Even now, period myths are one of the most common search terms that lead to my blog. So, here is a period FAQ based on the most common questions I get –
Does anything happen to plants if we touch/plant them on periods? What about flowers? Do they die? Are they harmed?
> No. Tried and tested. If this were true, you could start a weed killing service.
Does god get angry when touched/approached by menstruating women?
> That is a philosophical question. In my view, they don’t. I do not see any evidence to the contrary. But then, I do not exactly view god the way you do.
Do pickles get spoilt when menstruating women touches them?
> No. Again, tried and tested.
Can I eat pickles on periods?
> Go ahead, as long as your body feels okay with it. As pickles have a lot of salt, you may consider cutting down if you experience a lot of water retention before you get your periods.
How to dispose sanitary napkins?
> Do not flush down the toilet. Wrap it in a paper properly and throw it in the dustbin in your bathroom. Nothing to be ashamed of. Please do not throw it down buildings or walk a kilometer because it should not remain inside your home dustbin for a day or 2.
Does water get contaminated when touched by a women on periods?
> No. Again tried and tested.
Can we touch a menstruating woman?
> Yes. Why not? They do not give you electric shocks :)
Can we touch babies when on periods?
> Yes. The mother is bleeding when she gives birth and after birth right? She is touching her baby. Why can’t you?
Do I emanate negative energy when on periods?
Why menstruating women should not go near dead bodies?
> That was a new one! Why can’t they go unless the dead person is actually a vampire?
Why insects should not come in contact with period blood?
> Another new one! Why would insects come in contact? Are you bleeding on the floor?
Why can’t I go near animals during periods?
> Of course, you can! I am in a house with a dog all the time!
Do women need rest while on period?
> Again, that depends on how you feel. I need it but then that’s me. You don’t need it, that is okay too. In fact, I need rest all the time periods or not.
Most people outside of some countries do not follow these superstitions. Their pickles, plants, pets, people all seem to be doing fine. Entire nations would have lost plants/trees, if these myths were true. Since, that is not happening, we all can relax.
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