You may be surprised, but there are still some common period myths that are circulating in modern society — many that were heard by our grandmas and momshies. We take a closer look at some of the most common fallacies about periods and shed light on the truth.
Taking a bath and/or washing your hair during your period will cause hair loss, infertility, blurry vision or even insanity.
Fact: it’s an old wives’ tale that malamigan (cold air that enters your body) will occur when you have a shower while menstruating. It’s actually very important that women practice good personal hygiene when having their period since the increase in moisture during this time could serve as a medium for bacteria, leading to pad rash and vaginal infections. Showering also keeps unpleasant odors away, ensuring you smell fresh and stay comfortable.
Tip: changing your sanitary pads regularly (about every six to eight hours, or more regularly if your menstrual flow is very heavy) will help avoid menstrual odour and infections. Luckily for us, we have sanitary napkins such as Modess Cottony Soft Regular, which is designed to fit your body for superior protection so you can move comfortably. For heavier flow, use Modess Cottony Soft All Night pads that give added protection from sudden gushes and back leaks.
When you get your first period, jump up and down three times or jump off the last three steps of a staircase to ensure your period lasts only three days.
Fact: while there is no such thing as a “typical” period, most women’s menstrual cycle occurs every 21 to 35 days, and lasts anywhere from a few days to a full week. So, jumping off the steps may just leave you with a sore ankle and not a period that lasts fewer days.
Tip: to find out what your normal menstrual cycle is and to keep track of it, try one of the nifty free menstrual cycle calendar mobile apps available such as Period Tracker. Don’t get caught by surprise; having a period survival kit handy will ensure you are always prepared for Red Day. Keep it stocked with your favourite sanitary napkins such as Modess Cottony Soft Maxi Regular for your light flow days and Modess All Night for heavy flow days.
Smearing your first menstrual blood on your face will prevent pimples.
Fact: pimples, especially during puberty, are mainly caused by hormones and your genetics, so spreading your first menstrual blood on your face is not going to help.
Tip: smearing any bodily fluid on your face is just plain gross and of course, unhygienic. Instead, maintain a glowing complexion — like the popular celebrity Liza Soberano — by embracing a healthy lifestyle and eating balanced meals consisting of wholegrain food like brown rice, lean protein such as chicken and fish, and fiber (fruits and vegetables).
Also exercise regularly — 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercises a week is the recommended amount for healthy adults. Don’t forget your muscles; strength training at least twice a week is a good aim. Do add to your comfort by using a good sanitary napkin when exercising. Try Modess All Night Ultra Thin sanitary pads so you can exercise without worrying about your pad being visible under your tight activewear or having any embarrassing tagos.