Myths Related to Menstruation in India

In our society and several cultures, there exists a taboo regarding periods and menstrual health. It becomes an uncomfortable topic for discussion.

Below we discuss three myths that persist regarding menstruation and our response to them.

Myth 1 : Menstrual blood is impure

A lot of people believe that the blood that comes out during menstruation is dirty or impure. The fact is that the blood being shedded out is the same blood in circulation in the rest of the body. 

The only difference is that there is ejection of art blood, part tissue from the uterus’ inside. Additionally, the hue of the blood might be anything from pale crimson to dark brown. 

The interaction of blood with oxygen causes the hue to depart from the normal red (it gets time to oxidize). The start or end of your menstruation is typically accompanied by a dark brown or blackish tint.

Myth 2 : You should hide your sanitary products.

This myth takes into the assumption that sanitary products are inherently impure or dirty or it is something to be ashamed of

Menstruation is a normal human biological process. It is a process of shedding of the lining of the uterus in case there is no pregnancy. 

In this way, sanitary napkins/pads/tampons etc are products for hygiene and safety of the menstruating individual. Just like we buy soap or tissue to keep ourselves clean, buying sanitary products or using them should not be accompanied by any sort of shame.

Myth 3 : You cannot exercise while you are on your period.

Several people believe that exercising during periods is not possible or should be avoided because it can be painful or harmful for the body.

The truth is that exercise is excellent for both the body and the mind, and it can even assist to lessen the discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. Regular physical exercise, like walking, has no dangers. 

You could get relief from your period cramps by doing some yoga asanas. To find out which workouts you may perform without risk when on period, see a health specialist.