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