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Yes, surprisingly your period has benefits. All those sleepless nights because of terrible menstrual cramps and migraines have finally paid off – your period has essential benefits that can be good for your health.
Menstruation should be considered a wonderful thing in a woman’s life. While some women have the option to somehow end or prevent getting their period by taking birth control pills and other methods, having your menstrual cycle actually does more good than bad.
Here are five surprising yet interesting benefits of your having your period:
- Your menstruation can warn you about your future diseases
Women are very observant when it comes to their body. The menstrual blood’s color, length and odor can offer hints of your medical condition.
Some women experience having heavy menstrual flow or having no period at all for a long time which indicates that there is something wrong with your body, helping you be aware of such changes.
Your cycle stops when you have a heart disease, diabetes or other reproductive health related problems. You’re lucky, being a woman helps you become more conscious of your health.
And it’s not just preventative – that time of the month reveals tons of stuff about how your body is functioning, and if there’s anything you can do to help it out. For instance, being overweight, underweight or under extreme stress might prevent your period from arriving at all – or, if you do get it regularly, it’s thought to be a sign that key areas like your hormones and thyroid are functioning as they should.
2. Your period can make you beautiful
Don’t forget to say thank you to your hormones. During your first day, your estrogen level is very low. Most girls who bleed on the first day of their period tend to be depressed, sad and emotional.
However, after a few days, the estrogen level is high, releasing endorphins that can make you feel alert, happy and in the mood. You feel active that you can almost do anything.
The rise of your body’s estrogen level makes you feel more attractive and feminine because it suppresses your stress hormones since your estrogen influences how your brain controls emotions.
Your face will surely glow and your skin will look soft and smooth. Expect your pimples to be gone.
3. Your period helps you enjoy a different level of sexual experience
While some men avoid having sex while their partners are on their period, there are still guys out there who are very much interested to try and do it just like any other regular days.
Actually, according to doctors, sex while on period is medically okay. When a woman is menstruating, her libido is much more enhanced.
Getting your period helps you achieve orgasms too because while menstruating, your genital area is tender and sensitive.
4. Your period naturally cleanses you
Healthy detox and cleansing drinks are becoming popular these days. Lucky for you, being a woman who body without taking something in.
Menstruation itself is a natural cleanser. Your cycle is your body’s own way of cleansing and flushing out toxins naturally.
During your period, your body discharges excess iron. Flushing out excess iron helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Yet taking iron supplement is still very helpful especially for women who experience dizziness while menstruating.
5. Your period helps you live longer
Your period slows down your aging process. Whenever you are menstruating, your body discharges iron, one of the major reasons why your period makes you young and why most women have a longer lifespan than men.
Based on studies by longevity experts, iron loss can help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The secret to longevity is somehow related to your gender too. Getting your period is not such a bad thing after all.
Some benefits might lack scientific evidence yet getting your menstruation is a natural thing in a woman’s life.
Your body recognizes it as a part of its routine. Look at the bright side and love womanhood.
What your menstrual period can tell you:
- Know when your hormones are in or out of balance
- Learn about your bones, thyroid, and metabolic health
- Identify your best days for sexual arousal and enjoyment
- Leverage increased energy for exercise and fitness
- Inform your health decisions
- Create emotional wellness
A woman’s periods, or irregular periods, are often the first area to show signs of disrupted signaling along these pathways, with implications that are felt throughout the body. For example:
- Hormonal imbalance.Regular menstruation tells you that your body is in homeostasis, making appropriate levels of sex hormones optimal for reproduction. When these hormones are in balance, you feel great, are energetic, sleep well, and take interest in sex. When you’re under constant stress, your hormones become out of balance, and an irregular period is one of its first ways of asking for help.
- Bone health.The natural balance between the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone helps ensure both healthy periods and healthy bone turnover. And so, does balance between other important hormones, including insulin, thyroid, parathyroid, and stress hormones. In fact, your bones are an endocrine, or hormone-generating organ. If the balance is disrupted, your periods may become irregular — providing a useful clue that bone build-up may not be keeping pace with bone breakdown.
- Thyroid function.Centrally located between the brain and rest of the body, the thyroid acts like a “transfer station,” controlling the rate of function for every cell and gland in the body, including growth, repair, and metabolism. When your thyroid is underactive or low functioning, it can lead to fatigue, weight gain, depression, high cholesterol, and other symptoms. If your thyroid is healthy and doing its part, your periods are much more likely to be regular.
- Healthy weight maintenance.Fat, particularly adipose tissue around the waist, also acts like an endocrine organ, creating estrogen (as well as leptin, a hormone that helps regulate energy intake and expenditure, including appetite). Estrogen dominance and insulin resistance are both types of hormonal imbalance associated with extra body weight and menstrual irregularities. Also, being underweight as a result of stringent dieting, overtraining, or other extreme physical or emotional stress, can also cause menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea (lack of periods).
- Adrenal function.When we are under stress, regardless of the source (danger, personal relationships, work, environment), there is increased activity along the axis between the brain and adrenal glands, to generate stress hormones such as cortisol that help us respond to a threat. Cortisol indirectly affects the balance between sex hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. As a result, many women will skip or have irregular periods or suffer from PMS when they’re under stress — which can be reduced by supporting our adrenals.