The menstrual cycle is the regular natural change that occurs in the female reproductive system (specifically the uterus and ovaries) that makes pregnancy possible.The cycle is required for the production of ovocytes, and for the preparation of the uterus for pregnancy. Up to 80% of women report having some symptoms during the one to two weeks prior to menstruation.
Here are some advises for those 4-5 days:
- Girls with sensitive skin or allergies may prefer cloth pads made with organic cotton. Sea sponge tampons are a natural alternative to synthetic tampons that come in different sizes to absorb varying amounts of menstrual flow. On average they cost between $12-20 dollars (for a package of 2).
- Menstruation is a monthly occurrence for women in which the body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb), which is then passed through a small opening in the cervix and out through the vaginal canal. Some pain, cramping, and discomfort during menstrual periods is normal.
- If you have a shorter menstrual cycle (21 to 24 days) and you have sex toward the end of your period, sperm can remain viable in your vagina for up to five days, so pregnancy is possible. But this is not an optimal time to try to get pregnant if you’re hoping for a baby.
- While nearly three out of four women said they felt worse just before menstruation, 63 percent said that their pain decreased during training and competition and 62.2 percent said that they believed their performance was just as good when they had their period as other times of the month.
- While skipping a meal here and there—sometimes referred to as “intermittent fasting”—can be beneficial, Longo says harnessing those benefits requires careful planning. Otherwise, you risk nutrient deficiencies linked to fatigue, poor mental function, and other health concerns.
- Many women crave chocolate before their menstrual period because of a lack of magnesium in their diet. Food cravings in the week or two preceding your menstrual period are common for many women, but could be getting in the way of reaching your desired weight or eating in a healthy manner.
- These uterine contractions cause most of the pain felt during menstrual cramps because the contractions inhibit blood flow to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). In addition, substances known as leukotrienes are also elevated during menstruation, and they may be the cause of menstrual cramps.
- Stopping dairy can improve period problems, but not every time. It depends on the person, and it depends on the type of dairy.
- The best thing to do while you’re feeling the physical and hormonal fallout of shedding your uterine lining is to watch a movie, but not heartbreaking stories.