7 Myths About Her Period
Men don’t have periods, but the women in their lives do. So we asked a woman to correct some dopey male misconceptions. (One involves sharks!)
By Anna Davies
Many guys are okay with the idea of getting down and possibly dirty when a woman is having her period. But at the same time, the majority of men I’ve dated have been clueless about what’s actually going on down there. And not only is it annoying to be asked ridiculous questions about a totally normal biological event, it’s also a turnoff — think of it as the equivalent of a woman asking you if your erections are caused by penis elves. So I’m going to debunk the seven most common myths about her time of the month.
MYTH #1: WOMEN DON’T WANT TO HAVE SEX DURING THEIR PERIOD
Not only is there more lubrication (which equals more pleasure), but the combo of hormones and muscle movements that occur during an orgasm can actually relieve cramps. She may be declining sex because she’s worried you’ll be weirded out, so tell her you’ll lay down a towel and that a little blood is no big deal. (After all, you’re a huge fan of The Walking Dead.) If either of you are still squeamish, hop in the shower together.
MYTH #2: YOU CAN’T GET HER PREGNANT DURING HER PERIOD
Sperm can live in the body for up to five days, and ovulation doesn’t always occur in the middle of her cycle. So if you’re having unprotected sex and she’s not on birth control, she can end up pregnant at any pretty much time of the month.
MYTH #3: PMS IS BULLSHIT
Right before her period starts, changes in hormones can lead to a slew of symptoms ranging from acne to headaches to tension to depression. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 85 percent of women have at least one PMS symptom per cycle. So give her a break, or give her some space.