In this Spotlight feature, we debunk some of the most widespread menstruation misconceptions. Virtually all of them do, have, or will go through menstruation period , the part of the menstrual cycle in which the uterus sheds mucosal tissue alongside blood through the vagina. Periods can last between 3 and 7 days and usually occur every 28 days, though menstrual cycle lengths can vary. For instance, although this practice is now mostly illegal, some communities — as a series of recent tragedies in Nepal suggest — still have the so-called menstruation huts, in which women on their period spend the days in which they bleed in complete isolation. Though this is an extreme example, there are many smaller myths and misconceptions related to menstruation that remain in circulation across the globe. Read this Spotlight feature to find out what some of the most popular misconceptions are, and why they are untrue. Some of the most widespread myths regarding menstruation gravitate around sex while on your period, with the top contender likely being that you cannot get pregnant while menstruating. However, this idea is entirely false. While it is true that, in many individuals, menstruation is the period when they are least fertile, it really depends on the length of their monthly cycles.
Menstrual Shame Throughout History
Do you find you feel more hot and bothered at certain times of the month? Do you find your temperature fluctuates at different times of the month? But hot flushes and night sweats only happen to menopausal women , right? Not necessarily. Pre-menopausal women have the same sex hormones as women going through the menopause and believe it or not these hormones can fluctuate significantly during each and every menstrual cycle too. Your hormones fluctuate month to month in order to give you your period and a host of symptoms can arise as a result of this; including changes in your body temperature. Excessive sweating could also be a sign of another condition such as hyperthyroidism. On this page I explain some of the mechanisms behind changing body temperature in and around the time of your period and what can be done to help. This includes a range of dietary changes, practical changes you can make at home or through the use of herbal remedies. There are a number of ways in which your menstrual cycle can affect your body temperature.
When Shame is More than an Embarrassing Movie Scene
While working for a nonprofit in Kenya several years ago, Cora founder Molly Hayward met a local girl named Purity. As I came to understand, this was an unfortunate reality for all the girls in the village. As Hayward would come to learn, that reality extends far beyond one village in Kenya. Classified as a health issue, menstruation advocates find it difficult to have their voices heard when, especially at a global level, those health issues which are life threatening take precedent. When girls are forced to drop out of school because they do not have what they need to manage their periods, menstruation also becomes an economic issue. As well as social. And political.
Your child will go through lots of changes in puberty. One of the most significant milestones is her first period. Most of the blood and tissue comes out in the first couple of days, but some girls will continue to have bleeding for up to seven days.