Having a period is a normal and healthy part of being a woman.
Some women like to take a little time out and rest over their periods, but there’s no reason
that your period should keep you from doing
the things you love.
Providing that you feel well, you can continue to do your daily activities
including playing sports, exercising, swimming, riding a bike, or just
plain having fun. By wearing a pad or a tampon, you can stop
worrying about getting your clothes stained.
Exercise does not affect the amount of flow or length of your
period. It actually helps in relieving menstrual cramps. But you
should be cautious of very intense physical activity, like training
to run a marathon, which can in turn cause amenorrhea or the absence
of menstrual periods.
Swimming during your period is also possible by the use of tampons
since the flow is absorbed internally. It is always good practice to
change your tampon before and after swimming to avoid possible risks
of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), an extremely rare but potentially
serious illness caused by tampons. It is not recommended to wear
pads during swimming as it will only become wet and will not absorb
TSS is a type of blood poisoning that will make you feel severely
ill very quickly. Its symptoms include high fever that appears
suddenly, sometimes accompanied by chills, confusion, seizures,
headaches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fainting of feeling faint,
a rash that appears like a sunburn, muscle aches, low blood pressure
(or hypotension), and organ failure (gastrointestinal, muscular,
blood system, liver, kidneys, mucous membrane, and nervous system).
If you see these symptoms, immediately consult with your health care
provider. TSS can be quite fatal.
Likewise, it is always important to maintain good hygiene during
your period to keep yourself feeling fresh and clean, and also to
avoid infections. Aside from changing pads or tampons regularly,
taking a hot bath or shower should be fine. It actually helps ease
cramps and give an overall feel of cleanliness and relaxation.
only tampons with the lowest possible absorbency suitable for period
flow, and alternate them with pads during your periods. Never insert
more than one tampon at a time and never use them if there are skin
infections near the genitals.
Always remember to wash your hands before and after inserting a
tampon or changing your pads.
Water won’t stop menstrual flow. Washing your hair regularly, and
during periods, will help you look and feel good.
Note that for many girls, very active sports can cause the loss
of the hymen and cause issues surrounding virginity.
Two thousand years ago at the time of Jesus, the meaning of 'virgin' was different than today. Back then
a virgin meant a free and independent woman.
It had nothing to do with chastity, girls back then could enjoy sex and still be virgins.
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