Periods

IS IT SAFE TO WASH HAIR DURING PERIODS
Don’t Wash Your Hair or Take a Bath When You’re Menstruating. There is absolutely no reason not to wash your hair, take a bath, or shower during menstruation. In fact, a nice warm bath can do a lot to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual tension.

YOU CANT’T GO SWIMMING DURING YOUR PERIODS
It is perfectly safe to go swimming during your period. Likely, this myth started in the days before tampons or menstrual cups were popular. It is a hygiene concern to go swimming without feminine protection. Any body fluid—whether it’s menstrual blood, urine, or feces—can contaminate a swimming pool.

YOU SHOULDN’T EXERCISE
You can do anything during your period that you can do when you’re not menstruating. In fact, we know that regular exercise helps to decrease painful menstrual cramps. You can always take some anti-inflammatory pain medication if your period cramps are making it hard to exercise. Women have competed in the Olympic Games during their periods.

IT’S UNHEALTHY TO HAVE SEX DURING YOUR PERIODS
While some women may feel uncomfortable about having sexual intercourse during menstruation, it’s perfectly OK. Likely, this myth comes directly from religious teaching that prohibits sex during menstruation. There is no health risk associated with sex during your period. There is even evidence to suggest that it may help relieve menstrual cramps. So, if you choose to, go ahead and have sex during your period without worry.

YOU CAN’T GET PREGNANT FROM SEX DURING YOUR PERIODS
Although it is unlikely if you have regular periods, it is still possible to get pregnant from sex during your period. You need to ovulate in order to get pregnant, and that usually happens after your period finishes. But if you have an irregular cycle or bleed a little longer than average, your fertile window may overlap with your period. Unless you’re using the pill, an IUD, or another hormonal type of contraception, it is best to assume there are no safe days to have sex without the possibility of getting pregnant.

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