Welcome to womanhood fellow sister! Let’s get started…
You may be asking yourself, why can’t we just live life without getting our period? Well, the purpose of the menstrual cycle is your body’s way of communicating to you that it’s ready for pregnancy. The blood which is expelled by the vagina every month comes from an egg in the ovaries held by your fallopian tubes. While every woman’s cycle is different, your period can be expected every 21-35 days, and could last for about 5-7 days.
As you will discover, you aren’t always yourself during that time of the month. This is because the onset of our period brings many signs. Gynecologists have discovered that PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome, A.K.A, a pre-period), the overall term used to describe the different signs every woman experiences before their period, occurs due to the hormone in the brain called, serotonin, which fluctuates. However, we’re happy to report that PMS begins 5-11 days before your period and ends when your period begins, yay!
If you’re lucky like some women are, your period can be a breeze. But, for most women, a period can bring on physical, behavioral and emotional changes, such as stomach cramps, back pain and headaches (which can be soothed by using our Heat Patch – which lasts up to 8 hours.) Other signs of PMS also include; bloating, breakouts, sore breasts, an increase or decrease in appetite and the most infamous sign of them all – mood swings (urgh).
While you have enough to deal with at this time, you don’t have to listen to every aunt’s advice because it may not always be true. This is what NOT to believe:
Myth 1: No exercising.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth, exercising releases oxygen to your muscles as well as a happy hormone called oxytocin which is great for your body and mind.
Myth 2: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period.
There is always a chance to conceive if you’re having unprotected sex whilst on your period.
Myth 3: You can pass out from the loss of period blood.
You only lose about 2-3 tablespoons of blood every month, but if you’re 1 of the 10% of women who get a heavy period flow that you feel faint or dizzy when you stand up, you should probably consult your doctor.
Myth 4: Pads are better than tampons.
This comes down to preference. They both do the same thing. We would recommend pads if you’re unable to change your tampons regularly, because inserting your tampons beyond the allocated time could result in an overgrowth of bacteria and may result in Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which is harmful to your intimate area.
Myth 5: You’ll want chocolate.
This isn’t true for everyone, but chocolate releases happy hormones that could boost your mood.
Now that you know all there is to know, it’s our pleasure to tell you that your period is a natural part of life and something you should own positively as a woman. It is a sign of your body’s many capabilities and strengths.
So, go forth and conquer the world with confidence!
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE:
FACT FILE: THRUSH AND HOW TO AVOID IT
If you’ve ever been on anti-biotics, been overly stressed, or have been using the wrong intimate hygiene products then you may have also experienced a fungal infection of the vagina, or Thrush – as it’s commonly known. The symptoms include itching, burning in the vaginal area, white, lumpy discharge, soreness and even a rash.