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Head bath during the menstrual cycle

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A common question that could arise within the women’s community; is whether they can take a head bath while they are on their periods?

Why shouldn’t we take a head bath during periods?

In the earlier centuries, people used common water reservoirs like rivers, lakes, and ponds to bathe and perform other household activities. These rivers were the natural source of drinking water. During their periods, women were embarrassed as the community grew uncomfortable.

Head bath during the menstrual cycle
Ancient women taking bath in River

Thus, the people banned women and girls from taking a bath (and even head baths).

In our modern-day society, we have private bathrooms and well-developed drainage systems.

The scientific reason for not washing hair during periods

The belief of not taking baths during periods has become a total misconception. To maintain personal hygiene and proper cleanliness, one must bathe every day (at least once), even during their periods. If you are looking for scientific belief or reasons to disapprove, we shall look behind the fact that our body requires heat to flush out the waste from the uterus.

Cold relaxing shower

 A cold shower will reduce our body temperature, which leads to stagnation (lesser blood flow), and over time leads to infection and even hormonal imbalance. Contrary to the belief, a warm shower or head bath may help fight cramps and also increase blood flow.

How to take bath during periods?

My great-grandmother encouraged the girls in our family to take a hair bath on alternate days.

When I learned this from my mother, she told me that a warm head bath would help ease the

mensural cramps. My mother always insisted that I take a head bath on my first day. They

helped me stay clean and relaxed, to engage myself in my daily activities comfortably without unease.

Can you have a bath while on your period?

 I learned that many orthodox misbeliefs from the past are obsolete.

There is no scientific evidence or medical reason to ponder the question. But head bath helps the strained uterine muscles relax, remove dryness and oiliness of the hair, reduce the excess sweat, and balance body temperature (homeostasis), irritability, and bloating.

Can you have a bath while on your period?

Finally, how can this question be answered? 

A warm shower, bath, or head bath is essential to maintain their hygiene because the reproductive system is more prone to infection during menstruation. Prioritize your hygiene over all these fallacies. Have a great day!

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