Menstruation Myths: DEBUNKED!

First of all, it’s important to understand that a woman’s menstrual cycle is not the same as her period. The actual time that a woman bleeds is known as menstruation, and her menstrual cycle is the time from one period starting to the next. While there have been some truly bonkers ideas about menstruation that have been put to rest (menstruating women can control the weather!?), there is no shortage of myths that have stubbornly persisted about periods, despite the plethora of knowledge contradicting such claims.

Myth #1: Your cycle must be 28 days
Feeling like your body is ~different~ than everyone else’s? That can often turn into a feeling of something being wrong with your body. A typical menstruation cycle is about 28 days, but cycles can actually vary from 21 to 35 days in adults and 21 to 45 days in young teens. There are a number of reasons why your cycle could be irregular- so you should still be keeping your doctor updated regardless of what may be considered normal. One of the best ways to understand your flow is by tracking your cycle with a calendar or an app, and contacting your OBGYN when any unexpected changes occur. Consulting with your healthcare provider can armor you with a ton of insight on your body to ensure YOU have complete control of your menstral cycle.

Myth #2: Women who live together “sync up”
"Wait! I've totally experienced this though!" Some women swear that spending time with a female friend, co-worker or roommate can cause their cycle to adapt to each other. As much as we want to believe in this coincidence...that simply is all it seems to be, a coincidence! Recent studies have deemed cycle syncing “very unlikely.” This has a lot more to do with basic math than science. If a woman’s period can last 2 to 7 days and as aforementioned, a cycle can last from 21 to 35 days… those are some pretty wide variations in range, and people are bound to bump into each other from time to time.

Myth #3: You can’t get pregnant during your period
Don’t forget, sperm can stay alive inside you for up to 5 days! The chances of becoming pregnant during or just after your period depends on when you have sexual intercourse, the length of your menstrual cycle, and the exact day you ovulate during that menstrual cycle. This, and the fact that sperm can remain viable for up to 5 days, makes it easy to see why experts recommend that people who do not wish to conceive always use some type of contraception.

Myth #4 You have to deal with heavy periods
If you suffer from an abnormally heavy period, your flow will be so heavy that you change your tampon or pad every hour or so, and you’ll experience cramps so severe that they’ll stop you from enjoying your usual activities. Some women experience heavy periods recurrently, from their very first menstrual flow. Others may start to develop heavy periods after having normal periods for years. Heavy periods are sometimes caused by subtle health problems that can lead to greater health issues if left unaddressed. There are many methods available to help manage heavy periods and you do NOT have to suffer through them! Contact your healthcare provider or call Bella Women’s Care to schedule an appointment today to discuss the best option for YOU when it comes to managing your menstrual cycle.

 

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