Questions You're Too Embarrassed to Ask About Your Period
The menstrual cycle is one of the most confusing things about the female body. And even if most of us are already used to bleeding every month, our red days still leave us with so many questions.
Why does it smell bad during that time of the month?
Blood has its own metallic odor, and there’s more to your flow than just blood—there’s also vaginal mucus, tissue lining, and bacteria. This is why period blood smells different. An important thing to take note is that a healthy period smell can be musky or metallic but should never be fishy.
Keep your vagina clean and odor-free by changing your pads often as sweat and moisture can contribute to the odor and bacteria growth.
Why do I poop a lot during my period?
Many women experience more loose bowel movements during periods. This is due to hormone-like substances such as prostaglandins that signal the uterus to contract and shed the linings out of the body. Signals are sent to nearby parts like the intestines, too. This is why cramps are usually associated with loose bowel movements.
I have a really heavy flow. When do I know if it’s too much?
On average, women lose about 14 teaspoons of blood over the course of her period. That averages out to roughly 2 1/2 tsp. of blood per day. However, if your flow is normal, but you're bleeding longer than 7 days, that can also be a signal for you to visit your OB-gynecologist.
Can I get pregnant during my period?
Yes, it is still possible to. If you happen to have a short cycle, you could be ovulating after your period. Sperm cells can live for up to 72 hours in the vagina—so it is possible for the sperm cells to find an egg to penetrate to even during this time.
Why does my vagina itch before and during my period?
Hormonal changes can lead to the thinning of the vaginal skin making it dry, irritated, and itchy. Adding to that, bacteria build-up rises during menstruation. Sometimes, it can be caused by your sanitary pads or tampons. If the itch isn’t relieved with a mild scratch or lasts longer than normal, this could already be an infection.
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