Period myths, we’ve heard them all!
From getting attacked by sharks to passing out from blood loss, having a period means, unfortunately, we are still privy to many an old wives’ tale.
While in most countries, these myths are met with a shrugged shoulder and rolled eye, in some communities, menstruation-related taboos can be more debilitating than menstrual cycles themselves.
In 2019, it is sad to hear that women around the world are still being shunned by their community and forced to feel shameful about their period.
Debunking the widespread misinformation surrounding menstruation is key to challenging the stigma attached.
With so much information out there, it can be difficult to sieve out the facts amongst the fiction, that’s why we’ve done the hard work for you!
Whenever we hear things like this, we want to shout out the lyrics to “I’m every woman” by Chaka Khan!
Periods are not a disability and they are certainly not a weakness. In fact, there is very little that we cannot do on our period.
Exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on our menstrual cycle symptoms.
The dopamine and endorphins released during exercise can have a positive effect on your overall mood and can even help alleviate some of the cramping that accompanies your period.
With this said, some of us may feel less energetic than usual during certain stages of our cycle, so opt for gentler exercises such as
- Light cardio
- Gentle stretching.
While sometimes it can feel like we are starring in the movie Carrie, we often tend to overestimate how much blood we actually lose each month during our period.
Menstruation varies from person to person but on average we lose about 2-3 tablespoons per cycle, which is less than 45ml.
Even those who experience heavy periods will only release an average of 4 tablespoons of blood.
It is important to note that if you do feel faint, dizzy or notice an unusually heavy bleed, be sure to check in with your GP, to be safe.
Period sex can be a divisive matter. For some people, it’s a regular part of their sex lives, for others it’s a messy no, no.
Whatever your stance on the matter, it is important to be aware that while the likelihood is low, you can never be 100% sure that you will not get pregnant during your period.
Sperm can live inside your body for up to 72 hours ( 3 whole days!) which means that sex during this timeframe doesn’t guarantee your egg won’t be fertilised so, safe sex should always be practised.
Plenty of people who don’t identify as women get periods, and factors such as birth control, stress and illness can cause somebody who does identify as a woman, to not have a period.
Regardless of gender identity, if you have a uterus, you can have a period.
Because of this, it is important that we use gender-neutral language when talking about menstruation.
Put any number of women in a room, wait for one to announce she is on her period and usually without fail, another woman will excitedly exclaim “Me too!”
Pop culture, sitcoms and YA novels have a lot to answer for our long belief in period syncing.
While it is a cute idea, it’s unfortunately been proven not to be true.
A study conducted a few years ago, debunked the idea that our period’s timing can change depending on whom we are around.
What’s more likely to happen is that out of a group of women, there’s bound to be a few who have cycles at the same time and many others that have overlapping cycles.
Periods are a natural process of life, experienced by over ½ the global population and yet, widespread stigma and menstruation shaming remain a reality for many today.
In some cultures around the world, menstruation is viewed as “unclean”. Women are shunned, segregated and treated as impure.
Closer to home, we still see women shuffle to the office bathroom with a tampon or pad up their sleeve and according to a survey conducted by Plan International, 55% of girls in Ireland admitted to feeling embarrassed about their period.
So, what can be done?
Increased education, open conversation and ditching euphemisms for the word period are first steps in normalising menstruation.
Bloating, cravings, cramping, low mood, low energy, irregular cycles.
Any of this sounding familiar?
According to research, this is a reality for 90% of women every single month!
Our founders, Donna and Renée can empathise- as they were part of this statistic for years until they created their ultimate female supplement, Triumph.
Did you know that during our period, the body releases chemicals called prostaglandin which cause our uterus to contract, leading to painful cramps?
For those who want a more natural approach to dealing with these awful menstrual cramps, our ultimate female supplement, Triumph, contains a targeted and unique combination of herbal extracts that help to support and manage inflammatory processes within the body.
Some key cramp-reducing ingredients within Triumph include:
- Magnesium: supports the normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles and has been shown to calm uterus contractions which lead to menstrual cramps.
- French Maritime: traditionally used as a natural anti-inflammatory and to soothe menstrual pain.
- Ginger: well-known for its' calming and warming effect on the body and may help reduce cramps and nausea experienced by many during their period.
- Green Tea Extract: some studies have shown that eliminating caffeine may help to relieve menstrual pain. Hydration is key to easing menstrual cramps. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and will keep you hydrated.
- Black Pepper: along with ginger, black pepper has been shown to lower the levels of the cramp-inducing chemicals; prostaglandins.
Remember that if your period cramps seem severe or you cannot get relief, ensure to check-in with your GP.
The bottom line is that period taboos are not only ridiculous- they can also be a huge obstacle holding women back in many ways.
Access to correct knowledge and education about periods is key to debunking the myths that are rampant worldwide today.
Once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you!
We are curious- what are some of the most ridiculous period myths you’ve heard? We’d love you to share in the comments below!
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