4 Menstruation And Period FAQs
Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you know everything about menstruation by default.
Even the most enlightened girl cannot be too sure about her period.
Questions are bound to pop.
Gynecologists would likely field them with ease.
Here are four you might ask:
1. Why is my cycle irregular?
Or do you really have an irregular cycle? It is imperative that you learn how to distinguish between an irregular and a regular cycle.
A regular cycle posits that the time span between the onset of bleeding and the next period runs anywhere from 25 to 35 days. Gynecologists would assure you are not irregular just because you don’t have your period on the same day each month.
Then again, some women do have irregular periods. Chalk it up to irregular ovulation, for the most part. You could also factor in stress, illness, weight loss, weight gain, eating disorders, excessive or high-intensity exercise, and hormonal changes. Or you may have missed your period for the plain and simple reason that you’re pregnant.
If you’re one of those women who tend to forget their last period, record it on a menstruation calendar or any organizer. Track when your period begins and ends every month.
Ask your doctor if your period doesn’t get back in your next cycle.
2. What causes PMS?
PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, happens because the week before menstruation comes with rapid hormonal changes. Around 10 days leading to the first day of bleeding, the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body are thrown for a loop.
Subsequently, you would get telltale PMS symptoms such as moodiness, headaches, breast tenderness, fatigue and bloating. As much as 90 percent of females have such symptoms prior to the period. Twenty percent, meanwhile, have severe PMS symptoms, in that these hamper their daily activities.
Gynecologists would likely treat PMS per symptom. For example, they would likely prescribe calcium supplements for mood swings or alternatively, antidepressants (in low dosage). As for patients with severe premenstrual symptoms, gynecologists may prescribe birth control pills, if only to relieve the discomfort.
During your PMS, whether it is severe or not, try to keep a healthy lifestyle. If you can, get up and exercise daily. Drink plenty of water while you’re at it. Also, have something to munch on every now and then, but avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2005, taking vitamin D and calcium in high doses seem to prevent PMS from arising. Researchers discovered that the risk for PMS is markedly high in respondents who do not follow their recommended daily servings of fortified orange juice and low-fat milk.
3. Is it possible to be knocked up during menstruation?
Rest assured this is not always the case. But first, you must be certain if your bleeding represents a period.
Sometimes, women consider bleeding as a period when in truth, it actually is spotting. During spotting, women are ovulating; you can get pregnant during this time.
In another uncommon instance, you could also get pregnant if you have sex at the tail-end of your period. This happens when your period has already stopped, yet you ovulate days later with the sperms still in you.
In general, a flow does not mean you are not carrying someone in you. If you have doubts about your period, better get a pregnancy test or visit your doctor. What you think may be a period could really be bleeding during pregnancy’s early stages.
4. What happens if I leave tampons for so long?
People would say you’re at risk for toxic shock syndrome or TSS if that happens, but this condition is a rarity. In America, only one out of 100,000 women suffers from TSS every year, says the Centers for Disease Control. Scores of gynecologists also claim they have only read about TSS in medical books.
But TSS was widely read about once. In 1980, a TSS epidemic took hold of buyers of a certain brand of extremely absorbent tampons. The product has since been yanked off stores.
TSS occurs when bacteria releases toxins into the body. It is tipped off by fever, diarrhea, convulsions, vomiting, nausea, body pains and rashes. At its worst, TSS is fatal.
Now bacteria may thrive in absorbent tampons left too long. But it would not always raise your risk of getting toxic shock. To be safe, just follow the instructions on the tampon packaging. Usually manufacturers tell consumers to change tampons every 4-8 hours.