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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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