When it comes to menstruation, there are many myths and misconceptions.

Almost every single woman goes through menstruation. You’d think for such a common thing, people would understand it much better than they actually do. But, you’d be surprised at how many myths there are out there about menstruation. The good news, though, is that your OB/GYN in Bradenton is here to give you the facts about the many myths about menstruation.

Myth #1. A heavy period is something you just have to cope with.

Some women barely bleed on their periods and others may find themselves getting through a box of tampons much quicker than they’d like. Not every woman has the same experience with menstruation. However, just because you have heavy periods, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s normal, or that you have to just live with it. An overly heavy period might be a sign that something else is going on, and you should visit your OB/GYN to have it check out. Furthermore, even if nothing else is going on, your doctor may help you find relief from heavy, painful periods with birth control, like an IUD.

Myth #2. Menstrual cycles are always 28 days long.

Almost every article you read about menstruation talks about a 28-day cycle. And, all of those applications that help you keep track of your period are all based on a 28-day cycle. However, if your cycle is longer or shorter than 28 days, it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or that your cycle is abnormal. The truth is that a 28-day menstrual cycle is just the average cycle. Some women have menstrual cycles as short as 21 days and others have cycles as long as 35 days. The length of your cycle can also change over time.

Myth #3. You shouldn’t exercise when you’re on your period.

Many women think that they shouldn’t try to push themselves too much when they are on their period. If you get bad cramps, it’s certainly okay to take a break and choose not to exercise while you’re on your period. However, it’s important to know that exercising is by no means off limits. In fact, it could actually help to ease your cramps a bit.

Another myth that piggybacks off of this one is the myth that women shouldn’t do rigorous workouts or inversions when they are menstruating. The truth is that inversions, nor a rigorous workout, will affect your period, and your period won’t affect your ability to workout either. You can feel free to do whatever exercise you feel comfortable doing, no matter what day of the month it is.


Would you like to learn the truth about more menstruation myths? If so, please make sure that you stay tuned for our next blog.

Until then, if you have questions or concerns about your menstrual cycle, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment with us at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology. We have convenient office locations in Venice and Sarasota, but we also serve the good people of Bradenton.