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Research Says That Women On Their Periods Share This Strange Trait With Sharks

Let’s face it: no matter how well we think we know what goes on inside our body, our body is changing every so rapidly that it’s impossible to know every little change we go through physically. No matter how many times we’ve experienced our periods, there are just some weird things that we can’t help when it’s that time of the month. Yes, we’re talking things that they don’t necessarily teach in health class. Curious?

Read on to find out some of the strange things that happen to your body when you’re on your period!

1. The chances of getting a yeast infection decreases.

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Although the chances of getting a yeast infection during your period is less,  it’s more likely that you can develop a bacterial infection. The reason for this is that the pH of your vagina can increase when you’re suffering through shark week. This change in pH discourages yeast from forming, which, you guessed it, also lessens the risk of getting a yeast infection. On the flip side, the combination of a higher pH and hormones zipping around your body increases the chance of developing a bacterial infection. Woo.

2. Your voice changes when you’re on your period.

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You might not notice a change in the sound of your voice during this time of the month but the change is definitely enough for men to notice. A study found that men were able to guess correctly about 35 percent of the time when a woman was sporting the red badge of courage – a result that’s too high for just luck alone. And you know what else? In the study, men rated women riding the crimson tide as the least attractive of the sample. The theory is that biology has made this possible. That is since periods reduce fertility, then this indicates to men to steer clear for the time being. But why do our voices change in the first place? Because: hormones.

3. Cramps travel.

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Yeah, this made us nope, too. Even though menstrual cramps theoretically should be located in the abdomen, it’s completely normal to experience cramps in the lower back and the upper legs, too. This is because our nerves are connected, so they basically just transport the pain. Great.

4. Pain intensity can change depending on whether Aunt Flo is visiting.

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Since hormones can affect how we feel pain, this means that when we’re on the rag we can either become more sensitive or less sensitive, to pain. So, how can you tell if you’re the former or the latter? Well, if you find you experience particularly painful periods, then you’re most likely more sensitive to pain at that time of the month. Ouch.

5. Cramps reduce cognitive ability.

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Is this surprising? Even though science has only proven it recently, it’s not like we didn’t know this already. You try bleeding profusely out of your uterus, and see how clearly you can think, Dr. Ed.

6. Your mouth or jaw can hurt because of the Red Wedding.

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Apparently lower estrogen levels are associated with temporomandibular joint pain or TMJ. This means that people on birth control pills can also experience TMJ since the whole point of the contraceptive is that it lowers the body’s natural estrogen levels. Yikes.

7. You may find your bowels start to have a party.

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Well, not literally. But, it’s completely normal to find that you’re running to the bathroom more often when you’re dealing with some lady business. The reason for this is that the chemicals your body uses to contract and shed the lining in your uterus can actually make your bowels contract, too.

8. Having your period can make you more clumsy.

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This could be because you’re more tired on your period – or, because fluid retention can affect your brain, and therefore, your balance.

9. Suffering from Girl Flu can disrupt your sleep.

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If you’re one of those people who don’t rest well when you’re on your period, you’re not alone. About 30 percent of women experience disrupted sleep during shark week.

10. Period gingivitis is a thing.

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Since your estrogen levels tend to be higher just before you start riding the crimson wave, this can cause swelling – yes, even in your gums! The best thing you can do to prevent gingivitis due to your period is by making sure you clean your teeth, and clean them thoroughly.

11. If you get migraines from your period, you’re not alone.

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On the whole, women are more likely to suffer from migraines than men. And you know what? about 70 percent of women who suffer from them say that their migraines are linked to their monthly cycle.

12. You might also get hit with constipation.

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Changing progesterone levels means that you could possibly get blocked up during your period, too.

13. Like sharks, some women gain a keener sense of smell!

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For those of you not taking contraceptives, its entirely possible that you’ll be more sensitive to the scent of male musk and pheromones.

14. You get better workouts at that time of the month, too!

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Since your hormones are at their lowest when you’re on your period, it has an effect on the way you work out. You end up with the capacity to deal with really intense workouts, in addition to having higher fatigue resistance and a better recovery overall. So make the most of it while you can!

15. Your period blood may change color.

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But, that’s okay! If you see brown discharge, that’s basically your uterus clearing out blood from your last period. That being said, if you find that your period has a strong smell, or is yellow or green, that’s when you should definitely see a doctor.

