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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.

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Mother And Teen Daughter Endured Ten Years Of Separation, A Dramatic Border, And A Covid Hospitalization To Be Together

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Mother And Teen Daughter Endured Ten Years Of Separation, A Dramatic Border, And A Covid Hospitalization To Be Together

Separated from her mother for a decade, seventeen-year-old Cindy (who is only being identified by her first name) took a chance last month to see her. Despite her age, a raging pandemic, and the risks of crossing the Mexico–United States border she journeyed from Honduras to see her mother in New York. Her love for her mother was so deep, she was willing to risk everything.

In her mission, Cindy wound up in U.S. immigration facilities where she contracted Covid-19. After three days in a hospital bed in California, Cindy was finally able to contact her mother who had not learned of her daughter’s hospitalization.

Thanks to the help of a doctor who lent her their phone Cindy was able to make the call to her mother, Maria Ana.

“There are backlogs and delays in communication that are really unacceptable,” Maria Ana’s immigration lawyer Kate Goldfinch, who is also the president of the nonprofit Vecina, explained to NBC.

After learning about her daughter’s COVID-19 hospitalization, Maria Ana feared the worst. “Following weeks of anguish and uncertainty, Maria Ana spent most of her nights painting the bedroom she has fixed for Cindy, just ‘waiting for my girl,'” she explained to NBC.

Last Wednesday night, Maria Ana flew to San Diego to be with her daughter after she’d finally recovered from Covid.

At the emotional mother-daughter reunion, Maria Ana assured her daughter “no one else is going to hurt you.”

After Cindy crossed the border, she spent several days in a detention facility in Texas in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. According to NBC “On any given night, Cindy said, she would share two mattresses with about eight other girls. She could shower only every five days in one of the eight showers the facility had to serve 700 girls.”

“It was really bad,” Cindy told the outlet..

Cindy was among almost 13,350 unaccompanied children left in the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS. This last year has seen over 3,715 unaccompanied children at these facilities diagnosed with Covid-19. Worse, there are currently 528 unaccompanied children who have tested positive for Covid-19 and put in medical isolation.

Now, immigration advocates and families are pressing the U.S. government to pick up reunions of children and their families in the United States. Over 80 percent of unaccompanied minors currently in federal custody have family living in the states. According to Goldfinch, “40 percent have parents in the U.S.”

“So we would think that it would be fairly quick and simple to release a child to their own parent. But because of the chaos of the system, the reunification of these kids with their parents is really frustrating and backlogged,” Goldfinch explained, “most frustrating, of course, for the actual children and their parents.”

While Cindy was in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, no one managed to notify Ana Maria that her daughter was in the hospital according to Goldfinch

“I don’t know why my daughter has to be suffering this way, because it’s not fair. It’s something very sad for me,” Maria Ana explained to NBC

“I’ve already been through a lot,” Cindy went onto share. “But I hope it’s all worth it.”

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Women Are Sharing Their Most Brutal Pregnancy Symptoms

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Women Are Sharing Their Most Brutal Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy really does require a strong stomach.

Women in their first trimester of pregnancy experience extreme hormonal changes that can lead to some pretty bizarre symptoms. From extreme cravings, even for non-food items such as pica, to a heightened sense of smell, it often seems like a pregnant woman could be experiencing an actual possession.

Women on Reddit are sharing the most bizarre symptoms they wish people had given them a heads up about before they got pregnant.

Check them out below!

“Nosebleeds. Not currently pregnant, but when I was, I got nosebleeds every few days during the first and second trimesters.”- creativeandwonderful

“From my mom: I paralyzed her from the waist down for a few hours because I decided to take a nap on her spinal cord in the third trimester. The doctor’s response was ‘yeah you’ll be able to move again once they wake up.’ Pregnancy is pure body horror.”- AbsolXGuardian

That is awful. I’m glad it wasn’t permanent. I knew a mom of twins who had one of them move and dislocated some of her ribs. Just…holy cow. It’s scary to think about all the damage that tiny little being can do while inside you, not to mention when coming out. Then many years of them beating you up and wearing your body down. Thank goodness for those hormones that help you believe it’s all worth it.”- TCMueller

“This is mostly a 3rd trimester thing, but that when you are active and moving, it kinda rocks the baby to sleep.

