5 Things you didn’t know about your period

5 Things you didn’t know about your period

The menstrual cycle is one of women’s most beautiful and natural processes. Just think about all that goes into it - it’s just amazing!!

We know it’s still a touchy subject, but we believe that the more we talk about it, the more natural and normal the subject will become. 

Much of the work we do at LUNAM, is to find the most sustainable, comfortable and leak-free materials for our panties and work together with the ancestral wisdom to create aromatherapy products that help you connect to your own rhythm and feel free with your moon cycle. 

Here we share 5 things you might not know about your period:

  1. You lose a lot less blood than you think during your period.
    On average, a woman only loses 2.7 ounces of blood during each period (that's about one-and-a-half shot glasses full)... yes we know!!! Sometimes, it feels like we are losing gallons of blood but fortunately that is just the feeling that we have during our period. And of course, that amount of blood varies from person to person, that is why it is important to track and observe your menstrual cycle.

  2. Do Periods Cleanse?
    The idea that periods cleanse or detox the body is rooted in many cultures’ beliefs. Many Native tribes around the world for example believe that periods give women who menstruate the opportunity to let go and/or purify those things that their bodies no longer need each cycle. Other cultures on the other hand believe that periods are unclean and meant to be hidden. While some cultures have neutral beliefs around them, and just treat them as a natural process that happens without any negative or positive charge.

    However, getting a little scientific, according to research from the United States National Institute of Health ‘Menstrual blood is a mixture of mucus lining, blood, uterine tissue, and bacteria, and when examining hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells, present in period blood, researchers found that it was full of antibacterial properties. This could mean that the process of menstruating could help cleanse the body of harmful bacteria that had been introduced by sexual intercourse, toys and even figures.

  3. Menstrual Blood is More Than Just Blood
    Menstrual blood is not just blood but a mixture of blood, uterine lining, and other fluids. The composition of menstrual blood can vary from person to person but the consistency and color of menstrual blood can provide valuable insights into a woman's reproductive and overall health. In other words, your period can help understand your overall health. 

  4. You can still get pregnant on your period
    Yes, you can!. Because sperm can live in the vaginal canal for 5 days, it is possible to have sex while on your period and then ovulate very soon after your period is over. Counting your ovulation day, there are 6 days that make up the fertile window of the menstrual cycle so if you have sex within that window, it is possible to get pregnant.

  5. Orgasms can make your cramps feel better
    While menstrual cramps are a common occurrence, the idea of using orgasms as a remedy may come as a surprise to many women. However, the increased blood flow, release of endorphins, muscle relaxation, and overall sense of well-being that accompany orgasms can contribute to the alleviation of menstrual cramps. 

Here at LUNAM we honor our cycles, our own rhythms. 

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Written by: Catalina Sardi

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