The common knowledge around the menstrual cycle is full of city legends and myths and we are going to explore the most famous ones in this article.
Myth 1: Every woman has a 28-day menstrual cycle
Only 10-15 % of women have exactly 28-day menstrual cycle. It is considered to have a normal menstrual cycle when it is between 25 and 36 days. Women who have irregular cycles are in total 20%.
Myth 2: A woman can get pregnant any day of the month
A woman can get pregnant only in her phase of ovulation. Normally the fertile window is around 5-6 days per month just because sperm can survive in the uterus for so long due to the favorable inner conditions during ovulation. The egg itself is viable between 24-48 hours.
Myth 3: A woman can get pregnant only one day per month
We have already explained that technically the egg lives up to 48 hours after the release from the ovary. However, if there was an ejaculation happening inside the vagina few days prior ovulation and the cervix mucus was favourable towards the sperm, it can keep it viable for these days and fertilization can occur few days after the act itself.
Myth 4: A woman ovulates only one egg per cycle
A woman can release more than one mature egg during her ovulation. However, the second release of mature egg will happen up to 24 hours after the first release.
Myth 5: Women ovulate every single month
It’s not uncommon for a woman in her prime conception years to experience an anovulatory cycle occasionally. In a normal cycle, the production of progesterone is stimulated by the release of an egg. It’s this hormone that helps a woman’s body maintain regular periods. But during an anovulatory cycle, an insufficient level of progesterone can lead to heavy bleeding. A woman may mistake this bleeding for a real period.
Myth 6: Sperm live only one day
The sperm can live up to 5-6 days in the female body when the cervical mucus has favourable conditions to keep it alive (normally few days before ovulation).
Myth 7: The Pill regulates a woman’s period
The Pill stops the conversation between the brain and the ovaries, which causes disruption of the natural menstrual cycle by artificially controlling it. What a woman is experiencing as period during her time when taking the Pill is a withdrawal bleed due to the stop of using artificial progesterone.
Myth 8: Having a period isn’t necessary
The presence of menstrual cycle is a sign that the woman is healthy and fertile. It is natural to have a menstrual cycle and if for some reasons it stops, it is a sign that there is a major hormonal imbalance in the whole female body.
Myth 9: Progesterone is low in the second half of a woman’s cycle
Progesterone naturally increases in the first phase of the second half of a woman’s cycle, which prepares the uterine lining for eventual pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not detected by the hormonal system, the progesterone drops, which causes the uterus lining to break down and thus menstruation occurs.
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Brighten J. (2019) Beyond the Pill