But as soon as you lay down to go to sleep, baby wakes up and starts kicking and spinning.

Might not be super common (?), but I knew a lot of other mothers who complained about this, too.”- GingerMau

“Not a woman, but i wish i knew the warning signs of preeclampsia, Girlfriend was 7 months pregnant at the time, and had been complaining of generally not feeling good with a constant headache that would occasionally break for a bit, i came home from work(i work overnights) to her sleeping on the floor and i eventually got to bed but i woke up 3 hours later to hear a thud and she was having a seizure, turns out she went eclamptic, she ended up having a c section, daughter was in the nicu for a bit but both are doing great now. What really put things into how close my girlfriend was to dying was the doctors and nurses saying how few people they’ve seen go eclamptic and one of the nurses said shes only seen 3 cases in like 10 years and 2 of them died.”- LeButtSmasher

“How hungry you can be. All. The. Time. Especially twins.

Then how hungry you still are after baby comes.

Then his hungry you are while breast feeding.

And sometimes the weight doesnt go away. At least the kids dont care.”- kleigh1313

“I wish someone would have warned me about the constipation. Corollary: I wish someone would have warned me that ‘fiber supplement’ does not equal ‘stool softener.’ Today, we’re at 26 weeks gestation.”- InfernalWedgie

“Related– I did have a couple of friends warn me about constipation, but no one told me I would be as thirsty as I have been! I get constipated after any day where I didn’t drink a huge glass of water every single time I felt thirsty… but I’ve been constantly insanely thirsty since probably month 2. I’m drinking something like 8-10 12 oz glasses of water a day. And no, turns out it isn’t gestational diabetes… just pregnancy.

And lol, agreed on the fiber supplement– I’d say it was more of a gas multiplier than helpful. Real food fiber did better on that front (oatmeal, pears, prunes, sweet-potatoes. heck, even beans were better than the fiber supplement for me).”- badgersonice

“Your body produces a hormone called relaxin that helps loosen your pelvis in preparation for birth. Some women get waayyy too much too soon and it loosens everything to the point you lose mobility and every day all day is painful. Also your body pushes so hard during birth you can feel yourself shit your own asshole out.”- Jen_Itals

“During labor the “water breaking” is not one rush of liquid. it’s continuous and can occur for several hours. it’s horrendous and messy and incredibly awful to deal with. it feels like peeing but you have zero control over anything and if you tense up then everything is much more painful and weird feeling.

nobody ever told me that and i was VERY surprised to find out for myself.”-notgrass87

“YUP. Went to the hospital at 4CM, water broke the second I got into triage. Water continued to POUR out with every contraction until I laid down. An hour later, they decide to take me to L&D, I stand up, bam pouring buckets. Get to L&D, another big contraction and water pours out of me all over my poor nurses shoes. My god, I did not know my body could have that much liquid in it. It was insane. I was so embarrassed and kept saying sorry lol.”- The-Chonky-one

“To quote a doctor friend of mine: People don’t realize that it’s the worst day of their life for them, but for me it’s Tuesday. Stop worrying about embarrassing yourself.”- Klaus_Goldfish

“I had adult diapers given to me by my SIL (she had some unused ones left from her pregnancies). They are INCREDIBLY useful for if your water breaks, and after you give birth and there is blood, so much blood.”- CypripediumGuttatum