16. It’s normal to feel like you have two different types of periods.

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Your ovaries take turns creating the dominant egg for the month. So, if you feel like your periods are a little different every second month, you now know the reason why!

17. It’s possible to have a fake period.

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For those of you using hormonal birth control and bleed every month like clockwork … you’re not actually having a proper period. It’s a period, minus one key hormone: progesterone. So, that’s why you’ll find that having a “period” while using hormonal contraceptives tends to be lighter.

18. A chemical called prostaglandins is released during your period.

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Why do we care? Because knowing this is the secret to fighting cramps. Taking anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen before the cramps start can actually block the production of prostaglandins. So, when you realize that Aunt Flo is visiting again, that’s the time to start taking ibuprofen.

19. Your period hormones make it easier to quit a bad habit.

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Believe it or not, your hormones affect your cognition around decision-making and rewards. Researchers found that smokers were more successful in giving up their cigarettes if they did so towards the end of their period.

20. You might get a craving for red meat.

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Red meat has iron in it, which is exactly what you need in order to replenish the blood cells you’re losing from your period. Makes sense, right?

How many of these facts surprised you? Or, better yet, how many of these have you experienced when being pregnant? Tell us about it on our Facebook page – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

A Judge In NY Has To Decide If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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A Judge In NY Has To Decide If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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Just two months ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that mandates vaccination for children old enough to attend schools, and participate in education with other children, unless otherwise advised by a doctor. The legislation came after the spread of misinformation about vaccines caused a series of measles outbreaks in the spring. Scientific literature based on decades worth of data from tens of thousands of children has proven vaccination safe and effective for the public.

Attorney’s Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Michael Sussman filed a class action suit for about three dozen parents who claim that vaccinating their children goes against their faith. Wednesday, Albany courtrooms were packed with over 1,000 anti-vaxxers who wanted to hear how the judge would rule in a debate around religious freedom vs. public health.

The crowd of anti-vaxxers wore white in reference to the Argentine mothers who wore white as they protested their government’s brutal killings and disappearances of their liberal children.

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The anti-vaxxers feel that the implication of the government forcing them to vaccine their children from measles is tantamount to the Argentine government killing or “disappearing” 30,000 young, leftist political activists from existence in the 1970s. 

In April 1977, 14 mothers, wearing images of their missing children’s faces around their neck, marched around the Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. They took a stand against a violent government in a defiant act to demand justice for their children.

These New York parents also feel the law doesn’t allow enough time to find proper education for their children. 

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The demonstrators told Gothamist reporters, Gwynne Hogan and Claire Lampen, that “the new law effectively disappeared their children from the school system.” If the religious exemptions aren’t upheld, their alternative would be to homeschool their children or move to a different state.

“[We’re] hoping that our kids are granted the right to go back to school. Our children have been kicked out,” Long Island mother Amy McBride, 41, told Gothamist. “We’ve all been meeting, trying to look at curriculums, understand how to make it work, what the regulations are, understanding what it takes to actually do that…Our beliefs are steadfast and sincere and true and we’re not going to cave.”

The lawyers in the case argued that legislators demonstrated “active hostility toward religion.”

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“[These children] are going to have nowhere to go to school…They have no idea what they are going to do with these children,” Sussman said. New York State attorney Helena Lynch refuted that claim. “The actual legislative record is so clear that the motivation was public health,” Lynch said. “The right to religious expression does not encompass the right to place others in danger.”

Lynch also expressed that legislators aren’t targeting religious groups but are genuinely “skeptical” that those choosing not to vaccinate their kids were expressing personal beliefs rather than religious ones. The crux of the argument seems to rest on public health risk for allowing the religious exemption, especially when an approximate 26,000 children would be unvaccinated in New York schools.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman from Manhattan, specifically wanted to eliminate the religious exemption as the key reason for the recent spread of measles.

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You have a First Amendment right to practice your own religion, but you do not have the right to endanger your children or worse other people’s children,” he told a press conference. Already, 14 percent of pre-school aged children in Williamsburg are estimated to be unvaccinated for religious reasons or otherwise. Another 28 percent in Rockland County were unvaccinated.

