Common myths and taboos about menstruation

Common myths and taboos about menstruation


From the false belief that you can't work out during your period to the idea that if you don't get your period, your blood will accumulate… Really, you can't even imagine what is said about menstruation.

Join me to learn a little more about it.


1. You can't take a shower. 

For some women, showering or going to the pool during their menstrual period is wrong. There is a false belief that if you shower or go to the pool you run the risk that your blood will clot and stop flowing down.  This is obviously false.

It usually happens that when you immerse your body in cold water, your blood vessels constrict, which is why the amount of bleeding is momentarily reduced, but this does not imply that there is a problem. You can relax!

While menstruating, it is important to have very good hygiene habits. That is why showering is not contraindicated; on the contrary, it is highly recommended.


2. All menstrual cycles are equal.

It is very common for menstrual cycles to last between three and five days, every 28 to 30 days. But this is not always the case.

There are women, especially young women, with much longer cycles. In addition, as the years go by, it is normal to observe that menstrual cycles shorten to approximately 25-26 days.
3. It is normal to feel pain.

Menstruation does not have to be synonymous with pain. It's not something you just have to put up with. If you are completely healthy, it doesn't have to hurt.

You may feel slight discomfort. But if you suffer intense pain, which limits your daily activities, it is important that you consult your doctor to find out what is causing the sharp pain.


4. Menstrual blood smells bad.

This is totally false, your menstrual blood does not smell bad. What causes that smell is the reaction which occurs when it is in contact with some of the chemicals in tampons and disposable pads. To minimize these odors, you can choose to use environmentally friendly pads.

Knowing your own body will help you overcome taboos and myths. Do not get carried away by the comments or advice of your family or friends, and remember, deal with this subject as naturally as you live your menstrual process month by month.  It is important.

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