Menstruation/Periods/Months is a major stage of puberty in girls. It is a woman’s monthly bleeding. During periods our body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb). There are a lot of myths about periods.
These are the famous five myths about periods people need to stop spreading. Find out the truth about your period.
Do Not Touch Pickles
Many people believe that during menstruation the female body emits certain rays or smell, which turns preserved food to rot. Scientifically nothing such happens when you touch water or pickles. They do not get spoilt.
Don’t Enter Temples And Kitchen
In India not entering the “puja” and “kitchen” room is the major restriction among girls in India during menstruation. They are restricted from offering prayers and touching holy books. This myth exists in various parts of the world ranging from Bali and India to Nepal.
There is a myth that menstruating women are unhygienic and unclean, but this is a myth. It is a natural process so there should be no notion to exist whether ‘pure’ and ‘impure’.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Or Take a Full Bath
This is one of the menstrual myths that people believe to be true. But this is absolutely a myth because a warm bath can relax muscles, help reduce any menstrual pain and alleviate PMS symptoms.
A Girl Can’t Get Pregnant During Her Period
Chances of getting pregnant during your period is much less than at other times of the month but it is still possible to get pregnant from sex during your period. So, always practice safe sex.
Do Not Touch Holy Books
Menstruating girls and women are also restricted from touching holy books as there is a myth that menstruating women are unhygienic and unclean.
Can’t Water Plants during Periods
Some people believe that women should not water plants while menstruating. They can’t touch Basil plant which is considered to be holy in Hindu culture. They can’t let their shadows fall on the plant as their shadow can destroy the plant. But science shows no such results.
These myths and taboos need to be eradicated from our society. Never follow myths blindly and educate yourself as well as others about menstruation.