8 Things You Should Know About Periods - Femica-Blog
February 3, 2023

8 Things You Should Know About Periods

Every woman is unique and so is her period. There is no standard formula when it comes to your menstrual cycle – it can vary for each woman depending on the flow, duration; or even the number of days between two periods. On average, a woman gets her period 450 times in her life – that’s a long time for us girls to figure out a pattern and understand our bodies enough to know what a healthy period is and what to expect during a normal period cycle. However, there may be some questions left unanswered because no one wants to contact their ob-gyn for every little period problem.

Don’t you worry ladies; we’ve got some of these topics covered so as to minimize your doubts!

Skipping your period

Skipping your period once in a while is okay! We all have those times when we’ve gone on birth control pills, so as to not ruin a pre-planned beach vacay! Why does this happen, you wonder? Birth control pills are hormonal contraceptives. This fluctuation in your hormones causes thinning of the endometrial lining which doesn’t require the occurrence of your period in order to get rid of it. You only need to start worrying if you are skipping your periods naturally, without the interference of birth control pills.

Spotting

Have you ever notices small spots of blood on your panties between periods? This is known as spotting and it can also be seen towards the tail end of your period cycle. There are two hormones responsible for periods – estrogen and progesterone and it this hormonal imbalance that can lead to spotting. This isn’t a concern if it happens regularly every month (at approximately the same time), owed to hormonal fluctuation; so it is always a good idea to keep a track of your periods. However, if this is not a natural occurrence you may want to watch out for cervical cancer, uterine polyps, uterine cancer or other possible serious conditions, which can trigger spotting.

Cramping

Cramps are a normal occurrence when it comes to periods – almost every woman has to go through discomfort once a month. Good old hot water bottles and pelvic massages usually do the trick to ease the pain. However, it is when the cramps begin to become extremely painful to the point of almost unbearable that you need to pay a visit to your doctor because this can be a sign of uterine fibroids or endometriosis (caused due to uterine tissue growing outside the uterus).

Period sex can be heavenly

In case you’re a stranger to period sex, we suggest you get familiar with it! The blood acts as a lubricant and makes sex all the more pleasurable. Now, you don’t have to have sex during heavy flow like the first three days of your period but the fourth and fifth days are more manageable for most women. Remember to make your man wear protection to avoid STDs (most easily transmitted through blood), avoid foreplay (the blood can get everywhere!); and definitely put a towel underneath before your little experiment! An added bonus of period sex – it shortens the length of your period and is known to reduce cramping.

Pregnancy and period sex

Although it is pretty unlikely for you to get pregnant when you have sex on your period, it isn’t impossible. Yes, you read that right! Most women start ovulating 14 days after their period starts but there are always exceptions. Did you know that sperm (in rare cases) can stay alive inside your reproductive tract for up to 7 days? Now, based on this fact, if you have period sex on the 7th day (i.e. the last day of your period) and this sperm lives in your reproductive tract for the additional 7 days, technically your body could have started ovulating and your egg can get fertilized. This would lead to this sort of unexpected pregnancy. So what’s the moral of the story? Use protection to avoid surprises!

Amount of period discharge

When we use pads or tampons during our periods, it seems like we’ve bled a lot because while absorbing the blood, these products evenly spread it out. So it creates an illusion of a lot of blood being lost; whereas in actuality, most women bleed much less than expected – amounting to about 3 to 6 tablespoons of blood in total. However, if you’re changing your pads or tampons more frequently than not, every few hours; you may want to consult your doctor. This excessive bleeding can be a sign of anaemia, which leads to symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue and cold feet and hands.

Eco-friendly menstrual hygiene products

Product Description:  TWC Tampons are made from Certified Organic Cotton, with an absorbent core, which has the removal cord sewn into it. This core is wrapped in a special safety layer, which prevents the fibers from remaining inside your body. These tampons also come with a cardboard applicator for an easier insertion process. TWC's Tampons are a great choice for women who lead an active lifestyle. By Women For Women Founded by Women from the Healthcare industry.

 How to Use: The compact applicator is made of two tubes, with the tampon inside. Extend the inner tube until you feel it come to a stop. It won't click, like other tampons you may have used. To insert the tampon, just push the inner tube until it meets the end of the outer tube.

Benefits / Features of using the product:  

  • Skin-friendly
  • Rash free
  • Ultra-soft

Country of Origin: India

Brand Name: The Woman's Company

 

 

Women usually turn to pads or tampons during their periods. However, we all know that these aren’t sustainable options. One sanitary pad can take up to 800 years to decompose due to the non-biodegradable plastic used. Imagine the amount of waste accumulating and causing health and environmental hazards in the future! The wise decision would be to opt for eco-friendly menstrual hygiene products such as organic pads and tampons, made up of natural cotton.   However, if you understand the gravity of the situation and want to make a huge impact, you might want to switch to menstrual cups or period panties for a zero-waste period. Yes, ladies, zero-waste periods are possible, you just haven’t done your research yet!

