Every month, young girls and women's bodies prepare to get pregnant. Their ovaries release an egg. Blood and tissue, which came from their uterus, come out of their vagina. This is what we call menstrual cycle also known as the monthly struggle of women. From the outside, periods can sound simple and harmless. However, it doesn't always feel food. For a few days every month, women would often feel like a different person, both physically and emotionally. And most of the time, not in a good way.
Aside from the blood and tissue that comes out from their vaginas, women experience period cramps which are mostly painful. Their moods and hormones are affected as well. While these are common knowledge, there are several things that most of us don't know about periods. Here are some surprising facts:
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1 - PMS is still a mystery.
Most of the time, women experience cravings, breakouts, bloating, sluggishness, and mood swings one or two weeks before their period start. This is commonly known as PMS, and for women experiencing this, it is quite normal. However, doctors are not sure why this happens. According to an article by WebMD, an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being, PMS seems to be a mix of hormone changes during the menstrual cycle. Emotional issues and chemical changes in the brain can make it worse.
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2 - Menstruating makes women less attractive to men.
Biological facts have proven that a man's testosterone levels are directly affected by a woman’s scent. However, this can change during a woman's menstrual cycle. A study showed that their testosterone levels increased when they sniffed the t-shirts of women who were ovulating. However, it decreased when they sniffed t-shirts of women who weren’t ovulating.
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3 - A rare period disorder can cause bleeding of the eyes.
Usually, women's vaginas release blood during the menstrual cycle. But with vicarious menstruation, a rare period condition, other organs or parts of your body can bleed, like eyes. According to a study published in the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, this disorder is caused when endometrial tissue is transmitted through the bloodstream. Fortunately, only a few cases have been recorded.
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4 - Getting your period can worsen asthma symptoms.
Menstrual cycles will not only give women period cramps but also worsens asthma symptoms. According to an article by Cosmopolitan, an international fashion and entertainment magazine for women, a study published in the journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine found out that there is an increased sensitivity to allergens along with a lower-than-normal lung capacity that occurs to women weeks before their period. This causes between 19 and 40 percent of women with asthma to experience premenstrual asthma (PMA).
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5 - Women can get pregnant during their periods.
Since women release blood through their vaginas, some think that they are less likely to get pregnant. However, menstrual cycles don't protect women from pregnancy. There are several reasons why. For instance, some women mistake ovulation for their period. During this process, they are at their peak fertility. Thus, engaging in sexual activities during ovulation can get women pregnant.
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6 - Women bleed a lot less than they think.
Usually, women tend to think that they release a fair amount of blood. The truth is, a woman only loses an average of 60 milliliters or 2.7 ounces of blood during each period. This is equivalent to more than 16 teaspoons or almost two shot glasses.
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7 - Orgasms can make period cramps feel better.
While studies showed that menstruating women increase their libido, it was also proven that orgasms can help them manage their painful cramps. Uterine contractions caused by orgasm can release pain-fighting neurotransmitters during the period. These neurotransmitters include oxytocin and endorphins.