnancy is a missed period, missing a period can mean more than one thing. You could miss a period because of stress, bad eating habits, weight changes or just irregular periods. If you’re concerned about missed periods, speak to a doctor or nurse. They will help you understand more about your own period and help you figure out what could be causing you to miss a period.
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