Your Period: Things You Wish you Knew
Periods. Women have been having them through all time, but they can be so hush hush and taboo that many aspects of them remain a mystery. Whether you’re getting your first period or your 100th, there’s always something to learn, and chances are your “time of the month” might even change over time.
Everyone’s period is different, and your “normal” might be different than your best friend’s!
Periods vary in length of days, number of days in between, flow, PMS symptoms, and more. While a friend might have a four day period, yours could last seven days; she might have constant chocolate cravings while you are too nauseous to look at food. It’s all good, unless you’re experiencing extremes, like heavy flow, missed or late periods, or debilitating cramps (in which case you should consult your doctor).
Periods can affect your entire body.
It’s not just your reproductive system that gets the joy of your monthly friend; shifts in your hormones, changes to chemicals in your brain, and underlying conditions like depression can cause the symptoms of PMS. These can include oily skin and breakouts, cramps and cravings, and gas and other lovely gastrointestinal issues.
You can get pregnant during your period.
Many people think it’s impossible to get pregnant during your period, but that is not the case. Your chances are lower, but if it is still a possibility. Remember, our bodies can be quirky places with minds of their own; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
There are a variety of options out there for handling your menstrual flow.
In ancient Egypt, women used papyrus (Ouch!), while many women in Europe in the 1800s just let it flow and didn’t use anything at all. Nowadays, we have commercially-made disposable pads and tampons in all colors, absorbencies, and sizes. Reusable cloth pads and special absorbent underwear are also options, while menstrual cups continue to become popular. Trying different options to find out what makes you most comfortable has never been easier!
Periods are natural and healthy, nothing to be ashamed of, and knowledge is power. For information on period-related topics, including how to care for period-problem skin and what women call their periods, check out our other blog posts.
 Diseases and Conditions Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). (2014, December 16). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome/basics/causes/con-20020003
 Kubik, C. (2014, September). Can you get pregnant during your period? Retrieved from Baby Center: http://www.babycenter.com/404_can-you-get-pregnant-during-your-period_1460117.bc
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- On November 23, 2016