Period Myths Moms Can Bust
Period myths – We have heard a ton of them. When you look back at your teenage years, you may recall the several flawed beliefs that you held about periods. It is likely that your daughter may also have similar notions about menstruation, often sourced from her friends’ circle and the Internet. This is because menstruation is rarely discussed openly in South Africa. It is the silence around periods that has led to the subject being surrounded by myths and incorrect information.
Based on your own experience and little support from us, you can make your daughter’s period journey healthy and safe.
But you can change things for your daughter. Based on your own experience and little support from us, you can make your daughter’s period journey healthy and safe.
Here are the top myths about menstruation that you can break when having the ‘period talk’ with your daughter:
Myth 1: Get complete rest during menstrual periods
Easy-going physical exercise like walking can ease your daughter's PMS symptoms and cramps.
It is important for every woman to take it easy during her menstrual days. However, there is no reason to avoid exercise or to limit activity just because of periods.
Easy-going physical exercise like walking can ease your daughter's PMS symptoms and cramps. Exercising increases blood circulation and further facilitates oxygen supply to the muscles. And if there’s a worry of stains while exercising, you can always consider ALWAYS sanitary pads that provide complete
Myth 2: One can’t get pregnant when on periods
It is true that the chances of getting pregnant when on period are slim. But it’s not zero. The sperm can live in the body for up to five days and still cause fertilization of the new eggs. This makes pregnancy completely possible even if the sexual intercourse is performed during the menstrual cycle (usually towards the end of it). Think it puts up another case for protective sex? Absolutely.
Myth 3: Period must last for 7 days
Periods can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days in a month. Each girl is unique and so is the duration of her periods. The frequency of the period can be short or long and can also differ every month. It completely depends on her health and lifestyle choices and her body’s makeup.
One way to prepare for longer periods is to keep sanitary pads and liners handy even after the flow has stopped.
Myth 4: Get a doctor’s view after the first period
Unless there is something amiss during the first period, there is no reason to visit a doctor. When we say amiss, we mean severe pain or bleeding. However, annual examinations are recommended post the age of 18 years. Check out this article on preparing for your first period for more information.
Myth 5: Virgins must not wear tampons
One of the most widespread myths around periods is that virgin girls may hurt themselves if they use tampons for menstrual protection. This is completely unfounded. And moreover, it depends on each girl and her preference. If the tampon can be worn comfortably, there is no reason to worry.
If your daughter has never used a tampon but is willing to give it a try, check out ALWAYS Tampax tampons that are designed for the most comfortable fit. They will keep her feeling secure even on days of heavy flow.
Myth 6: PMS is a mind block
Certainly not! PMS is a result of fluctuating hormones during the menstrual period. It carries several symptoms like depression, fatigue, nausea, and body ache. The effects manifest differently in different girls. While it cannot be completely treated, leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the intensity. Regardless, PMS is a genuine condition experienced by menstruating women.
Fortunately, for all of us, the stigma around menstruation is fading slowly but steadily. However, the onus is on us to make a conscious effort to also break such myths and make menstruation more comforting for growing girls.
It will not happen overnight, but we must begin today. You can begin today. Apart from sharing your wisdom with your daughter, ensure that you also help her with quality menstrual hygiene products. ALWAYS sanitary pads, tampons, and panty liners are designed for ultimate comfort and will help her experience a happy period.