The menstrual cycle is a phenomenon in which is shedding of uterine lining occurs once in a month. The menstrual cycle is the result of the change in hormonal level. Estrogen, Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone and Progesterone are the hormones that are responsible for the menstrual cycle. Each hormone plays a vital role in proper functioning of the cycle.
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The process is unique to girls and is surrounded by taboos. Presence of such taboos in society affects girls and women’s emotional and mental state. Despite being a phenomenon unique to girls, this has always been surrounded by secrecy and myths in many societies. Taboos surrounding menstruation excludes women and girls from many aspects of social and cultural life. Some of these are helpful, but others have potentially harmful implications.
Here are 15 weirdest myths related to menstruation from around the world:
In Israel, you get slapped when for the first time you get periods so that you get beautiful and red cheeks for the rest of your life.
In Malaysia, you need to wash your pads before throwing otherwise ghost will come and haunt you.
In Rwanda, it’s thought that having sex with a woman on her period could bring fatal consequences for the man. Although, young girls are told that sex cures period pain.
If you shower with hot water than you would have a heavy flow.
You can’t water plants otherwise the plants will die.
You can’t cradle baby because that will cause them sick.
You can’t walk barefoot otherwise you will get cramps.
If you take bath during periods the bleeding will stop that can harm you.
In India, during periods you cannot cook food or even enter the kitchen otherwise you will spoil the food.
In Afganistan, the women cannot have a shower during periods because that will cause her infertility.
In Japan, women cannot prepare sushi due to the menstrual cycle, because according to them menstruation can cause the imbalance in taste. However, women like Niki Nakayama defy stereotypes and period taboos by mastering the art of sushi.
Menstruation is considered as a disease in Iran, according to a UNICEF study.
You cannot touch pickle during your periods otherwise it will soil.
Girls and women have to avoid using salt for cooking when on their periods, as it’s though to make other people ill. It is also believed that if a person walks behind a woman while she is menstruating, their teeth will break.
Tampons will break your hymen and can make you impure.