I still can't believe I'm going to write a post about this but here we go...
There are a few ladies who have been doing inspirational work regarding Generation Know. This organization is working with busting some of the myths related to female sexual health and helping younger girls to understand their bodies better. It is an amazing initiative as often times girls are just not educated properly or don't have someone to discuss these things with.
Few years later when I actually got my period, I didn't tell my mom at first. When it got heavier I told her and she bought me a pack of pads... She kind of showed me how to use it and left me be. There were so many questions that went unanswered...
I remember getting a very low mark in grade 8 gym because I failed health class. There were all these ideas like contraception and STD's being thrown at me. I was so lost and confused... In my world boys had cooties and my teacher was an unapproachable judgmental bitch. Not taking those words back.
As I got older, things made much more sense as I dove deeper into the biology field. The biggest turning point in my maturity was probably anatomy class in second year university because there was no other way around it. At the morgue I've seen everything, from every angle- you name it. It really made me gain a great appreciation of how the body is constructed. Also, I was lucky enough to have a group of very close friends who I could talk to about absolutely anything. That made a whole world of a difference.
Remember not everyone knows all the facts and they could impede someone's quality of life. I was reading over some of the myths/ facts listed on the website and some are ridiculous while some are things that must be known. I actually used to believe some of these... Here's the list of a few I think are important to know
- A tampon get stuck inside of you.- False! Trust me the female anatomy is tiny and there's very little room to get lost in.
- You can get pregnant on your period. -True! Sperm can stay within the women's body for a few days and females can ovulate more then 1 egg per cycle. Even though you're menstruating it doesn't mean that the egg has been disposed of.
- You will lose your virginity if you use a tampon.- False! You might stretch the hymen though.
- You can't use a tampon if you're a virgin.- False! I've been told this one my whole life but it wasn't true.
- You can't go swimming on your period.- False! Another myth that I've been raised to believe in.
- You can't have sex when you're on your period.- False! As long as the guy is cool with it...
- You can get STD's from toiler seats.- False! STD's are bacteria and viruses which can't survive outside of the body for a long time and you would need direct contact with them.
- Exercising is bad during your period.- False! Exercise helps control cramps.
There were some crazy myths I came across as well.
- You will attract bears in the woods or sharks in the ocean
- Your dough will not rise when you're baking bread
- You will make the spaghetti sauce sour
- Your biggest crush knows when you're on your period
- Menstrual blood is different from regular blood
- Pineapple juice prevent pregnancy
It's crazy what kind of myths are out there. Can you imagine girls who are missing out on camping trips or trips to the beach just because they're on your period. Yet, even better if girls don't come near the kitchen during that time of the month.
What can you do to raise awareness? Check out the UKotex website and you can even order this free awareness necklace. Talking about sexual health shouldn't be taboo, it's what makes us human.
Were there any myths that you used to believe in? Did you feel you were educated about everything? How would you go about educating your daughters?