Female Hygiene

  • Menstrual Cup Large (Only Cup) Menstrual Cup Large (Only Cup) ₹700.00
    Product Description : ISO Certified 31485:2016. Find joy in little things, everyone says! And we help you find that joy. Rustic Art menstrual cup is as small as a cup cake, sparking even more joy in women. Waking up to a new comfort everyday, Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is the treasure that we'd love to share with the world. Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is a reusable sanitary wear, which collects the menstrual fluids, 25-30 ml at a time. It's made out of medical grade silicone, which doesn't react with the either the body, or the vaginal fluids. Since it goes entirely inside the vagina, the ease of body movements is at the maximum, making it a pit stop for most of the sportswomen. It is smartly designed for most comfort and made in India (Satara, Maharashtra). It saves pollution caused due to the disposable pads, saves luggage storage while traveling, saves money, removes the irritation, itch and foul smell caused by the disposable pads. The cloth pouch is hand stitched by local women, providing them employment. Rustic Art Menstrual Cup Wash! Now say good bye to odour, stains and .... with your portable sterilizing kit! It takes care of the maintenance of your cup for 2 years. Use it once before your period and once after for a menstrual cup as good as new. It is made with natural and non toxic ingredients. You can buy it here. How to use : Refer instruction Manual provided along with the pack Benefits of using this product : Rustic Art Menstrual Cup is a reusable sanitary wear. Best Suitable for Sports Women and Outdoor Working women Size Selection: Small: Women below age 30 years; Large: Women above age 30 years Shelf Life : Best Before 24 months Country of Origin : India Brand Name : Rustic Art
  • Organic Cotton Day Pads | Pack of 12| The Woman’s Company | Biodegradable and Rash Free | 280mm Organic Cotton Day Pads | Pack of 12| The Woman’s Company | Biodegradable and Rash Free | 280mm ₹279.00
    Product Description: The Woman's Company Biodegradable Organic Cotton day pads are your answer to rash free periods. The pads have a 100% organic top sheet, are non- bleached, and are gentle on your skin. TWC pads are dioxin-free hence, reducing the chances of cervical cancer. The pads are ergonomically designed to avoid any leakage and manage your flow in the best possible way. TWC pads are biodegradable and good for the environment. How to Use: Stick the pad in your underwear using the sticky strip on the back. Some reusable pads are held in place with snaps or elastic in your underwear. Change your pad every few hours, or when it's soaked with blood. Wrap used pads in the wrapper or toilet paper and throw them in the trash. Flushing used pads or wrappers down the toilet will clog it up. SIZE: 1 piece, Large (Also available in Small) Benefits / Features of using the product: Ultra-Soft Chemical Free Biodegradable Individual Wrapping Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company
  • Large Menstrual Cup - Made of Medical Grade Silicone, Rash free, No Leakage, FDA Approved| The Woman’s Company Large Menstrual Cup - Made of Medical Grade Silicone, Rash free, No Leakage, FDA Approved| The Woman’s Company ₹550.00
    Product Description: Wishing for a pad-free period? Well the The Woman's Company Menstrual Cup is the answer. Our FDA approved menstrual cups are made of 100% medical grade silicone making it soft and flexible and easy to use. It does not use any chemicals hence is gentle on the skin and keeps you free of itchiness and rashes during your periods. It lasts for upto 10 years saving you money the hassle of disposing pads every month- Good for you and the environment. It is leakproof and does not hinder your daily routine. How to Use: This soft and flexible menstural cup is easy to insert and remove anddoesnt need to be removed during peeing. In between changing just remove the cup,empty out the blood, wash it with water and reinsert SIZE: 1 piece, Large (Also available in Small) Benefits / Features of using the product: Skin Friendly Eco Friendly Pocket Friendly Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company
  • Organic Cotton Panty Liners| The Woman’s Company | Pack of 30 | Rash Free and Biodegradable Organic Cotton Panty Liners| The Woman’s Company | Pack of 30 | Rash Free and Biodegradable ₹249.00
    Product Description: Organic Cotton Panty Liners Avoid that moisture in your panty which invites in bacteria and UTIs and use a pantyliner! Ideal for that spotting with an oncoming period, or in your last days. Also works as an extra layer of extra protection over a menstrual cup or tampon. no chemicals or dioxin used, made of certified 100% organic cotton suitable for everyday use. How to Use: Panty Liners are similar to sanitary napkins albeit thinner they can be used on a daily basis to avoid extra discharges. Remove the paper from the back Place it on your panty Enjoy a carefree day Benefits / Features of using the product: Skin-friendly Rash free Ultra-soft Country of Origin: India Brand Name: The Woman's Company

Organic tampons may help

If normal tampons cause irritation down there, you may want to turn to organic ones instead. What’s the difference, you ask? While normal tampons consist of chemicals such as chlorine and dioxins, which are used in the bleaching process, organic tampons are absolutely chemical-free and can cause less irritation when inserted. If the irritation persists, it is recommended to use alternate menstrual hygiene products that avoid insertion such as pads or period panties.

 

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