They visit us monthly, sometimes unannounced, cause our tummies to feel like there’s something trying to escape, make us a bit grumpy, shrink our favourite jeans and we want ALL the chocolate. That’s right, today we’re talking about periods and though they delight us with their presence each month, there are some things we don’t know about them. We’ve put together this list of five little known facts about THAT time of the month to get you in on the know.
There’s more to your period than just blood. As well as blood, your menstrual fluid also contains cervical mucus vaginal secretions and endometrial tissue which are often mistaken for blood clots. These little bits of tissue are more common than you think and it’s quite normal to have a few each month. If you notice anything unusual though, make a note on your period tracker and let your doctor know.
Periods themselves don’t smell. It’s just the chemical reaction your menstrual fluid has with the air once it’s on your sanitary towel or tampon which can give off an odor. It’s generally a subtle smell that goes fairly undetected by anyone else so there’s no need to be embarrassed.
The change in hormone level can leave you horny. Okay, so sex during your period isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and it really is down to personal preference, but for some the low level of progesterone can leave you feeling frisky.
Orgasms can ease your period pain. Reaching orgasm is a proven way to ease menstrual cramps. When you climax it triggers a release of oxytocin and dopine along with other endorphins which act as natural pain killers.
Your uterus is smaller than you might think. At that time of the month when you’re bloated and uncomfortable you’d be forgiven for thinking that your uterus resembles a football, but in actual fact it’s roughly the size (and shape) of a pair.