7 things you didn’t know about your period

News Hour:

We like to avoid saying its name, or even talking about it. That’s reasonable; it’s painful and more than a little bit gross. But although it may be a painful part of life, your period is natural, and talking about it doesn’t have to be taboo.

So let’s talk about it. Here’s a list of some things you’ve probably never heard about periods

1. Your period costs $18,171

tampons added up the cost of tampons, Midol, new underwear, etc. to come up with nearly 20 grand over a lifetime of being a woman, reports FamilyShare.

2. Period synching may be a myth

Many women claim that living with other women causes their periods to follow the same schedule. While a study in the 1970s proved this to be true, scientists since have found fault with the methodology. It seems like science has yet to get on board with the theory of period syncing.

3. Your period makes you a shopaholic

According to a study at Hertfordshire University, the later you are in your menstrual cycle, the more likely you are to overspend. Impulsive and excessive spending is a way of coping with stress or depression for many women at this stage of their cycle.

4. You will use 9,210 tampons over a lifetime

70% of women chose tampons over other options such as maxi pads and the average woman uses nearly 10,000 tampons over a lifetime. That’s kind of a lot.

5. Cramps are not always normal

If your cramps worsen, disturb your daily activities regularly, or if you’re older than 25, they could be causing endometriosis or uterine fibroids. If this could be you, see a doctor. Treating these issues can relieve your pain.

6. You lose only a few tablespoons of blood

Sometimes you may feel like you need a blood transfusion around that time of the month but most people lose only 2-3 tablespoons of blood during their period.

7. Periods were blue until 2011

Until recently, advertisements for maxi pads and tampons only used blue to symbolize the period. This was meant to sterilize the idea of periods. However, in 2011, Always released a campaign with a small red dot. Although this was only 4 years ago, it was the first time red was shown in an advertisement for menstruation products.

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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