Period 101

By admin
29 October 2014

For way too long girls have felt they had to get information on their period from whispers in bathrooms. Well, not any longer!

A recent campaign run by Lil-lets We Are Women, called What I Wish I Knew, has revealed some startling myths around periods. So it’s time to debunk them and do some straight talking!

According to Darlene Smith, marketing executive of Premier Home and Personal Care, the most common myths from an anonymous survey include:

MYTH: You can’t fall pregnant when you have your period.

Fact: Although it’s unlikely you’ll fall pregnant, it’s not impossible. But a condom should always be used to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

MYTH: Women menstruating can catch a cold easily and should avoid cold water or ice drinks.

Fact: There’s absolutely no reason why women who are menstruating should avoid cold or ice drinks, and they won’t easily catch a cold. So keep drinking those milkshakes, girls.

MYTH: Tampons can break your virginity.

Fact: The word “virgin” means you’ve never had sex with a man. Only sex can break your virginity.

MYTH: You can’t exercise or do strenuous activities while menstruating.

Fact: You can exercise as long as period cramps don’t inhibit you. Remember, if you’re going to swim, which is quite acceptable, you need to wear a tampon not a pad.

MYTH: You can only use a tampon when you’re much older or have had babies.

Fact: You can start using tampons at any age as long as you’re comfortable. Start with smaller tampons which are easier to insert and more comfortable, so you can get used to wearing them or use an applicator tampon for easier insertion.

MYTH: Period pains are cause for concern.

Fact: Period pains are quite normal. However, if your daily activities are disturbed it’s best to discuss this with your doctor or clinic sister.

MYTH: PMS is made up by men and is all in your head.

Fact: Headaches, bloatedness, weight gain, anxiety and depression, craving chocolate, being snappy, even joint pain are all part of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), according to medical experts.

MYTH: Heavy bleeding only happens to women who’ve given birth.

Fact: Heavy bleeding can happen to anyone at any time. Your period flow can even vary from heavy to light or light to heavy in one period or from period to period. This isn’t unusual and is quite normal.

MYTH: During your period you get snakes in your stomach and this causes the pain.

Fact: There’s absolutely no truth in this statement. Period pain is normal and is caused by your uterus contracting to help expel its lining when the egg hasn’t been fertilised.

Join the We Are Women conversation on Facebook, Mxit and Twitter or go to wearewomen.co.za for advice and additional access to information.

Source: Lil-lets

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