Strange myths and mystical beliefs about periods

Curious and historic misconceptions about menstruation

Stars Insider

14/04/22 | StarsInsider

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Even today, many menstruating people still feel uneasy speaking about their period openly. This age-old taboo about menstruation—something about half the world’s population experiences once a month—is not only mind-boggling, but has also made space for various myths and mystical beliefs to take shape, stretching from ancient to even modern times. If you consider that scientists only started credibly studying the menstrual cycle in the 1930s, it's no surprise that we still have much to learn.

From a gift of the gods to a punishment for sins, and all the charming magic in between, click through to see what myths and mystical beliefs there have been about menstruation.

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