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A healthy woman experiences this cycle every month until menopause. A lot of false information about the menstrual period is also circulating from ear to ear. Assistant Associate Doctor gives the truth of this false information.

What you need to know about the menstrual period makes it easier for women’s lives. Since the sea should not be entered during this period, many false information is circulating from ear to ear until painkillers should not be used.

Turkey Medicals member and Medical Park Bahcesehir JCI hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist Assistant. Assoc. Dr. shared important information. Here are the truths of those wrongs…

Myth – It is harmful to take a shower or take medication during this period. It stops menstruation

Fact: The shower has no effect on the amount and duration of menstruation. In particular, genital hygiene is indispensable for this period. Don’t do not neglect. Although some pain medications that you will use during this period reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding, they are not harmful.

Myth – Irregular menstruation is a sign of illness

Fact: Serious diseases can cause menstrual irregularities, as well as long trips, stress, excessive weight gain, medications, seasonal changes can also affect menstrual patterns.

Myth – A normal menstruation should last at least 5-6 days

Fact: The duration of menstruation varies from person to person. periods from 2 to 8 days are considered within normal limits.

Myth – There is no benefit in using a hot water bag for pains

Fact: As with any pain, applications that will increase blood circulation regionally during this period will provide relief.

Myth – During menstruation, hair is not dyed and tooth filling is not performed

Fact: There are no obstacles for you not to continue your activities in your normal daily life during this period. You should only avoid strenuous and stressful activities. But especially those with serious allergic diseases are more likely to experience allergy attacks under the influence of hormonal fluctuations during this period.

Myth – Sports are not practiced during menstruation

Fact: During this period, all kinds of sports can be held. Even physical exercises are recommended by many doctors, especially for those with premenstrual syndrome, because they have an effect on reducing male pain. Therefore, it is not inconvenient to play sports during the menstrual period.

Myth – It is not swam during menstruation

Fact: There is no scientific basis for the rhetoric that swimming is inconvenient during menstruation. Swimming neither reduces the amount of menstruation, nor causes abdominal pain. Using the appropriate tampon will avoid unpleasant images.

Myth – Using tampons during menstruation is unhealthy

Fact:The biggest fear in the use of tampons is the possibility that the tampon will interfere with menstruation. However, this fear is unwarranted, because tampons are like sponges and absorb liquid. When the tampon is full, the liquid flows out of the vagina, passing through the tampon. Correctly placed tampon does not prevent bleeding, as well as does not allow leakage.

Myth – Menstrual pain is psychological

Fact: If it were, premenstrual syndrome would not be so common. Menstrual pains that begin with the first menstruation and recur every menstrual period, without any disease at the origin, are called primary dysmenorrhea. These pains are not psychological; they are purely physiological. Chemicals that cause the uterus to contract cause pain. Painkillers that prevent their release are very effective for menstrual pain. In addition to these, birth control pills are also very useful drugs for the prevention of menstrual pain when used under doctor’s supervision. Some of menstrual pains may occur due to the underlying endometriosis (chocolate cyst), intrauterine devices (spiral), and similar conditions in women who do not have a history of menstrual pain. In this case, it is necessary to conduct a treatment aimed at the cause.

Myth – Menstrual pains pass after giving birth

Fact: Yes although this is not a rule, in some women, menstrual pain may decrease in the period immediately after pregnancy due to temporary hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. The greater the number of pregnancies,the longer the breastfeeding process, the greater the likelihood of a decrease in menstrual pains.

Myth – You can’t get pregnant during your period

Fact: In general, the time of ovulation is 14 days before the expected date of menstruation. However, in rare cases, earlier ovulation may occur. Therefore, even though menstruation is not completely over yet, sexual intercourse can result in pregnancy. Given that spermatozoa can remain viable in the female body for up to 72 hours, an early ovulation can create a pregnancy. That is why the failure rate of the calendar method is high. Be prepared for surprises.

Myth – Having intercourse during menstruation makes infertility. Menstrual blood is dirty blood

Fact: One of erroneous infos about menstruation is that it removes dirty blood from the body,cleansing the body of toxins. This information is not accurate. It should be known that sexual activity can set the stage for some infections. During this period, there are some sudden changes in the woman’s hormonal balance. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in the beneficial bacteria contained in the vagina and a deterioration in the acidic environment provided by them.

The fact that the blood creates a favorable reproductive environment for many living things and the natural defense system weakens during this period increases the risk of its spread if there is an infection in the partner. Because the canal in the cervix is slightly enlarged to provide blood flow, infections that can occur can spread to the uterus, tubes, and even the ovaries, which can rarely be the cause of infertility. Although religious and cultural views on this issue affect preferences, sexual intercourse using condoms medically does not cause any problems.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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