10 Facts You May Not Know About Your Periods

Did you know that the average woman menstruates about 450 times in her life? That is around 3500 days of women's is marked with menstrual blood. Therefore, we can say around 10 years of a woman's life she experiences menstrual flow. In spite of these facts, there are several facts regarding this monthly visitor, we are unaware of. Here are 10 things about your period, you probably didn't know.

#1. Late menstruation is linked to a longer lifespan

A new study uncovers a fact that the age you get your first period can forecast how long you'll live. Weird, isn't it? The researchers found that the women who commence menstruating when they were twelve or older have more odds of making it to their 90th birthday than those who started having their periods earlier. The basic theory is that when the period starts early, the menopause will set in later, thereby, increasing the number of active ovulating years. The longer reproductive lifespan will bring down several possible health issues otherwise strike earlier in life like cardiovascular diseases.

#2. You don't bleed as much as you think you do.

It is common for most women to feel like they are losing a lot of blood during menstruation. This is reasonable as it's not possible to measure the actual amount of menstrual flow. However, most people lose only 2-3 tablespoons of blood during their period, even though, sometimes it seems like you probably need blood transfusion.

#3. The  period can change your voice

Owing to the fact that the vocal cords are mucous membranes, very similar to the mucous membranes that exist in the vagina, (surprise) they show similar hormone receptors. Drop in hormone level will pave the way to water retention. The vocal cord becomes swollen and it will be harder for the two vocal cords to come in contact. This will, affect the vibration of the vocal cord. A consequence of this is a hoarse voice and not able to reach as high notes which you could easily reach during the non-periods time.

#4. Days before period mimics pregnancy

Periods happen just after the body prepare itself for pregnancy. Therefore, days before the period starts the pregnancy hormone progesterone will bring similar symptoms, such as fluid retention, tender breasts, a bloated feeling, and acne, as in the case of early pregnancy.

#5. Menstrual blood is different than normal blood:

Just a view is enough to tell the blood appears in the underwear is different from the blood that comes out of a cut.  That's because, during menstruation, it is not the blood you are losing. It actually is the lining of the uterus that comprises a mixture of blood and tissue. Do you know that humans belong to a very small group that sheds uterine wall during menstruation? For all other female species, the uterine wall is reabsorbed by their body.

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

Your "period" when you are on hormonal birth control is actually called withdrawal bleeding and happens when the levels of hormones in your pills drop. It differs from normal periods in various aspects. Withdrawal bleeding may be lighter or slightly different than the period. It will have zero eggs and little uterine lining.

#7. Periods can be more painful during cold weather:

Menstrual cycle tends to be longer and heavier during the winter months than in summer. The level of pain also increases during winter than in summer.

#8. Earlier days, girls used to start menstruating at 16 or 17:

In the 1800s, usually, girls did not get their first period until they get well into their teens. 16 years are considered as the normal age for the first period. However, nowadays, due to changed lifestyle and food habits, the average age is decreased to 12 years. Even some children get their first period around 9 years.

#9. Artificial lights influence women's periods:

Light exposure affects the secretion of the sleep hormone. Studies show that a woman with extra long or irregular cycles if slept next to a normal 100-watt light bulb for a few days during the last two weeks of their cycles, will abbreviate their cycles by about 12 days.

#10. Irregular periods under eighteen is quite normal:

There is no need to worry if your teenage girl is having irregular periods. She will start to menstruate regularly only when she ovulates regularly. However, it can take time for your girl's body to reach a state where it is mature enough to ovulate regularly. Remember, the puberty processes are still in "going on" mode.