We've all heard a lot of period advice over the course of our menstruating lives. Get a wheat compress for those first aching few days; stock up on chocolate and herbal tea; use orgasms to relieve cramps — you name it. But some advice, even stuff our moms told us, is actually complete nonsense, even if it seemed highly logical at the time. We may think when we've got our first period at the age of 13 that "don't swim or you'll attract sharks" makes perfect sense, but science has revealed that there's not much to back up those claims. And that goes for quite a lot of period advice.
Part of the reason that menstruation myths remain an issue is that periods are still a taboo subject in many cultures. We don't share good advice because we don't have a broader cultural conversation about what works and what doesn't. This is probably the most open age in history when it comes to information about periods, and yet many girls are still growing up with outdated or incorrect ideas, no matter how well-meaning their sources were. It's time to bust period myths, but also to rethink our discomfort with this part of female experience. Periods are highly common — we should really be better at talking about them. Here are seven pieces of old-fashioned advice about periods that we need to forget about, full stop.