The anti-vaxxers expressed that they wished New York followed in California’s suit by allowing a year for the law to take effect. But public health advocates cite a sense of urgency for public safety measures, “This needs to be done, not tomorrow, not in a week, not in a month, and not in a year,” said one activist. “It must be done immediately, the numbers are gaining strength.”

Crowds packed even this overflow room as they waited for the judge’s answer.

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They never heard it. Judge Hartman hasn’t made her decision yet about whether to allow 26,000 unvaccinated children go to New York schools in time for school start dates just three weeks from the hearing. The anti-vaxxers want her to put a stay on the state law which would allow those children to go to school while she continues to hear the case and make a final, permanent decision.

READ: A 12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Hilariously Trolled Anti-Vaxxers In This Viral Video

A Salvadoran Rape Victim Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Having A Stillbirth Has Been Acquitted

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A Salvadoran Rape Victim Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Having A Stillbirth Has Been Acquitted

On average, there are 321,000 victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States, and in Latin American countries those numbers are even more horrifying. In many Latin American countries, violence against women is a lot more prevalent and women even end up paying far greater consequences for simply being victims of rape and assault than their abusers. For one, in countries like El Salvador, there’s an absolute ban on abortion which has led to the harsh criminalization of women and their bodies. 

In July of 2017, the now 21-year-old Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide by a court in El Salvador. The year before, the young rape survivor was found on the floor of her bathroom drenched in blood and when she was taken to the hospital, doctors examined her and saw signs of delivery but no baby. Hours later, after doctors had reported this to the authorities, local officials found a newborn dead in a septic tank. Then the young woman was accused of inducing abortion and aggravated homicide. 

On Monday, August 19, 21-year-old Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz was acquitted after a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict her of the alleged crime she had been accused of years prior. 

According to reports, the young woman walked out of a women’s jail in El Salvador on February 15 where she was met by a crowd of cheering women carrying “Justice for Evelyn” banners. This is where Evelyn had been for nearly three years after being convicted for aggravated homicide after she had a stillbirth. Her recent acquittal, however, didn’t come easy. Earlier this month, she was headed back to the courtroom to be tried once more for the same crime. 

Evelyn isn’t the first woman to be accused of murder by El Salvador after having a miscarriage.

According to BuzzFeed News, she’s one of the dozens of women accused of murder and “her case will be the first of its kind tried under recently inaugurated President Nayib Bukele, who has spoken out against the punishment of impoverished women who have suffered ‘spontaneous abortions,’ putting the new administration’s stance on women’s rights to the test.” Although it’s a significant step in the right direction, there’s still so much more to be done in regards to fighting for these women’s rights to choose and have ultimate control and agency over their bodies.

Evelyn, who served 33 months of her initial 3-year sentence, always maintained her innocence. She repeatedly has said that she didn’t know she was pregnant until the delivery happened. The young woman had been raped by a local gang member while she was still a teenager, and didn’t know she was pregnant until 32 weeks later. 

According to CNN, Evelyn told reporters last month that if she had known she was pregnant, she would have “awaited the baby with pride and joy.” 

Evelyn’s case has not only drawn a lot of media attention because of the nature of it but has also drawn major spotlight to El Salvador’s abortion laws which are known to be some of the strictest in the world. 

The country imposed a total ban on abortions since 1998, according to ThinkProgress. It’s one of the 16 countries in the world with these strict regulations—other countries including Egypt, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, among others. In El Salvador, women who are even suspected of having an abortion could be prosecuted for a crime. 

For example, if a woman even seeks abortion treatment and is reported to the authorities, she could face being prosecuted for that crime. Pregnancy terminations of any kind are simply illegal in El Salvador, including when the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother or like Evelyn’s case, even if the woman was raped. 

After the verdict of her acquittal was announced on Monday, Evelyn can be seen smiling jubilantly with tears in her eyes in images circulating on social media. “Thank God, justice was served,” the young woman told reporters after her ruling.  

“I thank all of you who have supported me and thank everyone from around the world who has shown support,” Evelyn said, according to CNN. “It was tough to be locked up, especially when I was innocent. There are others who are still locked up and I hope they are freed soon.” 

Dozens of women in El Salvador have been prosecuted for murder after suffering miscarriages and stillbirth’s and given sentences between 30 and 40 years. 

After this pivotal moment for women’s rights of El Salvador and other countries with similar abortion laws, we hope more individuals will make the choice to support other cases and women like this one. 

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