SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT MENSTRUATION
1. Myth: The average duration of a menstrual cycle is 28 days
Fact: The length of the menstrual cycles depends on many factors, e.g., the woman's age, her physical fitness and nutritional state as well as stress. It also varies from person to person. It can be anywhere between 21-35 days but is considered normal as long as it is within this number of days. This is a common myth and many people consider themselves to have abnormal menstrual cycles if their cycle length is more than 35 days or less than 21 days.
2. Myth: All women experience premenstrual syndrome
Fact: Although about 70% of the menstruating women claim to have at least one characteristic symptom, only a few actually complain about severe menstrual cramps and other symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, say gynecologists in Indore.
3. Myth: Sex is forbidden during menstruation
Fact: It is not advisable for couples to engage in sex during menstruation. But it is not forbidden and if both partners are comfortable with having sex then there is nothing wrong with having an intimate session. A woman should be careful that she does not get pregnant because the chances of pregnancy multiply the more a woman has her periods.
4. Myth: Menstruation can occur when one becomes pregnant
Fact: Although some women mention experiencing symptoms similar to menstruation during pregnancy, they do not in fact have a period but rather vaginal discharge.
5. Myth: Women can't get pregnant the first day of their periods
Fact: As sperm can survive for 3- 5 days inside the female reproductive system and ovulation occurs 12- 24 hours after the end of menstrual flow, it is possible to get pregnant anytime during this time frame. For more info about fertility, you can visit our IVF center in Indore.
6. Myth: Using tampons increases the risk of getting Toxic Shock syndrome
Fact: The risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is very rare, as long as people follow good hygiene practices. This includes washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling a tampon and changing it regularly.
7. Myth: Taking birth control pills can cause fertility problems
Fact: Most women who have had trouble getting pregnant report that they stopped taking birth control pills a while before trying to conceive. Babies born to women who are using the pill have no higher infant mortality rate than those born to mothers who don't use them. In fact, many studies show that oral contraceptives can even reduce the risk of fetal abnormalities.
About the Author:
Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee is the best lady gynecologist in Indore. She is also associated with hospitals like Motherhood India with specialization in Infertility, Laparoscopy, IVF, Hysteroscopy Surgery, and that’s just the beginning.
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