It’s time to stop believing the myths about menstruation and start getting the facts.

Menstruation is something that almost every woman experiences, but that hasn’t stopped a plethora of myths and misconceptions from popping up about it. Some of these myths can even be dangerous because they might prevent a woman from going to the doctor when she needs to or taking care of herself the right way. That’s why we’ve set out to debunk common menstruation myths in this blog series. Read part 1 to learn about the first three myths we’ve uncovered, and keep reading to learn more.

Myth #4. You shouldn’t have sex when you’re on your period.

The decision as to whether or not to have sex during your period is a personal one that you should make with your partner. And, while it may be a little messy and, for some, awkward, there’s nothing gross, unsanitary or unsafe about it. In fact, being on your period can increase your sex drive. The increase in libido is thanks to a slight increase in testosterone during your period.

Myth #5. Your period is just your body’s way of cleansing itself.

This myth sounds nice and tidy, but the reality is that menstruation has nothing to do with the body cleansing itself. When you have your period, your body is shedding the lining of your uterus that has built up over the month in preparation for an embryo. When an embryo isn’t implanted, the lining is shed and the process starts over the next month.

Myth #6. Your cycle will sync up with other women’s cycles around you.

Many women believe that spending lots of time with other women will eventually make their cycles sync up. But, no matter how much anecdotal evidence there may be to support this myth, it’s still just an old wives tale. Science tells us that neither the lunar cycle nor your hormones will cause your period to overlap with someone else’s. It’s purely based on the numbers. On average the onset of menstruation between any given two women is seven days apart, so there’s bound to be some overlapping.

Myth #7. Being on your period makes you more likely to be eaten by a shark.

There’s a myth that the smallest drop of water in the ocean will bring out the sharks, and that’s said to be true of any kind of blood, even period blood! Luckily, this is a myth all around. Sharks are sensitive to blood, but they aren’t any more attracted to human blood than any other kind. Plus, the ratio of shark attacks of males to female is nine to one, so according to the data anyway, females don’t have a greater risk of being attacked.

If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not your menstrual cycle is healthy, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment with us at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology. We can help you find the answers you need and, if need be, the treatments you need. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.