Interesting Facts About Menstruation Period: It’s Not Just Blood You’re Losing…

Menstruation periods are something women deal with every month. However, like sex, they still giggle/cringe/shy away from the idea of talking about them openly. And oftentimes, they can’t even call it for what it is.
We give periods many names like “Aunt Flo,” “time of the month,” “crimson wave” or a number of other weird euphemisms that only serve to mystify and hide the perfectly natural process that women go through every month. Understanding menstruation and female health is important for overall well-being.
Researchers discovered that being on your period actually makes you stupid. Say what? Psychologists at the University Of Bath asked 52 adult women to complete a series of computer-based tasks—with cramps and without them. The results? The experiment concluded that period pain reduces your cognitive function and attention span, making you perform worse on tests!
Anyway, given the fact that there still seems to be so much we don’t know about menstruation periods (and that we’re too uncomfortable as a culture to talk about it), we thought we would dispel the mystery around the “time of the month” with these little-known interesting facts:
1. In Hong Kong, an Indonesian maid added her menstrual blood to her employer’s food in an attempt to improve their relationship.
2. The average women in a modern industrialized society menstruate 450 times in her life. Conversely, prehistoric women menstruated only 50 times—and today, women in agrarian regions menstruate about 150 times in a lifetime.
3. The days before your period mimic pregnancy. The body is actually preparing for pregnancy in this time, so the hormones it secretes, namely, progesterone, cause similar symptoms, such as fluid retention, tender breasts, a bloated feeling, and acne, says Dr. Levitan.
4. But if you’re taking hormonal birth control, you’re basically getting a fake period. If you’re using something like the pill, the ring, the IUD, or the implant, your period is a little different.
Those hormones basically tell your body that it doesn’t need to produce more progesterone, says Minkin. Without that added progesterone, you don’t build up much of a lining each month, so your period tends to be a lot lighter. In most cases, you’re also not ovulating each month, though you can still ovulate with the hormonal IUD.
5. Many prostitutes don’t take time off for their period. They either wedge cotton balls up against their cervix or they take birth control pills to control menstruation.
6. It’s a biological fact that menstruating makes you less attractive to men. A man’s testosterone levels are directly affected by a woman’s scent, which changes during a menstrual cycle.
One study where men sniffed the T-shirts of women who were ovulating showed the men’s testosterone levels spike, while testosterone decreased when they sniffed T-shirts of women who weren’t ovulating. Another study showed that strippers make twice as much in tips when they’re ovulating than when they’re on their period.
7. It’s not just blood you’re losing. There is a layer of the uterus that is shed every 28 days or so, along with some blood vessels, which is why some people’s periods can be messy, says Dr. Burns.
8. Heavy bleeding is defined as passing more than one cup of blood per cycle, soaking through a pad or tampon every hour for six hours in a row, or having a period that lasts more than seven days.
9. It is perfectly normal to have irregular periods up until about age 18. It usually takes girls a few years before their menstrual cycle settles into a regular pattern. Early menstrual cycles can be very short (21 days) or very long (45 days), but they usually even out around the age of 18.
10. It is possible to get pregnant if a woman has vaginal sex during her period because sperm can survive up to a week in the body.

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