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Periods are a different experience for each woman. Over the years all the different experiences have led to a number of period-related myths surfacing. This article aims to dispel the top 10 common period myths -

Myth 1: You can't get pregnant during your period

It's not likely, but there's always a chance. Ovulation can be unpredictable and so can menstrual cycles. 

Myth 2: Bathing or washing your hair during a period will increase your flow

This is an old one and it’s not true. You can feel free to keep clean and fresh throughout your period.

Myth 3: No exercise, you should always rest during your period

If you feel like exercising, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. It's actually a great way of controlling PMS and cramps because it increases the supply of oxygen to the muscles. Learn how exercising is a way to treat PCOS naturally.

Myth 4: You must see a doctor when your period starts

Unless there is a problem like severe pain or bleeding, you probably don’t need to see a gynaecologist just because you've had your first period. Typically, women should begin those visits when they turn 18.

Myth 5: Your period should last for exactly one week

Everyone’s period is different. It's perfectly natural for a period to last anywhere between three to seven days. Your period may be irregular especially when it first begins. If after the first year of having your period, it's typically longer or shorter than a week, you can talk with your doctor about it.

Myth 6: Pickle will get contaminated if you touch it during your period

This is not true. Having your period does not make you dirty / unclean and you are at no risk to spoiling any food items by touching them.

Myth 7: Eating sour foods will worsen menstrual cramps

While there is no correlation to eating sour foods and menstrual cramps, it is important to maintain a healthy diet during your period and eat plenty of brown bread, rotis, beans, daal and yogurt.

Myth 8: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is all in the mind

PMS symptoms are related to the way your body’s hormones change through your monthly cycle.  Symptoms can be emotional (like irritability, depression or fatigue, and physical (cramps or headaches). 

Myth 9: Talking to your daughter about periods before she starts will only scare her

It's always a good idea to be open and honest with your daughter. Because girls typically begin menstruation any time between the ages of 9 and 16 (for most girls, between 11 and 13), it’s hard as a parent to know when to broach that topic. You should look for signs in your daughter’s development like budding breasts, an increase in perspiration, pimples and underarm hair. These clues can help you to know that she has entered puberty and you should continue (or open) the dialogue. If you don’t talk to her first, she may be scared when she starts bleeding.

Myth 10: Daughters always tell their mothers when they start their periods

She may but, then again, she may not. Girls may feel shy or too embarrassed to discuss their periods with their mothers. Mothers need to let their daughters know that they welcome discussions and questions about intimate subjects. It's important that a daughter feels she can trust her mom with such personal information.Feel alive with more tips on healthy living by clicking here.

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