As it turns out, women know very little about menstrual cycles. You probably heard about some ridiculous rumors about menstrual cycles – you can go to the gym or swim if you have you period – and although they sound laughable many still believe them. Apart from these, there are actually a lot of other things that haven’t been fully explained about menstruation. And we will take this opportunity to set the record straight. In this regard, let us found out the truth about some common menstrual cycle myths.
Myth#1: It is unhealthy to skip a period.
Truth of the matter is, it is normal to skip a period. As a matter of fact, even healthy women may sometimes skip a period, or maybe two. Gynecologists say that even if you don’t get have your period for up to three months there is nothing to worry about. However, if you feel pain or experience other symptoms that may indicate it is more than just a missed period, then seeing your OB-GYN would be a smart move.
Myth#2: Hormonal fluctuations during your period can cause food cravings.
Do you always have a big appetite when you have your period? Although there have been many anectodal evidences showing that women have cravings when their menstrual period is about to start, hormonal fluctuations cannot be blamed for this. Even after their periods, women can still have food cravings.
Myth#3: Pregnancy can’t occur when you are on your period.
Experts say that women can get pregnant even during their period, but it is a very rare occurrence. It is said that an egg can be released while a woman is menstruating. That said, there is a possibility for pregnancy to occur anytime until the process of ovulation ended.
Myth#4: Sex is prohibited when you have your period.
There is no actual reason why women should refrain from having sexual intercourse during their period. However, experts recommend men to use condoms to avoid the transmission of STDs. Also, the use of colored towels and bed sheets are advised to prevent blood staining.