10 myths of period which is still alive in Indian society
As we are standing in the 21st century and with the help of the internet at our fingertip we are able to discover the whole world in a fraction of seconds. With that, we also explore a lot of information about personal care, health care, and love relationship. When we talk about health and personal care women getting the highest percentage of the population in the whole world simultaneously their health issues is twice than that of men.
The period is one of the important health issues among women in the whole entire world. That’s the reason why I thought it would be a good idea to clear some of the conceptions which are considered still a taboo in Indian society.
Though sometimes crazy that all the myth surrounding periods should be cleared.
Myth 1: You can’t swim or take a bath
Truth: If talking about swimming and taking a bath this is one of the most common and important misconceptions among all the girls. But this is completely false girls should keep themselves more clean hygiene during this time. From big maxi sanitary napkin to tampons there are a variety of menstrual products that enable to swim comfortably and bath freely. During periods girls get period cramps which tends to be very painful for their body, infect bathing eases out the period cramp and be a bit of savior during their month of the period.
However, the myth was started way back long, during 16th century people were facing lots of water scarcity so people started saving water and making a myth for women – not to take a bath or swim. Therefore, during the 16th century there was no or lack of menstrual products available in the market this also made women difficult to go for swing and bathing. However, fortunately in these days, menstrual products are highly available with advanced from tampons to menstrual belt it is completely safe to say if you want to heat the swimming pool or Jacuzzi or dig out for the bubble bath when you are on your periods go ahead!
Myth 2: You should not have cold drinks or anything cold during your period.
Truth: Although there are many edible things available in the market, but people suggest not to consume cold drinks which make your period cramps worse. You can surely consume an orange juice or a refreshing glass of water which is pretty safe at this time, But there are numbers of cold drinks and soda which one should clearly avoid during the time of period.
Myth 3: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period
Truth: Despite the most popular myth of the millennium, it’s simply so not true. Some people believe that you can’t get pregnant on your period because your uterus is shedding its inner lining. That is completely true but whether you have a long or short cycle of the period, the egg you release during ovulation can live for between 12 and 24 hours. Sperm can live for about 3 to 4 days. In a nutshell, the closer you are to the end of your period, the more likely you are to get pregnant – especially if you have a shorter cycle since there is less time between menstruation and ovulation. Even if you have a longer cycle, you’re still at risk of getting pregnant. If you’re not on birth control and not ready to start planning play dates, make sure your partner wears a condom.
Myth 4: In periods you should not do exercise or practice any kind of sports
Truth: Exercising is not only good for those who are in periods but also for those at the same time who are fit enough. But yes when your doctor advises against it, there’s no reason not to regularly exercise or refrain from physical activity during your monthly flow. In fact, if you are not going through periods cramps exercising may alleviate your menstrual bloating, cramping, and that overall feeling of yuck. Aerobic activities like jogging, cycling, dancing and swimming may stimulate body chemicals that block discomfort and increase feelings of well-being.
Myth 5: Period Sex is unacceptable
Truth: While this one is purely personal perspective and preference, I just want to let you know that if anyone believes that period sex is going to be unhealthy, hygienic or not pleasurable. The origin of this myth is probably from religions corner that strictly prohibits sex during menstruation, but there is absolutely no health risk involved trust me. Remember though, always ask your partner to carry condom while doing sex because there is a slight chance of getting pregnant as I have discussed in Myth 3. So, always use protection, girls. Better safe than feeling sorry!
Myth 6: Virgin girls should not use tampons
Truth: Girls out there who still believe in this myth for them, using a tampon does not take away your virginity. Only sex can do that. Yes, you heard that correct. Using a tampon may tear or break your hymen, according to Columbia University. However, many virgins don’t have intact hymens because nowadays girls are more active in doing sports like swimming, cycling, juggling, long jump, high jump and some women are born without hymens naturally. Hymens may also tear during activities, such as dancing or horseback riding. So don’t base your virginity on your hymen. Losing your virginity only happens through sexual intercourse. That’s the truth.
Myth 7: Period blood has a bad smell.
Truth: If anyone is there like me that I can smell my period blood, I was such a stupid when I was a teen whenever going forward to talk to someone about I felt awkward but today after seeing science blooming like a flower in society I have stopped believing in this. In fact, you are not alone in this many girls face this problem while traveling or in public places. You also might find it hard to believe that the menstrual myth of period blood smelling bad is, in fact, a myth. Here’s the lowdown.
While I know the fact that each one of us are blessed with a unique scent, menstrual blood itself has no odor. Yaa you heard that correct it has exactly no smell or odor. It’s made of blood and tissue that sheds from your uterus, and when mixed with the naturally occurring bacteria in your body, may smell a little less than fresh. Not to worry, though. It’s highly unlikely that anyone else can smell it. But have you ever been able to smell someone else’s period smell? Doubtful right??
It’s all in your mind.
Myth 8: Women can’t enter the holy temple
Truth: This myth exists in parts of the world ranging from Bali and India to Nepal. Women are believed to be “Unclean” and “Unhygienic” while menstruating and are thus not allowed to enter “clean” and holy places like temples. This is a form of gender inequality that limits women from the same human rights like freedom to do the religious practice.
Girls and women menstruating are not unclean. They are normal, natural, and healthy. It’s like everyday habits what you do in daily life. The myth that women cannot enter temples and the holy ground is a culturally controversial, and sensitive issue. Actually, the fact behind this is during early days women were not having that advanced sanitary napkin or tampons to use so people started making this thing as a myth that they can’t enter holy places or temples. It’s completely natural, in fact, women should feel free to go to temples and holy places.
Myth 9: Periods can contaminate food
Truth: In every part of rural India, there is a myth that women cannot water plants or cook during their period because their “uncleanliness” and “unhygienic” will spoil the food. In a study done in a random school in rural India, 55 percent of girls surveyed believed they could not cook or enter the kitchen during and 4 days after menstruation or food would contaminate. But the fact is there is no way of food getting contaminated because of periods, as nowadays there are ample of options for ladies for keeping themselves hygiene and healthy.
Myth 10: Period do sync
Truth: Many girls think that spending time with another girl who is going through periods can lead there period happen at the same time. Menstrual cycles do not actually sync up between women who spend a lot of time together. It all depends on how a women’s body is having the exact proportion of nutrients and proteins in them. Despite there is no scientific proof is there that periods get synced.
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