Periods have always been a shy topic for a lot of girls, probably because since childhood, it’s been a hush hush subject.
In my JHS, whenever we were studying a topic about menstruation, they would call the girls aside and ask the guys to excuse us.
Now that I think about it, it doesn’t make any sense. It isn’t a shameful thing to hide. It’s a normal thing that happens. Guys need to know as much about it as we do because it helps them understand women better and helps them get to understand other complications that occur when it comes to periods.
In recent times, ladies have taken to social media especially twitter to talk about the period struggles and some of the comments that guys pass underneath the tweets show that they genuinely have no idea about the things ladies go through 3-7 days every single month.
Here are 5 period myths that need to be addressed ASAP.
1. You cannot get pregnant when you have unprotected sex on your period
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.
While most menstrual cycles last about 28 days, some cycles can be as short as 21 days, which also impacts when ovulation takes place. Moreover, sperm can live inside the genital tract for up to 5 days or, according to some sources, even 7 days.
Thus, having unprotected vaginal sex during your period could mean that the sperm gets to linger for just long enough to coincide with ovulation and fertilize an egg, resulting in pregnancy. (Source: medicalnewstoday.com)