Three period myths you should unlearn, immediately.
The women’s cycle is 28 days, where you are fertile throughout your cycle and heavy cramps are normal during your period. That was my truth for the past 29 years. I didn’t learn anything about my menstruation at school and openly speaking about it with others, felt simply awkward.
There are a few period myths going around and I think it’s important to address what is true and what is not.
Period myth 1: Your period is one week long per month month
Each woman is unique and so is our period. We all experience the same four phases (menstruation, follicular phase, ovulation and luteal phase), but we experience them in our own way.
Your period can last between 2 and 7 days, and this can change from month to month depending how your hormones are reacting to stressors & influencers in your life.
Period myth 2: PMS is a made-up thing in your head
We have all probably heard it at least once in our lives. “are you PMS’ing?” or “must be that time of the month!” when you acted strong, perhaps even angry. Somehow people think that you always get irritable or upset during the menstrual cycle and that you behave the same way every month during this phase. But even more concerning; some people think it’s all in your head.
Pre-menstrual syndrome actually has different signs and symptoms, including mood swings, cravings, irritability and even depression. It has a huge impact on your body and your mind, and it is definitely not a made-up thing.
I hear you, I see you and I feel you!
PMS is a result of a hormonal imbalance. It can -for the most part- be healed and I strongly advise you to meet a hormone professional when you endure heavy PMS symptoms.
Period myth 3: Menstrual pain is normal, deal with it
Although cramps are common during the menstrual cycle, it shouldn’t be very painful and something you have to deal with every month. Please note that if you experience extreme pains that cause you not to go to work or school, you need to see a professional to get support. This could mean you might have a condition affecting the uterus, or another health issue.
Thankfully there are a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable during period pain:
- Take a nice warm bath
- Do some form of slow exercise like yoga or walking
- Get a low body massage to support your pelvic floor and lower back
- Use a heating pad
- Eat the right nutrition such as proteins and healthy fats
If you want to know more about the menstrual cycle or want to work on your hormonal health; Send me an e-mail to email@example.com, so we can explore how I can help you as a hormonal health coach.
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