Even today, women are still deceived by some popular beliefs that are not supported by some scientific basis. Here are some of the…
The menstrual cycle represents a “small torment” with which we are used to living. Still today, however, we women believe in some false myths. Whether they were handed down to us by our mother or our friends or found on the Internet, these fake popular beliefs have spread so widely that, although they are not supported by any scientific basis, we ended up giving them true. Here are the most common.
1. Shower yes, shower no
Many of us believe that “in those days” bathing or showering is harmful to the body because the menstrual cycle would be interrupted. Absolutely not, indeed. First of all, hygiene, when we are “unwell” is even more important, so washing is necessary. In secundis, cold water simply narrows the blood vessels of the uterus and allows less blood to flow. On the contrary, if the bath is very hot, the flow increases. These are therefore simple physiological reactions to changes in temperature. All it takes is for the body to return to its original temperature and everything will return to its original state.
2. Doing sport
How many times have we heard that when you have your cycle you don’t have to do sport? You don’t have to generalize. Each case is unique. Not all women react in the same way. Some people feel particularly tired, while others are doubling their energy. There is only one piece of advice: on days when menstruation causes us to have particularly painful cramps, it is better to rest. On the other hand, on the other hand, training can even help us feel less pain.
3. Mood swings
One of the most famous clichés is that menstruation worsens our mood. A clarification is needed. If it is true that hormones during the cycle affect us, it does not necessarily mean that they do so in a negative way. It depends as much on how we feel at that moment, whether we are experiencing a happy or unhappy moment. And external factors also have their weight.
4. No sex in those days
Our partners hate “those days” because many of us don’t get touched, frightened by the idea that having sex hurts the body. On the contrary, hormonal changes encourage excitement and the relationship can be even more satisfying than usual. If you don’t let yourself be influenced and have sex even during your cycle, sometimes you mistakenly think it’s impossible to get pregnant. But remember instead that every day of the cycle is potentially fertile because every month ovulation can occur at a different time.
5. The cycle is synchronised
The belief that a woman’s cycle is synchronized with that of others close to her is not real either. If you happen to have your period on the same day as your sister or your desk colleagues, there is no scientific support to indicate a correlation between the two.
6. Do not shave
During the cycle, many women avoid shaving. Medical studies have shown that this is the best time to delay hair growth. Hormone activity, in fact, is very slow when we are unwell and the hair bulbs are almost “still”. The waxing, therefore, if done in those days could last even longer and the hairs, once grown, could be weaker and finer.
7. It’s always the same
Those who believe that the cycle always comes every 28 days are wrong. Several aspects can delay or anticipate it. For example, if we are too stressed in a certain period, it is easy for the flow to be irregular. Also, keep in mind that as pre-menopause approaches, the cycle tends to shorten and the flow becomes scarcer.
8. There are always pains
Not necessarily. There are women who suffer more than others. The painful cycle is called dysmenorrhea and causes pain in the lower abdomen (sometimes even very strong), back pain, headache. Dysmenorrhea is usually linked to young age and may disappear after the first pregnancy.
I mean, don’t be fooled by the false myths. Find out about the menstrual cycle. In this way you will know how to behave and you will be able to live without limitations.