The monthly cycle is a crucial part of the entire cycle of life. We bleed because we can create. We possess the beautiful power of giving life. But let's admit it, this nature's blessing is also considered a curse by our society. As women, we all still face our struggle during 'that time of the month,' internal and societal. The menstrual cycle has always been a hush-hush topic in our society, and it's time to bust the most common period myths and facts and find out what's true.
During the menstrual cycle, a woman in our society is considered 'impure.' She is banned from cooking and visiting sacred places and, in most areas, even touching anything or anyone. Some cultures also make women sleep in separate beds or rooms.
This dates back to the Vedic period, which is linked to the slaying of Vritra by Indra and the period is the guilt that appears every month because women took upon themselves a part of Indra's guilt. But let's face it, periods don't have anything related to Indra or someone's murder, but missed pregnancies that our uterus prepares itself for every month through ovulation.
Sanitary products like menstrual cups, pads, and tampons are just like any other hygiene product and are essential for women's health. These products are like band-aids that you use to stop your menstrual blood from staining. Now would you be ashamed to buy a band-aid? Well, the same goes for sanitary products too.
This perception is mostly based on the fact that the body is discarding this blood because it is dirty and unwanted. Although menstrual blood is different from the ones in your veins, they are not contaminated. This blood is more like a composition of tissue, mucus lining, bacteria, and some blood.
Exercises are considered to be bad during periods. It is believed that any physical labor will promote dysmenorrhea, which is painful period cramps.
While in reality, it is quite the opposite. It is medically reviewed that exercises can help in relieving cramps and bloating. It can also help release serotonin which will keep your mood swings in check.
Periods are just as natural as blood flowing through your veins. So, please do your inner goddess a favor, and continue living your life even during that time of the month.