If you asked a group of women a few questions about their cycle, you would find that most of them don’ even know which days, in their cycle, they were most fertile. This is not surprising because menstruation is looked at by most women as something they have to hide and make sure to clean up. It is often looked at as something negative that shows up to ruin people’s vacations or special occasions.
But the truth is that there are some important facts about menstruation that women need to know. Below are some things that you may not know but probably should know:
1. You can get pregnant on your period. Yes, it is highly unlikely but it’s not impossible so don’t use menstruating as an excuse not to use protection.
2. You are most fertile during — and around — ovulation. Ovulation — the release of an egg from an ovary — typically happens midway through a woman’s cycle. Ovulation calculators are helpful in tracking your cycle.
3. Irregular periods can mean any number of things. Irregular menstruation — whether in the form of missing a period, spotting between periods or a period lasting more than seven days — can be caused by everything from extreme weight loss or stress to pregnancy to the use of certain drugs to serious illnesses like uterine cancer. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about an irregular period.
4. Walt Disney made a movie about it. In 1946, Disney released The Story Of Menstruation as an educational aid for s*x ed classes. It is rumored that the film was the first to use the word “[email protected]” Betcha didn’t expect that from the pretty princess factory!
5. The average period releases less than a cup of blood. Complain about heavy flow all you want, but the fact is that most women lose between a few tablespoons and a cup each month. This is not to say that Tampax ‘super plus’ are not sometimes necessary.
6. Menstruation by any other name is still menstruation. Remember in middle school when you were embarrassed to say you were on your period so you and your friends made up code names? No? Uh, well… Code names through the ages include Crimson Tide, TOM (time of the month), Elmo riding the cotton pony, Aunt Flo, the rag and the, er, crime scene.
Click to read more