Updated: Dec 11, 2019
Is it that time of the month again?! Every month, millions of women are dealing with their periods. From the time you’re young to the age when you enter menopause, there are tons of stories you’d probably heard about menstrual cycles. Some might be true, but many of them are false! With all the ridiculous menstrual myths you’ve probably heard, we’re busting them today.
You can pass out from blood loss.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. When we get our periods, many of us believe that we’re expelling liters and liters of blood. You’re not! While some women have to deal with excessive bleeding while on their period, most don’t! During a normal period, you’re probably losing around 2-3 tablespoons of blood which is just over one ounce throughout your entire cycle!
You shouldn’t wash your hair.
This one is almost laughable! For some reason, there are tons of myths surrounding your period and your hair. Why? Who knows! Around the world, you’ll find many cultures that will tell you not to wash your hair while you have your period, but there’s no reason behind this. Wash away!
You shouldn’t exercise.
If there’s one thing Fergie’s “Fergalicious” taught us, it’s that we should “be up in the gym just working on my fitness.” One popular menstrual myth is that you shouldn’t exercise. Actually, you should always exercise! If your period drains you, you might not be able to go as hard as you normally would, but light exercise helps relieve many women of cramping!
You can’t get pregnant on your period.
While not washing your hair is a ridiculous myth that you could live with, this one isn’t! One myth that you might hear is that you can’t get pregnant while on your period. This is false! What they should actually say is that the probability of getting pregnant while having your period is low! Sperm can live up to five days in the female uterus, so if you want to have a bit of fun while on your cycle, take precaution!
If you use a tampon, you’re no longer a virgin.
No. Just no! If anyone’s telling you that you’re no longer a virgin for using a tampon, they clearly don’t know what a virgin is! Inserting a tampon into your vagina doesn’t strip you of your virginity. We thought it was obvious, but sex does that.
Beware of sharks while menstruating.
If you’ve ever seen Jaws, you’re probably already afraid of sharks, but you’ve probably heard that you should stay away from the beach while on your period. We’re here to tell you that you should go to the beach as often as you want! Jaws isn’t coming for you! There is not a single record or occasion that attributes a shark attack to a woman on her period.
Your period should be 28 days.
Is everyone in the world the same? No, so why should your period follow that? When you were younger, you probably thought that, like clockwork, your period would come every 28 days. As you got older, you probably saw that this definitely wasn’t the truth. Many people use 28 days as the average, but a normal cycle could vary between 21 and 35 days!
Your flow stops in a pool.
For those who think you can jump into a pool without a tampon or some type of feminine hygiene product, you might be in for a rude awakening. The water pressure in a pool might make you believe that your period has stopped. It hasn’t. The pressure could be stopping blood from exiting, but it’s definitely still a possibility!
When it comes to your period, there are tons of myths that don't make sense! Some cultures believe that if you cook while on your period, the food will taste terrible. Others say that if you touch flowers, they’ll die quicker. Roses are red, violets are blue. These myths have been busted because they’re not true!