False myths about women’s health

Women’s health is full of false myths. Women’s health issues have been taboo for a long time and in many cultures, so many myths have appeared that are difficult to dispel later.

There are false myths about women’s health in terms of menopause, pregnancy and countless diseases.

About menstruation

Menstruation has long been one of the least talked about women’s health topics and, therefore, many myths about it have emerged.

  • During menstruation, showering and bathing should be avoided, as well as washing hair. It is not true that the rule is “cut” by bath or shower water, nor does it have anything to do with washing your hair. Hygiene must be taken care of during menstruation and, therefore, daily showering is important.
  • Tampons cut the rule. It is not true, the rule does not stop by the fact of inserting a tampon.
  • It is not possible to get pregnant during your period. It is rare because the most fertile days are mid-cycle, but it depends on whether the periods are regular every 28-30 days, or if the cycles are shorter. In addition, it depends on the days the bleeding lasts. In addition, it must be taken into account that sperm can remain alive in the woman’s body for several days. With which it cannot be used as a contraceptive method.
  • You should not exercise during your period. This is not true, except in the cases of women in which the rule causes significant anemia, there is no contraindication to exercise and it also improves female health.
  • With menstruation the ovum is expelled. It is not like this. The ovum is a microscopic cell, therefore we cannot see it with the naked eye. What is expelled with the rule is the endometrium, the innermost face of the womb that, since a pregnancy has not occurred, detaches and leaves the womb ready to start a new cycle and a possible pregnancy the following month.
  • Each month a different ovary ovulates alternately. It is not true. Ovulation occurs in one or the other ovary randomly, but it is true that statistically half of ovulations will occur in each ovary. But the two ovaries function as one tissue. It may be that for two or three months in a row you ovulate from the same ovary.
  • If menstruation appears, ovulation has occurred. It is not true. Regular periods usually indicate ovulatory cycles, but menstruations appear in women who do not ovulate, although they are usually more irregular periods.

About cancer

  • If I don’t have a family history of breast cancer there is no risk. Not so, only 5-10% of breast cancers are familial. Women with predisposing genes for breast cancer are at much higher risk, but of all women with breast cancer, only a few have these genes. It is important to lead a healthy lifestyle to lower your risk of cancer.
  • Contraceptives increase the risk of ovarian cancer. It’s false. There are many studies showing that women who take birth control lower their risk of ovarian cancer because the ovaries remain at rest for the duration of treatment.
  • When you are older you do not need to do revisions. It is not true, since the pathology of women changes with age, but cancers increase in frequency with age, so gynecological examinations are still necessary in the field of female health.

About pregnancy

  • The first time you have sex you can’t get pregnant. Pregnancy can always happen, like any other time, so it is very important not to forget contraceptive measures.
  • Keeping your legs up after sex will increase your chances of getting pregnant. It is not true, just a few minutes lying down is enough for the sperm to enter the uterus.
  • While  breastfeeding I cannot get pregnant. False, although less likely because ovulation is inhibited in some women, the first postpartum ovulation occurs before the first menstrual period and therefore before the woman is aware that her fertility has been restored.
  • I can’t have gestational diabetes if I don’t eat sweets. It is not true, gestational diabetes has its origin in several factors, including the genetics of each woman, her BMI (Body Mass Index)… If gestational diabetes is detected a woman during pregnancy is indicated to diet to avoid the glucose spikes that you would produce if you did not diet, but it does not eliminate diabetes.

What you should know…

  • There are false myths about menstruation, such as how you should not exercise, when there is no contraindication unless there is significant anemia.
  • About cancer, as if you do not have a family history there is no risk of breast cancer.
  • Or about pregnancy, as raising the legs after intercourse increases the probability of pregnancy.

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