“I didn’t measure, but I’ve heard people describe it as 9 months of periods saved up and thought that was pretty accurate. I was more concerned by my 2nd degree tearing to be worried about the blood. They said if there were “clots” that was what to look out for (so if your placenta hadn’t all come out and could potentially rot inside you basically). There is no glamor and not much dignity in giving birth and the recovery. Good thing the babies are cute! 10/10 happy I did it once and would never do it again, props to the ladies that go for round 2+.”- CypripediumGuttatum

“Hair loss! After I had my kid I lost a ton of hair. I would pull fists full of hair during my showers. I thought there was something wrong with me because no one told me about this. Went to Google, totally normal and it happens to everyone. It grows back eventually and you’ll go through an awkward baby hair phase.”- sm1020

“Aahh something I actually know the science behind! So apparently when you’re pregnant, your head holds on to almost all of those dead hairs that your scalp would normally just get rid of everyday. We all lose some hair, but most of the time we don’t realize how much we lose, especially if you’re blessed with thick hair. So when you’re pregnant and your body is worrying about keeping baby safe and growing, it basically stops shedding dead hair, and then sheds it ALL AT ONCE right after baby is born. So you’re not actually losing more hair than normal, you’re just losing all of those dead hairs that you would have lost anyway over the course of your pregnancy. It takes some time to see that your hair is back to normal because your head is now growing all of those hairs back at once, but when all is said and done your hair isn’t any thinner than it was before baby! My hair stylist told me this when I started freaking out about my pregnancy and body changes. She saved a panic attack that day.”- aep17

“Tore up from the floor up” lololol. I’m 5 weeks postpartum and had my OB take a look today for any remaining stitches from my second degree tear. I tore alllll the way and I swore I could still feel some. She said that they were all gone, but then I went home and found a whole ass suture on my toilet paper. Took my first look down there and it looks like I was stitched up by Frankenstein. My taint straight up has a seam now.”- edgeofdoom

“My god, the pooping. I now I have a three month old, and while I can’t remember my first poop after delivery, I vividly remember crying on the toilet not being able to poop. And nobody warns you about the hemorrhoids. Mine were so big I couldn’t sit for two weeks, and poops came out in little nuggets. Sometimes I actually had to scoop it out. Going to the bathroom became an event. My husband said the sounds I made trying to poop were worse than what I did during labor.”- toot_toot_tootsie

“I had a total meltdown in the hospital because my entire extended family was on the phone with my mom asking to come over to visit. “They just want to see you because they love you!” Um, no they want to see a cute new baby while I’m still bleeding heavily and have to use a squirt bottle after I pee, so… no.”- killergiraffe

“This times 1,000. Mine was fine, but I follow a woman on Instagram who lost her daughter full term because the doctor didn’t induce. She had signs of cholestasis and wasn’t diagnosed for awhile, then went to the hospital for lessening movements, failed a NST and then HE SENT HER HOME.

Every time I read her story I am angry on her behalf. I know she’s said she felt uneasy, and the way doctors dismiss our concerns in general let alone while pregnant, I imagine she ignored her feelings because she trusted the doctor and didn’t want to be pushy. I’m a loud mouthed person and I still failed to assert my needs during my last pregnancy. I’m pro-medicine but people need to understand that there is a valid reason that people mistrust doctors. Please anybody reading this – advocate for yourself!!! Trust in modern medicine but if your instincts are telling you something is wrong, trust them.”- thatcondowasmylife

“L&D nurse here, and I just wanna say that while you can pass blood clots as big as a tennis ball, it’s not “normal.” We tell our patients if they pass blood clots bigger than an egg, they need to let their nurse or OB doctor know! Big clots like that can cause a patient to have a hemorrhage, and patients don’t realize this, but you can hemorrhage up to like 6 weeks postpartum! Also, if you’re bleeding heavily enough to have to change your pad hourly or more, please call your doctor. Your nurse will probably do a fundal massage a million times before you get discharged, and I always encourage my patients to learn how to do it because it helps ensure the uterus is doing what it should do!”- little_ginger1216

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