In ancient Rome, it was believed that menstruating women have the power to dry out gardens, blunt steel, and kill swarms of bees with just one look. Fast forward a few centuries: we’re refrained from entering temples and touching pickles during that time of the month. Not to mention, our sanitary pads still come covered in black poly bags.
It won’t be wrong to say that the sexism-induced cultural misbeliefs throughout history have given rise to a strong period taboo. Unfortunately, it still exists and is quite toxic for several people. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine & Primary Care, period stigma has a negative impact on our emotional state, lifestyle, and most importantly–overall health. That’s why we’re here to bust five ridiculously illogical notions about periods that may lead you into making severe menstrual health mistakes:
Firstly, there’s no scientific data to support this myth that originated in Afghanistan. Secondly, giving in to this belief can cause an infection on your genital skin from all the blood, sweat, and dirt buildup. Period or no period, shower daily and use Sirona’s Refreshing Intimate Wash to clean your nether regions. This mild cleanser is gentle on your genitals and removes dirt and germs without rendering them dry. Made with natural ingredients like Tasmanian pepper fruit, it’s super-safe to use and doesn’t disturb the natural acidic mantle down there.
Dealing with menstrual cramps is a monthly struggle for many of us. Now, bearable pain is a regular PMS side-effect caused by the contractions of the uterus in a bid to squeeze out the uterine lining. However, excruciating pain that disrupts your routine can be a sign of an underlying health condition like endometriosis or PCOD. Rather than accepting it as a part and parcel of your monthly curse, you should visit a doc and seek timely diagnosis and treatment. As for bearable pain, there’s Sirona’s Pain Relief Heat Patch to the rescue. Infused with 100% natural extracts, this ultra-thin patch provides instant relief from cramps–minus any side-effects. Stick it on your abdomen or any area in pain and poof! Forget about the pain for the next eight hours!
Menstruation is not a disease and it definitely doesn’t make you bed-ridden! While you can take some rest to combat the PMS-triggered fatigue, you’ve got to keep it moving. Studies have proven that exercising on your period has a host of benefits. It improves your mood, boosts energy levels, and helps relieve menstrual cramps. If you’re worried about leaking while working out, you can switch to Sirona’s Menstrual Cups. This funnel-shaped device has an ergonomic rim design that helps it create a strong suction grip with your vaginal muscles. Also, it can hold up to 28ml of period blood in one go. Both these factors ensure eight hours of leakproof protection. So you can count on it and have a kickass workout.
Period blood carries bits of the uterine lining, but it’s exactly like the blood that runs through your veins. However, it is considered impure just because it comes out of the vagina. As a result, menstruating women are made to sleep in separate rooms and kept from touching their partners because apparently, they can make them sick. There is no logic or scientific evidence that proves period blood is impure or acts as a contagion for diseases.
The rapid hormonal changes can make you feel quite frisky during your period. You can cash in on this feeling by enjoying a hot and wild pleasure sesh. BTW, it won’t cause deformed babies but it can definitely lead to an unwanted pregnancy. So, don’t forget to use a condom during period sex and clean up thoroughly afterwards to prevent infections. Pro tip: You can count on Sirona’s Sanitary Disposal Bags to discard condoms and period aids safely and discreetly. They’re made with biodegradable material, are tamper-proof, and prevent germ spread.
Menstruation taboos often shame us into staying tight-lipped about our period miseries and keep us from visiting a doc. But remember, discussions and a timely diagnosis can keep a minor issue from getting aggravated into a serious health condition. So stop believing in these ridiculous period myths and repeat after me–periods are natural, periods are normal, periods are healthy.
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