In India, many women are banned from places of worship while on their period. In the US, they say don’t go camping as you’ll attract bears. In Afghanistan, some believe showering during your period will cause infertility, and in Australia they say stay out of the water as sharks will smell it on you.
These are all untrue. Over the centuries there have been many myths surrounding a natural bodily function that happens to half the world’s population – periods.
Your period is not only perfectly natural but it is actually pretty darn powerful. Here’s how to drive away some of the top myths surrounding your period.
MYTH: There is a ‘perfect’ period
No two periods are the same. Periods happen every 21-45 days, last anywhere from 2-7 days, can be heavy or light, and can take up to 6 years to become regular.
There’s loads of different options out there for managing your period. Like which products to use – pads, tampons, menstrual cups or period panties. Don’t listen to myths about which products are more pure or proper than others. Own your period journey, do what makes you feel comfortable and confident.
MYTH: Periods are bad news
Not true. Instead, try being period positive. Instead of seeing your period as a bit of a drag, try to switch your perspective.
Your period is a sign of good health and fertility. So next time your flow comes to town, make sure you welcome this health-confirming, life-creating experience – even if it is a bit messy!
MYTH: Periods should be hidden
There’s isn’t anything to hide! Instead, break the cycle of secrecy. Whether you’ve had your period for years, or have not yet started it. Start having conversations about what you’re experiencing or what to expect with loved ones and friends as long as you feel comfortable to do so. By opening up conversations, you’ll inspire other girls around you to also ditch the fear and silence around periods too.
There is nothing to be ashamed of – so never let periods cramp your style!