Personal Care Series – Period Care 9 December 2021 – Posted in: General
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
A woman’s body is a wonder. We don’t even know everything about it because there are some things that science still can’t explain. However, we know what the menstrual cycle is and why it happens.
So let’s get right to it. What is period (or menses like some people call it) and why does it happen in only females?
Period is the bleeding that occurs every month from when a girl child hits puberty, for 3 to 5 days, through the vagina. Your menstrual cycle helps the female body prepare for pregnancy. And when you don’t get pregnant, your period (the bleeding) happens. The female body has two ovaries and each ovary holds really tiny eggs. These eggs can’t be seen with the naked eye. The estrogen and progesterone hormones cause the eggs to mature. Then a mature egg is released from one of your ovaries and it travels through one of your Fallopian tubes with your uterus as the final destination. It sits there and waits for the sperm that comes from a man to fertilize it.
While this process is happening, the same hormones have thickened the lining of your uterus (also called womb). This lining is made up of tissue and blood and is spongy. Basically a soft landing pad if your egg does get fertilized by a sperm. The lining also has a lot of nutrients to help a pregnancy grow. You know how you’re expecting a visitor in your home and you lay fresh sheets on the mattress and generally put the house in order in anticipation of the visitor’s arrival. That’s basically what a woman’s body does every month/cycle.
WHY DOES BLEEDING OCCUR?
The bleeding results when the egg doesn’t get fertilized and the uterus sheds the thick lining that it has prepared in anticipation. So the lining breaks down and the tissue, blood and nutrients flow out of your body through the vagina. If you do get pregnant, the lining remains and sustains the pregnancy. This is why your period stops when you’re pregnant and resumes after the pregnancy.
A typical 28 day menstrual cycle presents like this:
Here are a few tips.
1) Bath at least twice a day when on your period. This will ensure that you feel clean and refreshed. Shop for the One Basket liquid black soap *here*
2) Change your panties daily (period or no period, my darlings)
3) Choose a period product that suits your lifestyle and you’re most comfortable in. There are options ranging from pads, period cups, tampons, reusable pads, etc. They come in different sizes, lengths and cater to different types of flow ranging from light to super heavy.
4) Whatever period product you use, please change it regularly. Different products have the recommended hours written on the pack. Typically, across the board, every 5 hours is ideal, depending on how heavy your period is. Sometimes, you might have to try different period products to find what works best for you. Pads, menstrual cups, tampons,etc.
5) Buying and using a hot water bottle can help alleviate the cramps that you (might) feel during your period. Fill with hot water, twist the lid tightly shut, place the hot water bottle on your lower abdomen or back.
6) If you suffer from menstrual cramps, please use a pain relief drug. There are a couple of over the counter drugs that can help.
Side Note: If your pain is constant and unbearable and your periods last too long and flow too heavily, please visit a hospital. A gynecologist is who you need to be speaking to. There are varying reasons why this might be happening.
7) Shave your groin/pubic area every month before your period starts. This will prevent blood and sweat from being trapped in your pubic hair and will ensure you properly clean up after yourself.
I hope this post has been helpful. Do you have any special routine you do before and during your period? What are they? Let us know in the comments below.
Till next time, stay safe and stay out of trouble, my darlings.