Period Woes

Having trouble with that time of the month? No need to worry — here's the real 411 on surfing the crimson wave.
by Chinggay Labrador   |  Oct 9, 2011
photo by Patrick Martires
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Menstrual myth: You can't take a bath during your period.
Myth buster:
This is definitely one of those old yaya’s tales that holds no truth. For one, it's just plain gross to not wash yourself during that time of the month (or ever). Second, soaking in a lukewarm bath or standing still under a hot shower can actually help your body relax and ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Make sure you stay away from cold water—it can cause contractions that could lead to cramps.

Menstrual myth: No exercising when Aunt Flo comes to town—stay in bed or perish!
Myth buster:
Though it can be a hassle, your period is not a major sickness that leaves you debilitated every month. Just because you have it, doesn't mean you're sick. You should be able to function like a normal person. But when severe cramps and dysmenorrheal do come along, give yourself some down time.

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Menstrual myth: You lose your virginity when you skip the pad and switch to tampons.
Myth buster:
Just because you break your hymen or insert a tampon, doesn't mean you're not a virgin anymore—that issue has more to do with having sexual intercourse than anything else.

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Menstrual myth: Stay out of the swimming pool (unless you want it to turn into the Red Sea… Gulp!).
Myth buster:
Ever since tampons were invented, swimming during your period has become possible without the embarrassment of leaking. Exercise does the body good even while menstruating, so if swimming is your sport, you shouldn't let the crimson wave stop you. Just make sure you stock up on tampons and know how to use them properly. Change them every three to six hours to avoid the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Menstrual myth: There's no way you'll get pregnant if you have sex while you're menstruating.
Myth buster:
Not true, Not only do you run the risk of getting pregnant, you're also exposed to other risks like sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

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Chinggay Labrador
Contributing Writer
Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, thehappylab.com.ph. She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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