There are various misconceptions and myths about the menstrual cycle, and most of them come from the stories of our mothers and grandmothers or from different cultures and their attitude towards this topic.
So, for example, many women believe in menstrual synchronization, they think that exercising during the cycle is not healthy and similar stories like these… However, despite the opinion of experts, we often wonder if it is a myth or not because some assumptions are more difficult to investigate.
In this regard, it is of great importance to be informed and open about menstruation so that we are aware of all that it brings.
One of the popular beliefs is that women who live together or spend a lot of time together start their periods on the same day every month. This “phenomenon” is known as menstrual synchronization and the McClintock effect. It is based on the theory that when you come into physical contact with another woman who is menstruating, the pheromones affect each other so that the monthly cycles align. However, science does not support this as medical studies do not have solid evidence that this happens, so a study done in China concluded that each period of synchronization was in the realm of mathematical randomness.
That being said, menstrual synchronization can often occur due to the laws of probability more than anything else. If you have your period one week out of the month and you live with three other women, it is likely that at least two of you will have your period at the same time. This probability complicates the investigation of menstrual synchronization.
As with many women’s health issues, menstrual synchronization deserves more attention and research, despite how difficult it is to prove or disprove.
As humans, it’s natural to connect our physical experiences with our emotional ones, and a period that “syncs” with a family member or close friend adds another layer to our relationships.
When it comes to exercising during your period, the answer is easy – you can! The researchers were unable to find any differences during the menstrual cycle in a woman’s ability to exercise. The only significant finding related to the question of endurance, for example participating in a marathon. In endurance events, it was more difficult for women who had already ovulated but had not started to menstruate.
Researchers have found that some women have less painful menstrual cramps if they exercise regularly. That’s why even a simple walk can also help you feel better during your period.
Many myths about the menstrual cycle are passed down through generations in different cultures. Many of them date back to ancient times when menstruation was considered taboo or impure. In some cultures, it is not uncommon to hear such myths even today.
There are several myths about how bathing can affect your cycle. For example, there are beliefs that bathing or showering with hot water will cause heavy bleeding. Another popular myth is that being in water stops menstruation.
Heat increases blood circulation and in theory, this could allow it to flow more freely, but there is no evidence that you will experience a heavier period when you bathe in warm water.
A warm bath can actually help you relax tense muscles, relieving cramps and other menstrual symptoms like headaches and lower back pain. If you indulge in a warm bath before going to bed, it will help you sleep better.
You may have heard the story that you can’t get pregnant during your period, but that’s not entirely true. Although it is unlikely to get pregnant around or during your period, there is still a small chance of conception during that time of the cycle. To understand how this can happen, you need to know your menstrual cycle.
How likely you are to get pregnant during your period depends on several factors, such as: (not) using contraception, the length of your menstrual cycle, the length of your period, when you had intercourse. So, you can get pregnant after intercourse during your period if you have short menstrual cycles, as this means you ovulate a few days earlier and closer to the end of your period. In case you want and plan to get pregnant, it is best to consult a doctor.
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