4. Myth: During their periods, girls are impure. Girls having their periods should not cook or visit sacred places.
Fact: Periods are just nature’s way of saying you are growing up. There is nothing impure about periods. Bleeding is a natural process that does not, in any way, affect the places a girl or woman visits or the things she touches.
Did you know? On average a woman menstruates for about 7 years during their lifetime.
5. Myth: Girls having their periods should sleep in a separate shed or a different room.
Fact: Menstruation is not contagious and causes no harm to anyone else in the same room.
6. Myth: Girls who get their periods should drop out of school.
Fact: While this is common for girls around the world, it shouldn’t be. UNICEF and partners are working to support menstruating girls by providing sanitation facilities and educational resources. We are encouraging the community to support girls who need to stay in school and feel good about their bodies and themselves.