For far too long, women have been subjugated and given erroneous and deceptive information about menstruation. Menstruation is a normal and natural bodily function that all women go through. Despite its prevalence, there are countless ridiculous myths about menstruation that persist to this day.
According to a World Bank Group report, at least 500 million women and girls worldwide are experiencing period poverty and lack access to sufficient menstrual hygiene management facilities. Due to a shortage of sanitary goods, there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the best method to manage menstruation hygiene.
Dr. Azizah binti Rusly, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Aurelius Hospital Nilai, has worked to debunk some myths about menstruation that you may have heard or experienced – in tandem with Aurelius Healthcare’s Menstrual Awareness Month.
Period Blood Will Attract The Devil
Period blood is similar to other blood from our body and is not dirty. It is made up of blood, uterus membrane, mucus lining, and bacteria. While it can sometimes appear to be clotted or darker, such occurrences are completely normal. Disposable pads should be appropriately wrapped and thrown after a single use. However, if you are using reusable pads or menstrual cups, soak them with cold water and wash using normal detergent, baking soda, or vinegar. It is also important to keep them dry! Doing so can avoid infections.
Sticking Washed Pads To My Face Will Clear My Skin
This is unhygienic, as menstrual waste or products should be disposed of properly. The methods for getting clear skin will vary depending on a person’s skin type. A healthy and balanced diet can help you be the best version of yourself. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink an adequate amount of water and exercise at least three times a week!
A Tampon Will Break My Hymen
Tampons may cause some stretch or tear of the hymen, but this could also happen when you engage in vigorous activities. Some women may experience discomfort when inserting a tampon the first few times. However, it will eventually get better!
Cold Foods Or Beverages Will Give Me Period Pains And Cramps
There are no studies to prove or disprove the effects of cold drinks or food on menstrual cramps. Menstruation is connected to the reproductive system, whereas eating or drinking is linked to the digestive system. These systems function separately and do not affect one another. However, some women are sensitive to cold food or drinks, which might increase or induce cramps. At the end of the day, you should know what your body is used to and act accordingly.
Showing Sanitary Products In Public Is Inappropriate
Sanitary products are everyday lifestyle items, just like tissue and toothpaste, which support and help women feel more comfortable during menstruation. Every woman should have the freedom to purchase sanitary products without feeling embarrassed about a monthly natural occurrence.
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