There are plenty of old wives' tales about your body that are completely bogus, but some of these folklores actually have some scientific research to back them up. There are a number of old wives' tales about your sexual and reproductive health that may actually be true, and deciphering between fact and fiction can help us make wise decisions about our health. As much as we want to trust all the advice our grandmothers got from their mothers, we also want to make sure we are keeping up to date on modern research and not actually causing our bodies more harm by listening to false claims.
"Despite not having traditional roots in the medical field, these 'old wives’ tales' grow popular over time," Michelle Muldrow, D.O., an OB/GYN with the Institute for Women’s Health, tells Bustle. "The more people the tip works for, the more likely they are to share it with someone else. Although some may seem really 'out there', there may be more truth behind these tips than you realize."
When it comes to information passed on from friends, family, and personal anecdotes, it's important to make sure you talk to a doctor and find out the legitimacy of these folklores before trying them out yourself. Some may seem farfetched, but turns out, some of them may actually hold up. Here are seven old wives' tales about periods, sexual health, and pregnancy that may actually be true, according to experts.