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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 Group Of Women At A Migrant Detention Center Demanded Information About Covid-19, Then They Were Pepper Sprayed

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A Group Of Women At A Migrant Detention Center Demanded Information About Covid-19, Then They Were Pepper Sprayed

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As the Coronavirus spreads throughout communities across the United States, one group of people are at particular risk for contracting the virus: migrant detainees.

Tens of thousands of migrants are packed into crowded detention centers with little access to proper sanitation or medical treatment. Even before the outbreak of Covid19, migrants were facing outbreaks of measles and influenza at greater numbers than the general public.

Now, as they demand information on the risk this new virus poses them, they’re being met with violence.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so have confrontations between detainees and guards.

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On Monday, migrants clashed with guards over a lack of safe conditions and demanded to be released from the South Texas Processing Center. The melee led to a standoff and the guards shot pepper spray at the detainees, which ended with nine of the migrants now held for disciplinary charges. The detainees had raised concerns about the lack of screening measures for new arrivals to the complex.

Then, a day later in Louisiana, an ICE spokesman said seven people were pepper-sprayed at the Pine Prairie detention center. Earlier, an ICE detainee in New Jersey described harrowing conditions and said migrants went on a hunger strike for soap. ProPublica obtained an audio recording in which the detainee said that guards, in response to the strike for hygiene products in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, told the detainees that they “have to die of something.”

The threat faced by detainees in ICE custody is real.

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Four people — two correctional officers and two detainees — tested positive for COVID-19 at New Jersey detention facilities.

According to ICE’s guidance, new detainees who arrive at facilities are screened and isolated for a certain period of time if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms. The staff is also consulting with local health departments to determine whether there’s a need for testing.

For ICE’s part, they’re defending the use of chemicals against detainees as a necessary tool.

ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox told Mother Jones that pepper spray was used because “four persons became confrontational.” The rest of his statement said:

“The facility was conducting an informational briefing on COVID-19 preparations and safety measures in a detainee housing area to ensure persons in custody have accurate, timely information about the situation,”

As far as the use of force against migrants, he goes on to say: “ICE is tasked with providing safe and secure detention facilities for individuals in its custody. On March 25, at the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Louisiana, a group of ICE detainees became disruptive and confrontational with facility staff in their housing area. Detainees refused to comply with directives from facility staff and four attempted to force their way out of the housing area, at which time facility staff deployed oleoresin capsicum, commonly referred to as ‘OC’ spray. Upon deployment of OC, the detainees became compliant and facility staff was able to mitigate further risk of injury to both detainees and staff. This immediate use of force was conducted consistent with agency protocol. Medical staff evaluated all individuals who came in contact with the pepper spray; no detainee or staff injuries were reported.”

Even before the outbreak, ICE was using pepper spray against migrants in its facilities.

Last summer, over 100 immigrants were pepper-sprayed at a Louisiana Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center. The incident happened after a group of detainees began to protest the conditions they were being forced to endure.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said that a “group of ICE detainees refused to depart the outdoor recreation area at the Pine Prairie facility Friday evening,” adding that “after repeated attempts by facility staff and ICE personnel to disperse the group and restore orderly operation of the facility, a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed Saturday morning.”

And this incident came just a day after 30 migrants were sprayed at a separate Louisiana facility. It’s obvious ICE is eager to use pepper spray against detainees in their care.

Latinos In New York City Face More Layoffs Than Non-Latino Peers

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Latinos In New York City Face More Layoffs Than Non-Latino Peers

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The country is witnessing a high amount of mass layoffs across several industries in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment, the highest number in history. Economists anticipate a 20 percent unemployment rate in the United States and some cities are already feeling the impact of these layoffs. In New York City, Latinos are facing more layoffs than their peers.

Latinos in New York City are facing higher levels of unemployment caused by COVID-19.

MSNBC Legal Analyst Maya Wiley tweeted about the foreseeable disproportionate impact these layoffs would have on minority communities. The tweet is ringing true as 41 percent of Latinos in NYC have been laid off from their jobs in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy of the City University of New York conducted a survey with 1,000 participants. The survey found that roughly 4 out of every 10 Latinos in NYC have lost their job or someone in their household lost their job due to the health crisis. The survey found that 24 percent of white and Asian employees and 15 percent of Black employees reported losing jobs.

“It’s likely because the Hispanic community, many are in service jobs like restaurants or hotels,” Professor Scott Ratzan, a senior scholar at CUNY SPH, who led the survey, said in a statement. “We do the survey in English and Spanish, and [job loss is] higher among the Spanish-speaking community.” 

New York is the hardest-hit state in the U.S. with more than 30,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

New York state is facing the most extreme outbreak of the novel coronavirus when compared to the rest of the country. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers an address to the media every morning and has told New Yorkers to brace for a serious viral outbreak. More than 30,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19 and 325 deaths. Around 20,000 of those cases and about 280 of those deaths are in NYC.

Gov. Cuomo shared data that showed how the measures New York has taken to slow the spread is contributing to a slowing hospitalization rate. According to The New York Times, the hospitalization rate in New York state is slowing. On Sunday, the governor shared stat showing the rate doubling every two days. By Thursday, new data shows the hospitalization rate doubling every 4.7 days.

There are resources available for New Yorkers who are losing their jobs during the outbreak.

Some New Yorkers are reporting some delays in getting a hold of people in the unemployment offices. While the waits are long, it is worth being persistent.

According to NYC Emergency Management, there are several options for people who are being laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment assistance is available to everyone in New York state and the state has waived the 7-day wait period to alleviate the added pressures of COVID-19. Employees should know about the Shared Work program offered as an alternative to worker layoffs that provides some income assistance while workers have to work a reduced schedule.

The Office of Nightlife is also asking nightlife employees to fill out a survey about lost income in an attempt to help contractors, performers, workers, and business owners impacted by the closures.

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