3 Things You Might Not Know About Your Period
Do you think you know everything there is to know about your menstrual cycle? On average, every woman has approximately 450 menstrual cycles in their lifetime, so you will have plenty of opportunities to learn everything there is to know about periods.
Nonetheless, your period has a habit of surprising you and not just by showing up when you least expect it.
Do you know these three fascinating facts about your periods?
1. It is possible to become pregnant while on your period.
It is time to debunk the age-old fallacy that your period keeps you from getting pregnant. There are several causes for this. For starters, some girls may confuse ovulation bleeding (vaginal bleeding during or immediately before or after ovulation) when their ovaries release an egg once a month for their period. When you ovulate, you are at your most fertile. If you have sex at this time, you may increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Second, bear in mind that while you cannot ovulate while on your period because sperm can remain in the body for up to 3 days following sex, pregnancy can occur from intercourse that occurs during your period.
Never have unprotected sex, no matter what time of the month it is.
2. Your menstrual cycle changes over time.
Everything can change just as you start to feel like you can predict when your period will arrive. Hormone changes that occur during your life are responsible for this.
When you get your first period, your cycles maybe longer, which means more time may pass between one period and the next. A teenage girl’s cycle might last anywhere from 21 to 45 days. They get shorter and more predictable over time, about 21 to 35 days on average.
3. PMS remains a mystery.
Acnes, bloating, cravings, sluggishness, mood swings, and so on, begin 1 to 2 weeks before your period starts. PMS affects every girl differently.
However, doctors are puzzled as to why this is. PMS appears to be caused by a combination of hormone changes throughout your menstrual cycle, chemical changes in the brain, and other emotional issues you may be experiencing, such as depression.
Changing your lifestyle is usually the most effective way to manage PMS. Aim to exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week and get 8 hours of sleep each night. Fill up on fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid salt (because of bloating) and sugar.
If PMS is preventing you from doing what you typically do, or if you are experiencing signs of depression or anxiety, tell your parents or guardians.