Your body is exposed to many things when it is ‘that time of the month’
You may be aware that with menstruation there is a great chance of discomfort for a few days a month (sigh), but did you know that everything happens from bloating to more discharge in the panties – and not least a real impact on your mood? Read here and get wiser on your cycle from A to CC.
A – Orange peel
Most of us have dents on our thighs regardless of weight, height and age. The lunar landscape is made up of encapsulated fats and waste products, and unfortunately, birth control pills, pregnancy and menstruation can affect your hormones, making the bulges more prominent.
B – Breasts
Up until menstruation, your breasts may appear sore. The tenderness is part of what is called PMS, premenstrual syndrome, which comes from an increased amount of estrogen in the body. You can relieve the pain by wearing a good, supportive bra, take a warm bath and otherwise ask the man to treat them gently …
C – Cycle
The word cycle means circle and denotes the mechanism that repeats itself every single month in a woman’s body. The cycle can last anywhere from 23 to 35 days – an average of 28 days
D – Bad mood
The hormonal changes in the week leading up to your period mean that the amount of both endorphins and serotonin in the brain decreases. Endorphins are very important for your mood and serotonin has a calming effect. When both of these are put out of play for a week, there is nothing to say that you feel angry and sad.
E – Nutrition
When you have menstruation, your energy needs increase, so you feel extra hungry and sugar-hungry. But do not grab the candy bowl – the fast carbs just make you more tired and unwell. Instead, get good carbs from fruits and whole grains and lime from dairy products.
F – Oily skin
During menstruation, changes in hormone levels can make your facial skin more oily than normal. If the problem is very big, you can get some pills against it from your doctor, but since they are very harsh, it is a good idea to start with regular, mild skin care for impure skin.
G – Pregnancy
You can only get pregnant for one day throughout your cycle. When the egg is released from the ovary, it only lives for 24 hours, after which it perishes if it has not been fertilized. The day is roughly in the middle of your cycle – if it is 28 days, then it is day 14. But beware – the length of your cycle can vary, and at the same time the sperm can survive up to 48 hours in your body.
H – Hygiene
Menstrual blood smells and it pigs. Fortunately, there are largely invisible pads and tampons. What type you are into is a matter of taste, but you should not have a tampon sitting for more than eight hours. It is a good idea to take a shower every day during menstruation, as you also sweat more than usual.
I – intimacy
You can easily have sex during menstruation. Some women have a greater sex drive than usual, while others feel unattractive. If you just want to be naked and close with your loved one, maybe he can give you a wonderful massage instead?
J – Earth journey
If you are going on holiday, it is tempting to skip the monthly break with the birth control pills and delay your period. You can easily do this, but be aware that you may have spotting in the middle of the period, and that a possible pregnancy will only be discovered late.
K – Cramps
When you get menstrual cramps, it is because the hormone prostaglandin triggers a contraction of the uterus so that blood and tissues can come out. It can hurt quite a bit, but it can help keep something warm on the stomach and exercise.
L – The uterus
The name says it all: The womb gives life. Its task is to protect and nourish the fertilized egg and after nine months of food. The uterus is a conical organ with an fallopian tube at the top of each side. At the bottom, it opens into the cervix .
M – Menstruation
The word menses means month in Latin. Menstruation begins when an unfertilized egg perishes and is expelled. Even though it looks violent, you are actually bleeding less than a deciliter. The majority of menstruation consists of tissue from the mucous membrane – only a little is blood.
N – Remember
The influence of hormones on your mood and well-being means that you are not yourself in the week leading up to menstruation. This is not where you need to take the big relationship talk with your boyfriend or an important discussion boss. Write it down in your calendar and you will remember it.
O – Accumulation of fluid
Just before menstruation, the body’s sodium content, which binds water in the organism, increases. This is why you may feel bloated and fat for a week. Reduce fluid retention with exercise and by avoiding salty foods.
P – Progresterone
The hormone progesterone works to make the uterine lining produce nourishment so that it is ready to receive a fertilized egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the level of the hormone drops and the thickened mucosa cannot be maintained. The mucous membrane is expelled and menstruation begins.
Q – Female intuition
In the period around your ovulation – 12-14 days after menstruation – you are a pure charming superwoman, especially when it comes to men. So go hunting with open eyes if you are single, or take the opportunity to really feel how wonderful your girlfriend is.
R – Smoking
In the United States, 3,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 have been followed for ten years, and the conclusion is clear: Smokers are twice as likely to have severe PMS as non-smokers. Then you are very effected by mood swings, weight gain and impure skin up to menstruation, so start by quitting.
S – Metabolism
The period of PMS is not just for trouble. Your metabolism increases a bit a week just before menstruation as you need extra energy. In fact, you can burn up to 500 calories more daily than usual.
T – Intestinal function
Menstrual pain does not have to be caused solely by contractions of the uterus. The increase in hormones also affects your bowel function – you get easier constipation. Eat plenty of fiber during the period, and possibly supplement with prunes and plums that promote digestion.
U – Discharge
When you ovulate, you often have more discharge in your panties. The discharge is clear and more slimy than usual. It lubricates the vaginal entrance so that you can easily have sex at the most favorable time, and at the same time sperm can penetrate the mucus more easily than normal.
V – Weight
It’s not pure hysteria when you feel big like a whale up until menstruation. In fact, you can gain between one and three kilos in excess fluid, plus you get more air in your intestines. It all helps to make the stomach feel like a balloon – but fortunately only for a short period of time.
W – Weight-watchers
Many women find that weight gain increases when they take birth control pills. However, it is not the birth control pills themselves that give the extra pounds on the side legs. It is the altered hormone balance that increases your craving for chips and cake.
X – Extra great sex drive
The body is so cleverly arranged that several mechanisms take effect at the time when you are most fertile. During ovulation, you may find that your sex drive increases. You are especially attracted to very masculine men, and at the same time your voice becomes brighter, your sense of smell sharper and your lips fuller.
Y – Performance
When you are menstruating, your body uses a lot of energy so that you can not perform as much as you normally would. Take it easy. Then you can comfort yourself with the fact that your efficiency is at its highest 14 days later when you have ovulation.
Z – Zzzz
If you get uncomfortably tired and nauseous up to menstruation, remember that the more energy you use, the more you create. Get started with the exercise – at first it will feel hard, but already in the next cycle you will be able to feel the extra energy.
AA – Ovulation
About 14 days after menstruation, one of your approximately 500,000 eggs matures and detaches from the ovary. It begins its journey through the fallopian tube, and it is on this approximately 24-hour trip that the egg can be fertilized by a sperm cell. If it does not, it will be expelled with the next bleeding. You are most fertile when you ovulate, and by using an ovulation calculator you can more easily find out when you have the greatest chances of getting pregnant.
BB – Estrogen
Together with progesterone, it is the sex hormone estrogen that ensures that a possibly fertilized egg can survive in the uterus. Without estrogen we could not get pregnant at all! So it is to be lived with that the elevated hormone levels in the time leading up to menstruation also make us crazy.
CC – It repeats 500 Times
On average, a woman begins to menstruate when she is 13 years old and continues until she is 50. In a lifetime, it becomes about 500 cycles.