5 common myths about the rule


Since the first menstruation came into our life we have heard many stories about it. Some sound crazier than others, and although it is a natural process that all women go through during our fertile life, the myths surrounding the rule survive generation after generation.

That is why it is so important that we learn to differentiate what is true and what is science fiction about everything that is said, spoken and commented on the rule.

Myth 1: Having your period every month means that you are super fertile

A regular monthly period is a good indicator of fertility and that you are ovulating (key to getting pregnant). But fertility requires more than that, that is, a healthy egg, sperm, uterus and healthy fallopian tubes. Many women with a regular period face problems getting pregnant. Sometimes genetics, age, diseases, etc. can affect fertility.

Myth 2: You can’t bathe in the pool or on the beach

Our mothers and grandmothers may have heard this from their mothers. In the past, it was thought that swimming could lead to the disappearance of menstruation. During the bath in the pool or the beaches the rule may decrease or even disappear for a few minutes, but it is due to a contraction of the blood vessels due to the contrast of the cold water temperature.

Myth 3: The rule is synchronized with that of your friends

Some women swear that spending time with a friend or roommate makes their cycle synchronize. But according to Nadine Lyseight-Moodie, obstetrician and gynecologist at Dignity Health, this is a simple “coincidence, chance or empathy.”

Myth 4: If you have the rule do not do mayonnaise

How many times have you been told that during the period you cannot take certain foods, specifically acids or citrus fruits, because the rule disappears? And if in your house it is typical to make mayonnaise or aioli, it is more than prohibited to do it on those days of the month because it will be cut. Well, as you know, all these myths related to food and the rule are totally false. Acid products do not alter the acidity of the blood of menstruation.

Myth 5: A tampon can be lost forever in your vagina

The belief that the tampon can stay inside the body and get lost, is something that causes some girls some insecurity about the use of tampons. The reality is that this is also a myth, but to explain it it is important to know both the anatomy of Zone V and the characteristics of the buffer.

Zone V, which is where the tampon is placed, has a length of approximately 7 centimeters and is connected to the uterus through its neck, called the cervix. This entry is very small and the only way it expands is at the time of delivery, so the possibility that the tampon enters beyond your Zone V is void.