Woman face menstruation every month which is part of normal and natural life but somehow some menstruation facts are not fully known. Here are some facts you should know about menstruation. Discover how your body actually works during the menstrual cycle that not only varies according to each woman but also from month to month. The average cycle is 28 days but can vary between 21 and 35 days. When you calculate the date of the next cycle you should know that the first day of menstruation is day one and the last one is the day before restarting the next menstruation cycle. And time varies from woman to woman. During the first day of menstruation up to ovulation 1 and 3 weeks can pass and the second phase, after ovulation, lasts about 14 days for each woman. Of course the monthly menstrual cycle can change, the causes are numerous, be it stress, diet or possible genital disorders.
- Some women may even feel the ovulation process. Ovulation is the phase of the menstrual cycle when the ovaries releases an egg for fertilization and may last between one and two days. Women may feel some subtle changes before and after ovulation, such as breast tenderness, increased temperature or increased cervical mucus. Changes are designed to stimulate the process of fertilization and while some women experience these changes, others may even experience abdominal pain. That is because, just before ovulation in ovary tissue follicles develop that are broken when the egg is released, leading to bleeding.
- Cramps may be felt in other areas not only in the abdomen. Back pain is one of that most common complaints of women in this period and are determined by the pelvic nerve connections. So if you feel a hard belly, it can be felt in the back with ease. Menstrual cramps different from those manifested outside the period. This is because the uterus is a smooth muscle and pain is felt more intensely.
- Intercourse does not relieve cramps. Surely you’ve heard that intercourse is an effective remedy to improve the pain of menstrual cramps. But frankly it’s more a myth. Vagina orgasm involves muscle contraction and may be uncomfortable for some women. And reaching the cervix, which often happens during intercourse, increases cramping. Also, semen contains prostaglandins that stimulate uterine contractions resulting in labor, which would again lead to cramps.
- Men are attracted to women at ovulation. This is explained by the men biological need to reproduce, men are attracted to females in this fertile period. Moreover, during this time women at ovulation have an increased libido and tend to flirt more.
- Adjusting your period after quitting birth control pills may take up to 1 year. The birth control pills have a dose of artificial hormones like those produced naturally by the body. These pills prevent ovulation stopping a pregnancy that can easily upset the body’s natural rhythm. Once you gave up the pills your menstruation will get back to normal but it takes time. An immediate pregnancy may be possible but it is recommended to wait at least 6 months for the ovulation process to be adjusted.
- The risk of vaginal infection is reduced during menstruation. If you deal with common vaginal infection then you probably have not noticed any symptoms during menstruation. That’s because menstrual blood increases the pH level in the vagina and makes it difficult for an infection to develop
- Calorie-rich foods give you a good feeling. Before menstruation all woman feel a need to eat certain foods, especially those high in calories. High levels of carbohydrates stimulates the secretion of serotonin, which gives a good emotional state and reduces, irritability and mild depression before menstruation.
- The emotional state is better. Just days before menstruation a woman feels some varied emotional changes. Anxiety and depression are present but there is a good side, a felling of wellness is also present. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone regulate serotonin levels and improve your moods.
- Some conditions may worsen. As if it was not enough, besides bloating, headaches and fatigue before, health can suffer seriously. A week before menstruation certain conditions such as endometriosis or asthma may worsen due to hormones produced by the ovaries that interact with the nervous system.