Why You Should Discuss Your Period With Friends
June 8th is National Best Friends Day, the day in which we celebrate all the secrets and TMI’s we share with each other and only each other. Sometimes as BFFs we don’t have to say anything at all. We just know. But did you know that girl talk can actually be beneficial to your health?
Complaining about cramps and heavy bleeding – or venting about bloating and other discomfort – can help you identify issues and abnormalities about your period and general reproductive health. Here are four topics friends talk about that can give you better insight on your body.
“Ugh, I bled through…again.”
Sure, this update among girlfriends is usually followed by an entertaining/ embarrassing story shared over cocktails. But, if this becomes a regular iMessage in your group text, then ask yourself if you’re bleeding too much. Everybody’s different, but if you’re going through a significant number of tampons or pads on your heaviest day as compared to your circle of friends, there might be a problem. For example, if you’re soaking through several hours at a time for a long time, you should consult your doctor.
“I always get a cold when I start my period. Is that weird?”
We all wonder about the strange interworking of our bodies. And, chances are, your friend experiences the same cold/flu type symptoms at the start of her period, too. The feelings of congestion, nausea, achiness and fatigue are all common PMS symptoms easily mistaken for illness. You can quiet these down by adding fish oil to your daily diet.
“These cramps are killing me.”
Cramps hurt, but if your cramps are prohibiting you from your daily activities (e.g. work and school), something your friend can’t relate to, it’s time to speak to a doctor, especially if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding. In this case an ultrasound may be useful to check for fibroids. These are tumors that cause pelvic pain and are common in women over 35.
“I had to walk out of spin class.”
If you and your BFF compare workouts after leaving spin class, and you feel like you couldn’t keep up, consider your current menstruation level. When you’re bleeding – especially on heavier days – you lose lots of iron, the mineral that carries oxygen to all parts of your body. If your working muscles don’t get enough oxygen to stay energized then the result is exhaustion and a decline in performance.
Checking in with your best friend on what’s weird and what’s not shouldn’t be limited to gossip and style. Sharing details concerning your feminine health not only brings the two of you closer as friends, but will also bring you closer to living the healthiest way you can.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On June 3, 2016