Seven Menstruation Myths Debunked

Don't let you period stop you from doing what you do regularly. (photo credits from http://www.123rf.com)
Don’t let you period stop you from doing what you do regularly. (photo credits from http://www.123rf.com)

Some women dread it while some welcome it with delight (Yay! I’m not pregnant!)  Our monthly period is something that we have learned to live with, with some of us still believing (and enduring) the myths that come with it. It’s time  to debunk all those and stopped being hindered by this monthly red flag. Here’s some of them

Women bruise easily before and during menstruation.

It is a myth that most women bruise easily during menstruation. Menstruation is a normal process that occurs usually every 4 weeks. The volume of blood a woman loses rarely exceeds 50 milliliters. The body has a normal mechanism to limit the bleeding at the duration of menstruation. In some women, however, some disorders may prolong the duration of the menstrual period and may increase the blood loss.  Large amounts of blood lost may make the body stop important clotting factors that help the body stop bleeding elsewhere, such as from cuts and wounds and also from bruises.

You may have gotten use to the volume of your menstruation over the years if you bruise and bleed a lot. Be wary, though, because you might already be developing serious anemia. Bleeding disorders can be the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding and should be evaluated by a gynecologist. Bruising may already be a late sign of such disorder and only then do you start to notice that something may be seriously wrong with your body.

Taking a bath and washing your hair during your menstruation will drive you crazy.

You should take a bath at least once a day and wash private parts frequently to prevent bacteria from growing in your bloody discharge which may also cause an unpleasant odor. A nice warm bath can do a lot to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual tension. Try to avoid cold water during your period since it could, theoretically, cause uterine contractions that could increase menstrual cramps.

Do not eat anything sour during your period.

During the menstrual cycle, the female body is going to saturate the blood supply in the vaginal area to help with the menstrual cycle, and as a result, necessary minerals will not be transported in the amount needed by the other body organs and members. You need all the nutrients you can get from food. Help yourself to natural sources of vitamin c which includes sour or citric fruits. Replenish the body with necessary nutrients, consume herb such as alfalfa, watercress, parsley leaf, moringa. wheat grass and spinach leaf. These herbs provide almost every mineral the body needs. Some women actually crave salty food because their bodies’s sodium level becomes low when menstruating.

Sea weeds are an excellent source of organic “iodine”(thyroid gland food), while rooibois, red raspberry leaf, dandelion roots, parley and spinach are great sources of iron. All green leafy vegetables are good sources of calcium. Greens are also rich in Vitamin K that will aid in the coagulation of the blood.

You should not engage in sports or other activities during menstruation.

Menstruation is a normal function. You are not sick nor disabled when you have your period. It should not hamper you from your daily work and physical activities. As a matter of fact, studies show that women who are active may have less painful periods and of shorter duration. Stay active. Exercise can help with symptoms, it will not make pain worse. Women are not weaker during their periods, unless they have anemia, which is caused by an abnormal loss of blood during menstruation.

You will not get pregnant if you have sex while menstruating.

Some women may ovulate early and it can happen even at the tail end of their menstruation. Hence, there is still a chance of getting pregnant. Women who have irregular period (not following the 28 day interval) should  be careful. Some women even have bleeding or some amount of spotting at the time of ovulation.

Menstruating women who have their tooth extracted will bleed a lot more.

There is no scientific evidence of prolonged bleeding after dental surgery in menstruating women, according to a study  in the Journal of the American  Dental Association but it is possible that one’s dental health can be affected by hormonal changes in the body. Talk to your dentist prior to dental surgery to ensure an effective and comfortable surgery and recovery.

Women are always moody, bitchy, and irrational during menstruation.

The effect of various changes in the body, including hormonal changes, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and use of contraceptives vary from person to person. Not all women experience mood swings or any PMS symptoms. You can’t explain all women’s moods by being “that time of the month”. Women are just as capable during menses as at any other time, they are not mentally fragile.

Whatever you believe in, the most important thing is to be healthy, with or without your period. If you notice anything irregular about your bleeding, it’s best, as always, to consult your gynecologist.

Web References:

http://pms.about.com/od/myths/a/menstrual_myths.htm

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_myths_and_facts_about_menstruation

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art16972.asp

http://www.livestrong.com/article/295939-menstrual-cycle-dental-surgery/

http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Should-Women-Not-Do-During-the-Process-of-Menstruation?&id=5759147