Women’s health is one of those topics that is shrouded in mystery and misinformation. However, many of the myths about menstrual cycles are just not true. It's time to put these old wives' tales to bed and take a closer look at what happens during your period, so you don't have to worry!
MYTH 1: You Can’t Get Pregnant During Your Period
Unsurprisingly, so many people believe this. But little do they know that it's possible to get pregnant while you have your period. So even when you're menstruating, chances are that your body is still fertile and you could get pregnant.
MYTH 2: You Should Avoid Activities Such as Exercise and Sex When You Are on Your Period
Well, you certainly don't want to do anything too strenuous when you're on your period. You may be more prone to cramps or even bleeding excessively. But jumping into the shower and taking it easy isn't the only thing you should do for yourself while you're menstruating. Regular exercise can help relieve bloating and promote good circulation, which means your body gets rid of excess fluids more quickly. This helps reduce pain and discomfort as well as swelling.
MYTH 3: Your Period Should Last Exactly One Week Each Month
While the length of your period may vary each month, one week is never enough time to properly deal with it. Most periods last between 3-5 days, no matter how many days you've gone without having your period.
MYTH 4: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is all in your head.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms associated with menstruation, and it causes symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, anxiety, or feelings of sadness before or during your period. Over 90% of women in the US experience at least one symptom when they're on their period.
PMS is likely caused by hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, falling dramatically when your body realizes you're not pregnant. These symptoms go away as your hormone levels start rising again. Scarlet supports the pituitary gland which regulates the release and balance of estrogen and progesterone.
MYTH 5: There Is One Best Way to Deal with Period Blood
Everyone's different, and you should use products and solutions that work best for your body. Menstrual health products like tampons, menstrual cups, and pads all have benefits and drawbacks. So, it's best to find out which one is most suitable for your body with the help of a doctor or menstrual health professional.
Menstrual health is very important, and one that needs to be viewed in a positive light. Getting rid of misinformation is always a good start. So, the next time you hear someone talking about the myth that you can't get pregnant during your period, they're completely wrong.