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5 Common Periods Myths Debunked

Seriously, don't fall for them.

Navigating your period can be daunting. There’s no rulebook and with so much information out there, it can be hard to separate what’s fact and what’s simply ancient fiction. And as far as period myths go, we’ve heard just about every one of them.

Every rumour, misconception, and superstition you could possibly think of – from getting eaten by sharks (spoiler alert: it’s a total myth) to period syncing with your besties (more on that later).

So, to help you on your quest for truth and clarity, we’ve decided to clear up confusion and uncover some of the most common menstruation myths. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Myth #1 Your Periods Sync Up with Other Females

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Legend has it that when a group of women get together – whether that be in the same house, office or anywhere within close proximity of each other, really – magical things happen, and their cycles align. While we hate to break it to you, it turns out it’s more than likely one big coincidence.

While there have been some studies that suggest there could be merit to the ‘female synching theory,’ there’s no definitive proof, and the general consensus is that it’s just a coincidence.  You see, most women tend to have cycles between 26 and 31 days so, naturally, there’s bound to be some overlap.

 Myth #2 Every Menstrual Cycle Lasts 28 Days 

Some women get their periods like clockwork. Others don’t. Some might skip a month altogether and others might get their period every once every three months. While it’s true the typical cycle occurs every 28 days, our bodies are different and no two menstrual cycles are the same. In fact, a ‘normal’ period can last anywhere between 21 to 35 days.

In other words, it’s completely normal to have a menstrual cycle that’s as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. Factors such as stress, sickness and hormones can also interfere with the menstrual cycle, resulting in delayed periods – or sometimes no period at all. But most importantly, listen to your body. After all, no one knows it better than you do. So, if something feels a little off, it’s probably a good idea to see a doctor. 

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Myth #3 You Can’t Swim When You’re on Your Period 

Your period shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying a swim – or anything for that matter – so rest assured, it’s completely safe and hygienic to go swimming on your period. You won’t increase your risk of infection and you most definitely won’t get eaten by sharks. But period paranoia is a real thing and feeling anxious while you’re in the water isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a fun time. 

That’s where Modibodi’s Period & Leak Proof Swimwear range comes in handy. With pieces like the Recycled Swimwear Racerback One Piece, you can confidently swim laps, take a dip in the ocean, or even just laze about in the pool while on your period.

Myth #4 Period Blood Is Dirty Blood  

Periods are a lot of things. Sure, they may be inconvenient, annoying, and painful at times. But one thing they’re not is dirty. Menstruation is a natural, biological process that affects almost half of the world’s population. So, it should never be something we’re embarrassed to talk openly about? If anything, we should be celebrating our period – not hiding it. And when you think about it, it’s pretty amazing what our bodies are capable of, and it’s time we give them the credit and recognition they deserve. Period.

Myth #5 You Can’t Get Pregnant On Your Period

We’re sure you’ve all heard this myth before and it’s about time we clear up the confusion and set the record straight. The likelihood of conceiving on your period is very low, but it can still happen – especially if you have a shorter menstruation cycle or irregular periods. Say, for example, your cycle occurs every 21 to 24 days – this means that you won’t have as long between your period and when you ovulate, which could potentially lead to pregnancy. And on that note, it’s worth bearing in mind that your chances of falling pregnant increase towards the end of your period so it’s always best to practise safe sex with contraception.  

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