Menstruation is a natural and important body function in woman body. Considering that a woman spends 10 years of her life on her period, we can say that knowing the right information is crucial. Different cultures had a lot of superstitions and false information throughout the years. We can see that some of these beliefs are downright wrong and misleading.
Now, let’s take a look at some of these beliefs and which ones are wrong.
1. You are not allowed to take a bath
It is understandable that women refrain from having a bath during their periods. Commonly it is believed that a hot bath can cause or spread infections and even increase bleeding. What we need to know that there is no wound that causes the bleeding. It’s the endometrium which separates from the endometrial wall.
A hot bath relaxes the blood vessels and abdominal muscles. Relaxation in turn reduces the menstrual cramps. But before taking a bath, please make sure that your bath tub is clean. If ypu are worried about getting an infection you can use tampons.
2. You are not allowed to swim in a pool or ocean
Another superstition about periods is that you shouldn’t swim in a pool or open water. If you use a tampon or a menstrual cup, water will never get in your body. On the contrary, swimming is beneficial for the body. It allows releasing tension from the muscles and reducing pain.
A well maintained pool won’t cause an infection. However, we advise you to swim in an under-maintained pool or a crowded sea.
3. Periods gets worse when it is cold
This is definitely true information that every woman should bear in mind. Because cold weather can prolong the period and even cause pain.
During the winter, period duration is longer than summer months. Woman living in colder climates are known to have longer and heavier periods that woman living in warmer areas.
Seasons can also affect Pre Menstrual Tension. Short and darker days can adversely affect your mood when combined with female productive hormones. It can be beneficial to spend warm days of fall and winter in regards to general health and a healthy period. Your body accumulates vitamin D and raises your dopamine levels under sun.