7 Amazing Facts That You Don’t Know About Periods

Last updated: July 2, 2021

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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In an ideal world, period is just a blip on the radar which happens every month around the same time but always brings in a surprise with each installment. Sometimes you get uncomfortable and other times it feels nothing.

Periods can be unpredictable and mind-boggling messy. They are different for all women irrespective of age, height, weight, etc. The concept of period just goes out the window and is not something which can be categorized as normal.

So it is very important for you to understand that what is normal period for your and the first part of knowing is actually understanding your body first.

So we have bought few things about periods which you might not know:

1. Can You Get Pregnant On Your Periods

It is highly unlikely that you will get pregnant after having a sexual intercourse but it is not totally impossible. If you are ovulating within days of unprotected sex then there is a chance that sperm can survive in your vagina and the rest well that is a story.

2. Toxic Shock Syndrome

Forgot when you last changed your tampon well you need to be aware of that if you want to avoid toxic shock syndrome (TSS). According to Diana Hoppe you need to change your tampon at least every eight hours. But if you don’t remember the last time you changed it and you start feeling flu like symptoms it is better that you rush to ER.

3. Blood While You Are On Pill

Well the blood that you usually see during the your week is not period at all. According to Lauren Streicher, M.D., you are already skipping on your period by taking birth pills. you are already skipping your period by taking birth control.

4. Menstrual and Ovulation Cycle

Menstrual Cycle is your first day of your period of your 28 days of your menstrual cycle. It usually last four to eight days and on fortnight your ovulation cycle starts. This last for about four to eight days and this is when you are more likely to get pregnant. On 15-24 days if the egg is not fertilized than the egg starts travelling down and breaks apart.

5. Blood Clot During Periods

Not all women get blood clots during their period but it is not abnormal or unusual to see a few. According to Susan Wysocki, a nurse practitioner and board member of the American Sexual Health Association. “Our bodies are engineered in a way that blood, with the help of internal chemicals, clots so that we don’t bleed to death,” she says. Some of these clots can be from uterine tissues that were not properly broken down but other can be bigger. If the clots are bigger than you should visit doctors as there might be some other problems associated with it.

6. Cramping And Period Pains

Sad truth but this comes with the deal. You have to bear this unfortunate pain and cramping. It usually happens due to prostaglandins and hormones like substance which triggers the pains. But any pain which is above your threshold, you need to visit your doctor as it might be sign of sign of something more serious like endometriosis, and other issues.

7. Periods Synchronization

It is weird fact but yes according to a research some people sync up there periods with their best friends. This is mostly because of odorless chemicals called pheromones.  People living in close proximity may have similar diets, exercise routines, sleep/wake cycles, and shared stressors that can impact menstruation, says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Mount Kisco Medical Group and author of V Is for Vagina.

We have tried to cover all the mysteries and queries regarding the menstrual cycle. But if you have more queries and concerns about your specific case please feel free to contact our 24/7 doctors.

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About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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