Period Facts

Fact 1

Your periods get worse when it is cold. Due to the lack of sunshine, which helps our bodies to produce vitamin D and dopamine – which boost happiness, concentration, and all-around health levels our mood is also affected.

Fact 2

Your voice can change slightly during your menstrual cycle due to reproductive hormones affecting vocal cords. This means people can sound different while on their period.

Fact 3

It may seem like a lot, but the average woman can lose anywhere from one tablespoon to a small cup of blood during a normal period.

Fact 4

You will spend nearly 10 years of your life on your period this equates to around 3,500 days of the average menstruator’s life spent menstruating.

Fact 5

You can get pregnant while you are menstruating, It is not impossible at all. This is because sperm can survive in the body for up to five to six days.

Fact 6

Nowadays, the average age to start menstruating is 12 years. scientists think there are a few key reasons for this: namely, improved nutrition.

Fact 7

Orgasms can make your cramps feel better. During your period, Uterine contractions caused by orgasm can release pain-fighting neurotransmitters, like endorphins and oxytocin.

Fact 8

The same female reproductive hormones also affect your natural scent, meaning you smell different when you’re on your period. This is very subtle and actually consciously detectable. It’s more of an animalistic thing, harking back to our caveman days when men would be more attracted to women who were ovulating rather than menstruating (meaning they could procreate).

Fact 9

Back in the 1800s, girls wouldn’t get their periods until they were well into their teens the average age was around 17. Nowadays, the average age to start menstruating is 12 a whole five years younger. Scientists think there are a few key reasons for this: namely, improved nutrition. We’re eating better and more than our ancestors did a few hundred years ago, and fat cells make estrogen. The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you have in your body, which can trigger the start of your menstrual cycle as a girl. Increased stress levels are also a factor. That’s right high stress levels can actually trigger the beginning of your period.

Fact 10

Disposable tampons and sanitary pads (which are mostly made from plastic) are no longer the only options out there. These days, there are all sorts of sustainable period products to choose from that you can keep and reuse for years — such as menstrual cups and period panties. Period underwear brands like Knix have created a collection of washable, reusable, leakproof underwear which absorbs your period as a pad would (they can even handle heavy flow days). A few pairs of period panties save you from having to fork out for tampons and pads all the time and help you to have an environmentally-friendly period too.

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