Period Myths: What You Need To Know About Menstruation
Even in the age of technology and awareness, we are latched onto several myths regarding our body and health. Here, we present five-period myths you might be believing to be true.
1. All Symptoms of PMS Are Normal
After ovulation and before menstruation, your body undergoes imbalance of estrogen to progesterone due to which you experience PMS. Now, there is a fine line between the normal symptoms of PMS and those that are not.
PMSing is completely normal even if you are feeling bloated, depressed, and angry all at the same time. This myth has lead so many women to suffer a range of symptoms that are not entirely related to PMS. Diet choices like sugar, caffeine, dairy, junk foods, fad diets etc. trigger PMS.
Make sure you are taking a healthy and balanced diet. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to go on a low-carb or low-fat diet unless your doctor recommends. Regular exercising also helps lower PMS.
2. Painful Cramps are Pretty Normal
Cramping during periods varies from women to women. But that doesn’t mean that cramping for some women has to be severely painful. Just because your mom had painfull cramps doesn’t mean you should too. There are three types of prostaglandins PG1, PG2, and PG3 in your body. While PG2 causes uterine contraction and period cramps, PG1 and PGE3 are responsible for counteracting the cramps and contractions.
Your the relieving power of your system is stronger than the elements that are causing the pain. So, you have to promote the production of those good prostaglandins by eating non-fiber foods, especially grains and leafy vegetable. Try to eat less of animal-based foods like dairy and steer clean of meats that have used hormones, as they can contain animal estrogen.
3. You Can have Periods while on a Pill
The pill is supposed to stop you from ovulating, and as a result, you do not get any periods. So, the bleeding you experience while on a pill is the withdrawal bleeding, not the menstrual flow. Some pills cause bleeding just for the sake of marketing. The false period is more like reassurance for women who freak out at not bleeding and discontinue using the pills.
4. You Don’t Need to Have a Period
This is one of the silliest myths about periods that only a minority of the people actually believe. Some people and so-called experts argue that regular periods are not necessary and that they are outdated!
Menstruation is an indication that you are ovulating. Regular menses ensure bone health, healthy breasts, and a good reproductive system. If you are skipping periods due to PCOS or other reasons, it is clearly a sign of certain health issues.
5. You Cannot Change Your Bad Period
You may have experienced your periods getting worse either because of heavy-flow, clots, pain, odor, or overall wellness.
But you usually do nothing about it considering that every odd thing to happen during periods is normal, right? Well, we have been made into believing that you can do nothing about a problematic period and it would all go by itself.
Heavy bleeding and severe cramps indicate a hormonal imbalance. Menstrual flow with too many clots shows that your body is unable to clear the contents of your uterus in every cycle, and the list goes on for every unusual period thing. Nutritional supplements, clean diet, hydration and proper sleep can improve your bad period.
It is important to track your menstrual cycle and ensure that your menses are normal. If you're experiencing the above, you can holistically heal by balancing your hormones by following a healthy routine (diet and exercise) and taking supplements that promote hormone balance.
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