You can function normally even when you are having your period
Growing up is tough enough. Realizing you will have this “red thing” every month is tougher. Menstrual myths are so big in the Philippines and since they come from old and naturally authoritative figures like Grandma, mom, the yaya, and your best friend, you will almost believe them. My grandmother actually insisted that a cousin of theirs died when she went for a swim in the river. A best friend in high school insisted that if you swim with your period in the beach, sharks will attack you since they can smell your blood. Here are some of those Philippine menstrual myths:
You can’t take a bath during your period.
Don’t ever exercise or your womb will sink (whatever they mean). Stay in bed or perish.
Doctors will have a good laugh at this because body organs just don’t sink or fall. Though it can be a hassle, your period is not a major sickness that leaves you debilitated every month. Just because you have it doesn’t mean you’re sick. You should be able to function like a normal person. But when severe cramps and dysmennorhea do come along, give yourself some down time.