10 Information about menstruation that are no more than prejudices

Throughout life, a woman experiences about 450 menstrual cycles , losing about 60 ml of blood in each of them. In addition, being "in those days" doesn't come cheap: on average, they spend about $ 23,000 on lifelong feminine intimate toiletries. People do not always stop to think about this kind of statistic, nor do they have obvious data about their own bodies and their health. Especially when it comes to menstruation.

Fullfunn is going to bust some common period myths. We hope this article will help you get rid of stereotypes and make your periods more comfortable.

Myth # 1: You can not take a bath

"In those days," some women deny themselves the pleasure of a good bath. Some people think that hot water increases bleeding, while others fear contracting an infection. But the truth is that in menstruation there is no bleeding from any wound. What happens is simply that the endometrium separates from the uterus. Water can only reach the beginning of the vaginal canal (as on the other days of the cycle), and does not penetrate beyond the cervix.
A warm bath during menstruation may even do well . Hot water improves the functioning of the vascular system, relaxes muscles and relieves menstrual cramps. So it is quite possible that you will feel much better after doing this kind of water treatment. Obviously, the bathtub needs to be clean. If you still do not feel safe, use a tampon or menstrual collector.

Myth № 2: Can't Swim in a Pool, Sea or Freshwater

Many women think the habit is unhygienic, but this is not true. Firstly, an internal absorbent or menstrual collector will not allow leaks or water ingress (here, traditional absorbents, external, do not work). Secondly, swimming, as well as other physical exercises, relieves pain.
Getting a vaginal infection in the pool is also unlikely. According to some statistics, the most widespreadproblems through the pool are gastrointestinal, conjunctivitis and skin diseases. To avoid irritation to delicate skin, take a shower immediately after swimming and exchange underwear for a clean, dry one.

Myth # 3: The cycles of women living together synchronize

The first writer on the phenomenon was Martha McClintock, in an article published in 1971 in the journal Nature . From your observation, friends, relatives, or roommates end up menstruating at about the same time. In her opinion, this is due to the exchange of specific pheromones produced by the female body.
More recent studies, however, have refuted the relationship between menstrual cycles and the frequency of communication between two or more women, questioning McClintock's hypotheses. It did not take into account several factors that accompany the phenomenon, so other experiences under the same conditions led to different results. To date, synchronization of menstrual cycles is not confirmed by the scientific community. Therefore it is considered a myth.

Myth # 4: It is better to postpone hair dye

Otherwise, the hair covering will become stained and the hair will look sloppy. In Internet forums, this is associated with supposed fluctuations in hormone levels. Experts were interested in the matter and came to the following conclusion: even though during menstruation hair becomes a little more rebellious than normal, it does not affect the production of greasiness.
According to studies, stubborn hair is the result of inadequate care or genetic predisposition. Hairdressers are unanimous in stating that it is safe to dye your hair on any day.

Myth # 5: Alcohol Can Change the Cycle

There is no unanimous opinion on the issue: the secret is in quantity. Women who drink more and more often are more prone to irregular cycles, anovulation, and amenorrhea. Excessive alcohol consumption negatively affects not only the reproductive system, but the body in general.
But if you want to have a glass of wine on a special occasion or a few drinks at a party during “those days”, don't worry. Studies have shown that moderate drinking does not disrupt the phases of the cycle, nor does it have a negative effect on women's health.

Myth # 6: It's better to put off waxing, beautician visits and tattoos too

Some tattoo artists warn that it is better to postpone a post-menstruation session, saying that in the period, the tattoo "may go wrong." There are beauticians who also do not recommend some procedures (eg, botox injections). But in reality, the quality of the tattoo, as well as the effect of the treatments, will depend on the professional. It does not make sense to postpone a visit to the beauty salon "in those days", but remember : any discomfort can be even more painful .

Myth № 7: You have to deal with colic

Yes, almost all women suffer from cramps, but the discomfort manifests itself in different intensities. The  problem affects 45% to 93% of women of reproductive age - especially the younger ones, as shown by a joint work involving researchers from the Italian universities of Siena and Florence and the Federal University of Minas Gerai (UFMG). According to the same study, between 3% and 33% of women suffer from severe pain, high fever, vomiting, dizziness and other symptoms can make the routine difficult for 1 to 3 days.
If cramps prevent you from carrying out your day-to-day activities, you should consult a gynecologist to check the need for treatment. Treatment usually lasts for three menstrual cycles and the effect lasts for two to four months. After that, the pain comes back, only less pronounced.

Myth № 8: During menstruation, it is impossible to get pregnant

This is one of the most common myths about menstruation. In fact, in this period, fertility is at its lowest level: the highest is between 12 and 16 days before the start of the next cycle. But we can not forget that in some women, the cycle does not last 28 days, but 21, or it may still be irregular.
In addition, sperm maintain their ability to fertilize in a woman's body for five to seven days , which increases the so-called fertile window. Unprotected sex in this case may coincide with the ovulation period and lead to pregnancy.

Мito № 9: the cycle depends on the phases of the Moon

The myth originates in antiquity. Recent research, however, finds no link between the phases of the moon and the onset of menstruation. It was to this conclusion that a team of analysts who studied 7.5 million female cycles arrived The explanation is quite simple.
The lunar cycle lasts 29.5 days while the menstrual period, on average, can range from 21 to 35 days. Not to mention that the duration of the cycle can change a lot throughout a woman's life. Lunar phases and the menstrual cycle may coincide roughly if the duration of the cycle is 29-30 days by a simple coincidence.

Myth № 10: It's dangerous to change the menstrual cycle with birth control pills

Most women have wanted, at least once in their lives, to postpone the arrival of menstruation in a week or two. However, several only decide to follow this path in extreme cases, fearing that this could harm the body. But science proves that a “break” in menstruation does not have dangerous consequences. So say experts from the American National Women's Health Network . In certain cases, this may even be beneficial, for example when a woman has severe cramps. Obviously, the method should not be used constantly.
Do you know other myths about menstruation? Leave your comment! We will try to confirm if there is real background behind them.
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