Periods are still a bit of a taboo subject and we definitely don’t talk about them enough. The trouble with that is that there are a lot of period myths that many people believe to be true.
Today we’re BUSTING those myths and setting the record straight, spread the word!
6 period myths that we need to talk about!
1. Your period will come every 28 days
Panicked when your period is late because it’s been exactly four weeks and nothing has happened? The average woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days, but it’s different for everyone so don’t freak out!
It is actually common for women to experience cycles anywhere from 20 to 40 days. A cycle that lasts longer than 6 weeks however is considered unusual.
Nonetheless, speak to your doctor if you have concerns about your cycle.
2. You can’t go swimming
Of course you can! So long as you wear a tampon or menstrual cup that you change regularly, you can most definitely go for a dip!
And for anyone saying you can’t go to the beach on your period because you’ll be more likely to attract a shark, there have been ZERO studies that have proven that menstruating females are at increased risk of shark attacks. So there!
3. You should avoid sex
It may get a bit messy, but so long as you and your partner are comfortable, there is no issue whatsoever! In fact having an orgasm can help with menstrual cramps. Better than a Panadol, right?
4. You can’t get pregnant when you have your period
The chances of you getting pregnant on your period are pretty low, but NOT impossible! This is because sperm can live inside you for up to five days. So if you have sex towards the end of your cycle, you may actually make a baby 4 or 5 days later should you ovulate earlier.
5. PMS isn’t a legit thing
Husbands, boyfriends, partners, anyone else who has ever said “PMS is not a medical condition,” you are WRONG!
Premenstrual syndrome is the proper name for the cramps, bloating, mood swings and sore boobs that many women experience before their period starts. And the doctor will back us up!
6. You shouldn’t exercise when you’re on your period
There are few situations when exercise isn’t good for you, so this one of the biggest period myths ever! If you’re experiencing cramps during your period, exercise is actually the most effective cure, as it releases endorphins into the blood so some moderate exercise can actually help you out.
Try out one of our workouts on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for some pain relief!
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