Episode 1 - 10 Period Myths


Show Notes


The Follow your Flow podcast has arrived! The first episode has just been released and is available for you to listen.

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Myths around menstruation run very deep in the veins of society…throughout different cultures where women were banished to a shed whilst menstruating and forbidden to handle food or be in the kitchen for fear of poisoning or cursing their family members of even a whole herd of cows. From generation to generation, and culture to culture we have been passed down beliefs that keep the stigma of menstruation alive, that keeps generations of girls and women feeling the shame and humiliation and even fear of a natural process that is a vital part of our overall health and wellbeing.

Our education around the topic of reproductive health has largely been limited to the function of having babies…where we are either wanting to achieve or avoid pregnancy. But there is so much more to menstruation than this. Hence why I have recently written a book on Ovulation – the missing piece that we do not emphasise enough. Check it out over on the FYF website.

So what better way to kick off this podcast where we dispel the myths and mis-truths surrounding this all important topic. Now in this podcast, I talk a lot about the contraceptive pill. I completely understand that HBC is necessary at times. My stance on this is for us as women, to be fully informed and understanding of what the pill and other HBC do to our bodies and the mechanism in the way that they work. And from there, to simply make informed choices.

10 PERIOD MYTHS


1. Your cycle is supposed to be 28 days

2. A pill bleed is a real period

3. You can’t get pregnant when you have your period

4. Period pain is NOT normal

5. You can't exercise whilst you have your period (I half debunk this one - listen to the episode for my take on it :)

6. Your hormones define you

7. Your period is dirty, unclean, shameful, impure, secret

8. PMS is all in your head

9. Your period is not really needed

10. Periods are just about getting pregnant


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