10 Ridiculous Period Myths Women Were Told Through History

Kim Kardashian

Till this day, it seems as if people want to have their chunk of an opinion when it comes to women’s bodies. Specifically, their uterus.

Men were in charge of the research behind women’s periods which all in all, sounds pretty contradicting and dumb since they didn’t even have periods or a uterus to really understand the science behind that specific part of a woman’s body. Here are the 10 stupid period myths that women were told BY MEN throughout history.


They Are an Abnormal Experience

Yes – they actually said periods were abnormal. They were being told that a women’s natural state is pregnancy, so the only reason they are getting periods is that you aren’t what you are supposed to be as a woman which is pregnant. So the only way to not get your period is to constantly stay pregnant. Yeah, no.


Having Sex on Period Can Cause Deformed Babies

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Period sex is really more of a preference that most people might not be into, but this is a huge stretch. The French believed that if a baby was conceived when a woman was on her period, the babies would come out as “puny, languid, and moribund.” Kinda harsh?


Periods Meant Women Were Fertile

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In the mid-1800’s, a bunch of scientists thought that periods were equivalent to when a female animal is “in heat” which made them conclude that a period meant a woman was fertile. However, we obviously now know women are less likely to get pregnant while she is on her period.


Women Were Incapable Of Anything While On Their Period

Sometimes its true now that when we get our period, we don’t WANT to do anything but… we still can and do. Dr. Horatio Storer said that female physicians shouldn’t be working while they are on their period. Which is quite ironic since Dr. Storer is said to be the father of gynecology yet, makes up this bullshit of a myth. His reasoning was that a female midwife could perform an illegal abortion and blame it on her period. But like… why would they?


Women Shouldn’t Be At Work Or School On Their Period

Getting days off of work and school does sound pretty ideal especially when during your period but this was seen as a bad thing in the 1800s. Edward Clarke, an author, stated women should receive mandatory week rest because women’s bodies couldn’t function properly while on their period. However, during this time, a lot of Americans were in a place of becoming worried when it came to letting women go to school and join the workforce.


Periods Burns Crops and Makes Wine Sour

Can’t make this stuff up. A Roman naturalist wrote that “contact with menstruation turns new wine sour, crops touched by it become barren, grafts die, seed in gardens are dried up, the fruit of trees fall off, the edge of steel and the gleam of ivory are dulled, hives of bees die, even bronze and iron are at once seized by rust, and a horrible smell fills the air; to taste it drives dogs mad and infects their bites with an incurable poison.” so he basically described women’s menstrual cycle as a deathly plague. Cool.


Working Too Hard on Period Causes Insanity

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In 1883, Dr. George Austin took Clarke’s belief to a whole other level and said that if a woman worked too hard on her period, she would go into a specific kind of insanity called “erotomania.”


Period Blood Cures Leprosy

This one is different being that a woman who was a nurse created this myth. She published poetry and medical writing. In one of her medical writings, she believed that period blood could cure leprosy. Of course, women are pretty amazing, but using their blood that comes from their monthly uterus flushing cycle to cure a skin disease is kinda gross and really wrong.


Women on Their Period Drove The Men Around Them Crazy

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It seems like men did everything in their power to keep women out of school and work. Dr. William Capp hopped along with Clarke and Austin down their crazy path to women’s menstrual cycles. However, of course, he wanted to make men victims to this and said that women can drive the people around them crazy – specifically men. Capp asserted that if men knew when women were on their periods once a month, it would cause a distraction for men to think about sex. Again, how is this a woman’s fault?


You Can’t Drink Wine On Your Period

This is just absurd at this point. In 1919 (not too long ago if you think about it) a scientist claimed that period blood contained “menotoxin” or some kind of poison that would turn wine into vinegar.


Which period myth was the most shocking to YOU?


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