Since long, not only in India but at various places across the globe, menstruation is a taboo topic and openly discussing is almost on the verge of prohibition. Menstruation medically is just a regular change that every female experience in their reproductive system after a certain age in order to make pregnancy possible in the future. Rather than a choice, it is a cycle which females have to experience to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Instead of considering it as something natural, it is often treated as a hush-hush matter. Get to know more about Menstruation myth around the world from this article.
Menstruation Myths Around The World
Apart from all this stigma associated with menstruation, there are several myths related to menstruation too which have taken all the world under its claws. You may know some would be totally new to you, but what will remain common among all of them is that you will surely be confused about whether to blame this patriarchal society for making you go through these or just laugh these myths off. Let’s have a look at 5 menstruation myths around the world.
- Vegetables and Pickles will Rot
This is one of the most common of the myth that most of us would have heard from the old age people. According to a common belief, if you are menstruating and during this time if you touch any vegetable before or during the pickling process, the vegetables would not pickle properly and would turn rotten. Isn’t this totally weird? This myth can be commonly heard even in progressive countries like India, UK, US, etc.
- Get Slapped and have a Natural Blush all your Life
No, don’t look at us with shocked expressions. This is not us it has been a common myth being believed since centuries in many countries especially Israel. The myth says that when you get your first period, you must get a tight slap on your face ( not a part of patriarchal abuse) so that you have beautiful red blushed cheeks throughout your life. We know it’s a bit hard to believe, but yeah that’s how it has been going since long.
- Wash your Pads before Throwing
No, this is not from a hygiene or cleanliness point of view. The myth goes that if you don’t wash your pads before throwing them out in the dustbins, ghosts will come and haunt you for your entire life. Wasn’t this one a spooky myth? Any haunted house lover here, you can get ghosts just by not following this spooky myth! Jokes apart, this myth has been seriously practiced since long times in Malaysia.
- Don’t take a Bath
Now, this is one really surprising myth which the modern – day generation will find seriously ridiculous. In Argentina and many other countries, it is believed that if you take a bath while you are menstruating then somehow your bleeding will stop and stopping bleeding will have adverse effects on your health in the present as well as in the future. So, in other words, the myth asks you to not take a bath during menstruation otherwise you will be yourself damaging your health. On the contrary, today medical science says having a bath everyday especially during menstruation is necessary to maintain your hygiene and cleanliness.
- Wash your Face with Menstrual Blood
To be genuinely honest, this one is truly gross to even read, god helps those who actually had to go through this. According to the myth, when a female receives her first period, she must wash her face with the first menstrual blood in order to have clear and glowing skin all her life. Not only is this gross but under certain circumstances can also pose a threat to your health. What all a woman had to do to have clear skin.
These were some serious menstruation myths across the world which are actually just myths and have not much logic behind their existence. However, today the society has progressed a lot and considers women, not as just some commodity but respects them too which has resulted in striking off many of these weird myths. If you know some other myth, tell us in the comments section below!