Yoppie, the pioneers of personalised, organic period care delivered through your letterbox, have compiled some of the weirdest, most wonderful and well, strange, myths about female menstruation from around the world.  

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Image courtesy of Pixabay

Periods can be a pain, particularly if it’s your first one. So getting the right information and period care for you is an essential part of tackling your monthly menstruation. However, the following misconceptions and myths are probably the last thing you need to consider when getting your period and include everything from animal attacks, evil spirits, burying used period products and eating a whole hard-boiled egg.

The UK - Using tampons as a virgin will break the hymen and take your virginity.

The United States - The odour or smell of menstruation can attract bears, so women should be especially careful when camping in the woods.

India -  Do not enter a kitchen or cook food for anyone. It’s dangerous due to being unclean and it will make food go bad.

Israel - If you shower with hot water while on your period this will cause a heavy flow.

Brazil - Walking barefoot while on your period can cause cramps.

Argentina - Making whipped cream during your cycle should not be done as it will curdle. 

Mexico - Exercise while on your period can damage your uterus. 

Columbia - Consuming cold drinks will give you cramps.

Poland - Having sex while on your period can kill your partner.

Romania - Don't touch flowers as they will die quicker.

Italy - Everything you cook will be a disaster.

Japan - Do not make sushi as your period causes an imbalance in taste.

Malaysia - Used pads or tampons need to be washed before disposal otherwise ghosts will haunt you. 

The Dominican Republic - While on your period it is dangerous to drink lemonade.

Nepal - Avoid general contact with people. 

The Philippines - After your first period, you should wash your face with the menstrual blood in order to have clear healthy skin for life.

France - You must not make mayonnaise as it will curdle

Bolivia - It is important not to hug or cradle young babies as you could cause them to get ill.

Afghanistan - Do not eat meat, rice, vegetables or sour foods and no drinking cold water, sitting on the wet ground or washing. No real explanation as to why. It’s also believed that taking a bath while on your period can make you infertile.

Australia - Swimming on your period could result in a shark attack.

Bangladesh - Old menstrual cloths must be buried otherwise they could attract evil spirits.

Tanzania - If anyone else sees your menstrual cloth you could become cursed.

Uganda - Menstruating women or girls must not drink milk from cows as they could contaminate the entire herd.

Nigeria - If you burn your period products it can cause you health problems such as cancer and infertility. 

Ghana - When a girl gets her first period, she’s asked to eat a hard-boiled egg whole. If she doesn’t, or even if she only eats part of the egg, it’s considered bad luck for her future children. 

Founder of Yoppie, Daniella Peri, commented:

“There’s a trick to tackling your period successfully and it involves getting the right products and care to fit your unique time of the month.

This sounds simple but so many women are still opting for a one product fits all approach with the cheapest tampons or pads they can find. This can not only harm their bodies, but standard non-organic period care is also incredibly bad for the environment and contains a whole heap of unnecessary toxins and plastic.  

By getting the right products for you, it’s easy to boss your period month in, month out and you don’t have to eat a single boiled egg or fear that you might curdle mayonnaise in the process.”

About Yoppie:

  • Yoppie provides personalised menstrual healthcare solutions that enable people to take control of their menstrual health.
  • The company was born out of the realisation that there was a lack of education, resources and quality products for people to better manage and understand their bodily cycles - especially their menstrual cycle. So Yoppie decided it was time to create a new, modern model for how people access menstrual healthcare.
  • By offering personalised product recommendations, easy-to-understand, science backed health content, high quality organic, plastic free period care products and letterbox delivery - Yoppie and it’s subscription services are paving the way for a future where menstrual health management conveniently fits into the lifestyle of today’s modern woman.

Yoppie’s Mission:

Yoppie exists to enable women to take control of their menstrual cycle through personalised product solutions, access to scientifically-backed health education and community.

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