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Myths about menstruation

After the first period, females always have their period. False. Menstruation varies until a regular pattern starts. Some people are never regular. The average cycle is 28 days.

Not having a period some months is common amongst teenagers. True, each woman’s cycle is different.

Nutrition can affect the length of time between periods. True.

The blood that comes out of the vagina during a period is the lining of the uterus. True

Stress can affect the length between periods. True

Females always get cramps during their periods. False, Some females may experience cramps during their period and some may not

Females who are menstruating cannot exercise (including swimming) until it is over. False, it is possible to exercise when menstruating including swimming.

You can’t get pregnant if you have sex when you’re having your period. You can still get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during your period. If you have a short period cycle, you will start ovulating by the end of your period. Also, sperm can live for 5 – 6 days after sex.

Irregular menstruation — whether in the form of missing a period, spotting between periods or a period lasting more than seven days — can be caused by everything from extreme weight loss or stress to pregnancy to the use of certain drugs to serious illnesses like uterine cancer.Consult your doctor if you are concerned about an irregular period.