Fun Facts about Periods

    10 Fun Facts that will Blow your Mind! 

    You probably know all the basics when it comes to your menstrual cycle- flow, consistency, color smell. We know that we may get a little snappy and want to eat a whole block of chocolate in one sitting. But here are a few bizzare facts that you probably didn't know
    1. You will spend nearly 10 years of your life on your period

    The average woman has around 400 periods in her lifetime. That’s a lot of periods.

    Added up, this equates to around 10 years — or about 3,500 days — of the average woman’s life that will be spent menstruating. Translated into period products, this works out at around 11,000 tampons that the average woman uses in a lifetime.

    1. You probably bleed a lot less than you think. 

    On average, a woman only loses about 60 milliliters, or 2.7 ounces, of blood during each period.  (That's almost two shot glasses, or just more than 16 teaspoons.)

    1. The "period" you get while taking hormonal birth control isn't a real period. 

    Contrary to popular belief, pill periods are not the same as real periods.  When you period occurs, progesterone naturally drops after ovulation and the lining of the womb sheds.  When you take the pill, synthetic progesterone keeps the lining from growing, so you need to take the sugar pills in order for bleeding to occur. . So while your flow might look the same, it's not caused by the same biological processes as your period, and you lose zero eggs when you're on birth control

    1. Orgasms can make your cramps feel better. 

    During your period, uterine contractions caused by an orgasm can release pain-fighting neurotransmitters, like endorphins and oxytocin.

    1. Your periods get worse when it is cold

    During the winter months, a woman’s flow, period duration, and even pain level are longer than the summer. This pattern also extends to women who live in colder climates rather than warmer temperature.

    The seasons can also affect your PMT too — the darker, shorter days can adversely impact your mood when combined with female productive hormones. This is thought to be because of a lack of sunshine, which helps our bodies to produce vitamin D and dopamine — which both boost our moods, happiness, concentration and all-round health levels.

    1. You can still get pregnant if you’re on your period

    Many people assume that you cannot get pregnant if you have sex while on your period. However, this is not true.  Although it’s more unlikely that you will become pregnant while you are menstruating, it is not impossible at all. This is because sperm can survive in the body for up to five or six days — so if you have a relatively short cycle, have sex towards the end of your period, and ovulate just after your period finishes, you could potentially fall pregnant.

    1. The average starting age for periods has changed

    The age at which woman start their period is becoming younger. Back in the 1800s, the average age was around 17. Nowadays, the average age to start menstruating is 12, and not uncommonly for girls aa young as 8.  Scientists believe this is due to a number of factors such as improved nutrition,  increased stress levels and being overweight

    Crazy too, in the Middle Ages, it was believed red heads were conceived during menstruation

    1. You lose a lot less blood than you think during your period

    Although it may seem like a lot, your body only actually loses around 1-2 tablespoons of blood during your period; the average woman can lose anywhere from one tablespoon to a small cup of blood during a normal period.

    If it seems like you’re losing more than this during your period, you should seek advice from a medical professional. Losing too much blood can increase your risk of anemia — which can cause dizziness, tired and poor circulation.

    1. Your period can affect how you sound and smell

    According to vocalization researchers, women’s voices can change slightly during their menstrual cycle due to our reproductive hormones affecting the vocal cords. This means women can sound different while on their period, and even “less attractive” according to the participants in their testing. Ouch.

    The same female reproductive hormones also affect your natural scent, meaning you smell different when you’re on your period. This is very subtle and actually consciously detectable. It’s more of an animalistic thing, harking back to our caveman days when men would be more attracted to women who were ovulating rather than menstruating (meaning they could procreate).

    1. You’re born with all your eggs

    Yes, you acquire all the eggs you’ll ever need during your time in the womb – even before you’re born! In fact, you’ll start life with more than a couple of million eggs which is way more than you’ll ever need, that’s for sure! 

    As you reach puberty and the menstrual cycle kick-starts, one of these eggs matures each month and is released. All of the extra eggs gradually die off as your biological clock ticks and so this is why you can’t have any more babies once you reach menopause