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On #MenstrualHygieneDay, Here Are Ridiculous Menstruation Myths From Around The World

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It took Padman, a movie about a man who made pads readily available to women in his village, even at the cost of being shunned by society, to make conversation about periods mainstream. And yet, there are many myths and taboos surrounding this topic. But if you thought this was a problem that plagues only our country, you would be wrong. Turns out, plenty of countries have weird myths and belief around women bleeding every month. There are so many of these, it could be a series. On Menstrual Hygiene Day, we bring you some of the myths around aunty flo.

Some of these are funny and honestly, we would want to put them to the test just to enjoy a good joke. But some of them are ridiculous and will make you roll your eyes to the back of your head.

In the UK, they recommend not going camping during your period. Apparently, bears can smell it from far away. We have a new found appreciation for the very powerful olfactory senses of bears.

If the cramps and mood swings haven’t annoyed you enough, in Israel, they will slap you when you get your first period. Oh don’t jump back in alarm, this is done so you have beautiful, red cheeks all your life. Thanks peeps, but we will stick to blush.

Poland. That’s the country we really want to put the myth to the test. Here they believe that having sex with your partner during your period can kill them. *plots the perfect murder*

When in Romania and on your period, besides dodging draculas, it’s important that you do not touch flowers because they die. Plenty of dead bouquets in this country, we imagine.

In Malaysia, ghosts work in mysterious ways. Here, you are required to wash your pads before you throw them. Otherwise ghosts find you and haunt you. Bizarre ghosts, if you ask me.

We aren’t entirely sure what triggered this but in Mexico, the myth is that dancing to very active rhythms could damage your uterus. What even?

Listen, of course, of course there are myths in India. Like if you wash your hair, your flow will be less and it will affect your fertility later in life. Doesn’t look like it, frankly. We have a huge population and many women with clean hair, we think we are safe.

In the Dominican Republic, the myth goes that you shouldn’t drink lemonade. We want to say something but we aren’t sure what this even means.

The Italians are at it again guys. Apparently, if a woman on her period touches the dough, it won’t rise. Can somebody explain all that fabulously fresh pizza dough?

Then of course, there’s Bolivia where you can’t cradle babies because you will make them sick. Oh well.


Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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