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September 22, 2021 2 min read

Periods often start out as a “frenemy” that you learn to love and accept through time. And why not? It is, after all, a perfectly natural bodily occurrence and the more you get to know your body, the easier it is to love.


1. There’s a Name for the Beginning and End of Menstruation 

The first menstrual period you will ever get is called menarche and this happens around 12 years of age though it can still occur sooner or later. Meanwhile, menopause, a more widely-known term, is used to describe the end of a person’s menstrual cycles. This happens at around 51 years of age.  

2. People Who Menstruate Will Have Around 450 Cycles! 

Calculating an average of 13 menstrual cycles per year with the typical number of years that cycles occur (34.6 years), a person can have a whopping 450 cycles throughout their lifetime which translates to spending roughly a total of 10 years of your life on your period. 

3. You Can Still Get Pregnant on Your Period 

Though a person is unlikely to get pregnant during their period, sperm cells can survive for around five to six days. This means that these cells can wait it out and potentially cause a surprise pregnancy. That’s why it’s important to always practice safe sex.

4. 75% of Women Get PMS During Their Period 

If you experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome) during your period, you are not alone. Three out of four women experience these symptoms too, which includes fatigue, bloating, acne flare-ups, irritability, and more. 

5. PMS is not PMDD 

This period fact is a need-to-know for preserving good mental health. Some individuals experience PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), which is linked to symptoms including depression, anxiety, and self-destructive feelings. Whether it’s PMS or PMDD, talk to your doctor to make sure! 

6. There Are Thousands of Euphemisms for Periods Around the World 

A visit from Aunt Flo, strawberry days, crimson tide, and much more. These euphemisms are funny but mostly unnecessary especially now that periods are less stigmatized and body positivity is on the rise!

7. Orgasms Can Lessen Period Pains 

Orgasms can release endorphins and oxytocin which are pain-fighting neurotransmitters. Something to think about, for sure. 

8. You Can Save Money and Increase Comfort by Choosing High-Quality Reusable Period Products 

Illum’s high-quality reusable pads are made of soft and absorbent organic cotton or premium bamboo a good replacement for disposable products or a backup for your reusable period cup! You get to cut costs, have more comfort and security, and help Mother Earth. It’s a “win-win-win” situation.

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