What you don’t know about your period

  • Health
  • December 21, 2016

A quick run-through on some really surprising facts about being on your period or “on the rag” as they say.

There’s got to be at least a handful in here that you haven’t heard until now!

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Get this…

  • Menstruating makes you hornier.
  • It’s possible to get pregnant while on your period.
  • The average amount of blood lost during a Time of Month is around three tablespoons.
  • Prehistoric women only menstruated about 50 times over their lifetime in comparison to the modern woman experiencing about 450 periods in a lifetime.
  • In total a woman will spend nearly ten years of her life menstruating.
  • A woman will use 12,000 tampons in her lifetime.
  • In the 1800s, girls didn’t get their first periods until age 16 or 17.
  • You burn more fat when exercising while on your period.
  • It’s commonly believed that a woman’s cycle is determined by the monthly phases of the moon.
  • Frequent sex can lead to more regular cycles.
  • It’s a biological fact that when you’re menstruating you become less attractive to men and when ovulating you’re more attractive.
  • Stress can make a period more or less frequent.
  • Women experience more brutal periods during the winter than the summer months.
  • Science hasn’t yet proven that women who spend lots of time living/working together wind up synchronising their periods.
  • Menstrual discharge contains more than blood.
  • Your period can change your tone of voice.
  • Elephants and humpback whales are the only other mammals that go through menopause like us.
  • Your body mimics pregnancy symptoms in the days leading up to your period.
  • Menstruating can make you think more like a male.
  • In a very rare medical condition – “vicarious menstruation” – women on their period may also harmlessly bleed from their mouth, ears, lungs, nose, eyes, and skin.

This post originally appeared on Thought Catalog.