15 Curious Facts about Your Period - Did You Know Them All?
Did you know that the different seasons of the year can affect your menstrual cycle? Or that there are studies that prove how your voice can change during your period? This week we discuss some curious information related to your period by giving you these 15 facts that sure will surprise you. Because even though women spend about 38 years of their lives having their period, most of us still cannot say we are experts on the subject.
1. Most women only lose about 4 spoonfuls of blood during our whole period (approximately 60 ml.). Despite us feeling like we are liberating a blood waterfall when on our period, it is not really that much quantity. During our period, the pads and tampons we use absorb the fluid entirely and it is not easy to tell how much blood we are losing.
2. Yes, you can get pregnant during your period. Considering every woman has a slightly different menstrual cycle, it is technically possible to get pregnant when on your period, especially if you happen to ovulate early in your cycle. If, let’s say, you have unprotected sex on the last day of your period and you ovulate only a few days after, it is important to remember that sperm can remain alive inside the organism for up to 5 days, so it could still reach the egg.
3. PMS… is it real? Science has been debating about this for quite a long time without landing on a firm conclusion. A recent study confirms that some women are more sensitive to the changes in their hormone levels than others, contributing to feelings of sadness and irritability, and mentions that this is caused by genetic inheritance in more of the 50% of the cases.
But, let’s look at it from a different perspective: before having our period, women can suffer bloatedness, intestinal problems, difficulty to sleep, muscular or articulations pain, headaches, etc. Maybe it is not that crazy to believe that this can make one be a little irritable. More than mood swings, what happens is that things that normally would not bother us, do bother us.
4. Why do you have to poop more when on your period? As if liberating blood was not enough, it seems that when you are on your period you also need to go to the bathroom more often, right? This is actually not only on your mind, your menstrual cycle does ease off the fluids in your body thanks to the prostaglandins that relax the muscles. These are also vital hormones during labour.
5. Did you know that tampons were already used in Ancient Egypt? Yes, as much as they seem like a newer invention, and as much as our grandmothers tell us back in their time they only use fabric pads, truth is tampons have existed for more than 3,500 years now. Higher classes women back then would use rolled papyrus and women among the lower classes wore softened aquatic cane.
6. TSS does exist, even though it is infrequent. If a tampon remains inside the body for too long, the normal bacteria we all have could reproduce massively causing an infection. This can have very bad consequences, so it is highly recommended to follow the instructions carefully and to always use sustainable, high quality products.
7. We are sorry to disappoint you, but your menstrual cycle does not get in sync with your best friend’s one. It is a myth. Despite us feeling that having our periods at the same time is some sort of physiological connection of friendship and solidarity, it seems to be just a coincidence. There is no scientific evidence that proves this idea.
It is also true that there is no evidence that justifies the fact that you feel like eating chocolate or sweets in general when you are on your period, and we are not willing to allow something like this to the science. If you and your roommate are sure that there is some kind of planet alignment for you two to have your period at the same time, well… make a toast to it with a hot chocolate!
8. And talking about appetite… your sexual desire can increase during your period. When the progesterone levels decrease, you do not only feel like chocolate. So it is completely normal that you find yourself with a higher sexual drive during these days of the month.
9. There is absolutely nothing against having sex when on your period. Like we just said, there are hormones that make our libido increase during our period. Considering that our period is not a sickness and blood is not a dangerous substance (as long as we are talking about a healthy woman), there is no danger for any of both parts.
10. In fact, when liberating oxytocin and dopamine, along with other endorphins that act like a natural analgesic, orgasms can help with menstrual cramps. See, another point in favour of having sex during your period. )Even though remember there are many other ways to reach an orgasm by yourself as well).
11. The different seasons of the year can affect your menstrual cycle. Yes, there is just another reason to adore the sun, there are now studies that point out that its rays can influence your period. It seems that if in the days just before your period it is very sunny, it is probable that the menstrual cycle is shorter.
12. Did you know that the menstrual fluid actually does not smell? OK, until it gets in contact with the air that ir. Once it passes to the tampon or pad, the fluid will get in contact with the air and may develop a soft smell, even though the rest of the people in general will not be able to tell.
13. There is such a thing as the vicariant menstruation. It is a very curious and infrequent matter that is produced when the menstrual flow is supplemented by another organ other than the vagina. This means that the woman can bleed through her eyes, mouth or even her nose. This hemorrhage is produced by the capillary permeability that occurs during menstruation.
14. In North Korea there is a norm regulated by the Government that consists on allowing days off work to women on their period. This norm is meant for working women that suffer strong pain during menstruation. As long as they hold a doctor’s certificate, they will be able to spend the two most intense days of their period at home.
15. Your voice can change. A recent study published by the science magazine Plos One, revealed than there are changes that can occur in a woman’s voice during her menstrual cycle.