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Top 10 Period Facts that'll Leave You Amazed

For many of us, we expect our period like clockwork and may think that we know all there is to know. But, do we really? Here are 10 facts you would never guess about the monthly cycle (and will leave you feeling like a walking encyclopaedia… but sexier, of course ;)

1. Suffer from asthma? Getting your period might make it worse 

According to a study published in the journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, between 19 and 40 percent of women with asthma experience premenstrual asthma (PMA). Women were reported having a higher sensitivity to allergens, as well as a sub-normal lung capacity during the week prior to their periods.  Authors from the study hypothesise that hormonal changes may be the culprit behind it all.

  • 2. “Crimson wave” “Code red”  Just some of the 5000 euphemisms for the period.
  • Menstrual cycle-tracking app CLUE released a survey which revealed that more than 5000 euphemisms from around the world are used describe the period. In Spain, “El vampiro” translates to the vampire. In Italy, e’ arrivato Giorgio or Giorgio has arrived. Who is Giorgio and why that name in particular? We’re still trying to figure that out.

    3. Ever wondered why tampons are sold in boxes of 18? 

    Apart from the fact that 18 is a lucky number in Chinese culture (start making your bets now), it is also the average number of tampons used during a woman’s monthly cycle. The interesting fact was reported in a study published in the journal Contraception.

  • 4. Orgasms can relieve some of that nasty cramp pain.
  • According to Brown University Health Promotion,  orgasms cause uterine contractions, releasing pain-alleviating neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin and making us feel happy, sleepy and relaxed. Say goodbye to Ibuprofen and helloooooo to immediate cramp relief.

  • 5. Did you know that Disney made a film about periods?
  • That’s right! Walt Disney worked with Kotex to produce an animated film about periods in the 1940s. “The Story of Menstruation” briefly shows young girls what to expect during their early teenage years.

  • 6. You’re probably bleeding less than you think.
  • According to PubMed Health, a woman actually loses about 60 millilitres of blood during each period.  For those of you who didn’t do so well in chemistry with measurements, that’s about two shot glasses.

  • 7. Singing much during your period?
  • Female reproductive hormones can actually be affecting your vocal chords according to vocalisation researchers. (Now you have another excuse to sing in the shower and practice your Aretha Franklin ;)

  • 8. Honey, it’s just a coincidence.
  • In a study published in Human Nature of 186 women residing in the same dorm for more than a year, researchers observed that women’s cycles didn’t sync up as expected. In fact, because women’s cycles vary in length, it’s difficult for them to happen at the same time.

  • 9. You will probably end up using more than 15,000 feminine hygienic products in a lifetime.
  • In a report released by Rochester Institute of Technology, the average woman will use between 12,000 and 15,000 pads, tampons and panty liners during 450 periods.

  • 10. NASA engineers asked the first US female astronaut Sally Ride if she would need 100 tampons for the week of her period in Space in 1983.
  • Her response: “No. That would not be the right number” per a 2002 interview published by NASA.  If that’s not boss, we don’t know what is. Rocket girl!

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