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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?

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Just Issued Her First Opinion In Abortion Case And Cast Doubt On Future Of Roe V. Wade

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Just Issued Her First Opinion In Abortion Case And Cast Doubt On Future Of Roe V. Wade

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It was no secret that if the Republican Party and Donald Trump got their way with the Supreme Court, that women’s health and reproductive rights would be under attack. Well, Trump installed his new justice, Amy Coney Barrett, to the court in November and she’s just issued her first opinion in a case related to access to abortion.

Amy Coney Barrett handed a victory to the White House and Conservatives regarding abortion.

Since taking her seat on the Supreme Court in November, Justice Coney Barretts’ opinions have escaped much scrutiny. However, her latest opinion in an abortion-related case is drawing scrutiny from both the left and the right for clues of how she might rule in the future.

The decision, issued despite objection from the court’s more liberal judges, reinstates a requirement for patients to pick up the drug, mifepristone, in person. Three lower courts had blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s in-person pick-up requirement for mifepristone during the coronavirus pandemic, citing the risks of contracting COVID-19 at a doctor’s office or a hospital.

Julia Kaye, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, called the court’s decision “chilling” and one that “needlessly” endangers “even more people during this dark pandemic winter.”

In an interview with NPR, she added that people of color, like Black and Latinx patients, are at particular risk for health risks posed by COVID-19. Requiring them to go to a doctor’s office in person to pick up the drug threatens the health and lives of those patients, she said.

It’s the first abortion-related decision since last year’s swearing in of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, whose presence on the high court bench ensured a new conservative majority. Abortion-rights advocates have been fearful of what a conservative majority could do to chip away at legal protections for abortion.

On the surface, this week’s abortion ruling is fairly minor but it has many women worried.

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In its ruling, the Court didn’t release a majority opinion, which means that the case doesn’t explicitly change existing legal doctrine. And the case concerns a policy that the Biden administration could likely reverse after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

But, when you read between the lines, the case – FDA v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – warns of a dark future for abortion rights and women’s health.

The premise of pro-abortion rights decisions like Roe v. Wade (1973) is that the Constitution provides special protection to the right to an abortion that it doesn’t provide to other elective medical procedures. Yet, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor explains in dissent, American College effectively rules that a commonly used abortion drug may be regulated more harshly than any other legal medication.

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Survey Says Support For Abortion Has Risen In Mexico

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Survey Says Support For Abortion Has Risen In Mexico

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Abortion rights have been long-debated issues for countries across the globe. Always, when it comes to conversations about women’s reproductive rights, is the debate that decisions like these should be decided solely by the people directly affected. You know, the ones with uteruses. Surprisingly, the president of Mexico agrees.

Last Thursday, the president declared that he believed that the decision about whether the country should legalize abortion should be left up to women.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed last week that the legality of abortion should be up to Mexico’s women to decide.

While López Obrador avoided revealing his actual position on the issue, he did say that a public consultation should be considered in the decision. In Mexico, the issue of abortion remains controversial and is still rejected by many Mexicans.

“It’s a decision for women,” Lopez Obrador explained one day after the Argentine Senate voted to make abortion legal. “It’s just that matters of this nature should not be decided from above.”

Lopez Obrador’s comments came soon after the Argentine vote was made and journalists in a news conference asked him whether he thought Mexico should take similar action.

Mexico, a majority Roman Catholic nation, is changing in its perception of abortion restrictions.

According to Reuters, “At the end of November, support for abortion stood at 48% in a survey, published by the news organizations El Financiero and Nación321 – a steep rise from the 29% recorded in March. The poll, based on telephone interviews with 410 participants, asked if respondents agreed that “the law should permit a woman the right to abortion.”

While abortion is legal in Mexico City and the state of Oaxaca, it remains illegal in most of the country with the exception of special circumstances.

According to Reuters, a “nationwide poll published in September 2019 by newspaper El Financiero showed that a woman’s right to abortion only had majority support in Mexico City and Baja California state.”

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in the survey said that they were against abortion rights while 32% were in favor. Fifteen thousand adults took part in the survey.

Various nations in Latin American ban abortion in totality. El Salvador, has in the past sentenced women to up to 40 years in prison. Until recently, only Cuba and Uruguay have allowed women to recieve elective abortions.

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