7 Of Your Most Embarrassing Period Questions, Answered

At this this point in your life, chances are good that you have realized that being a human person who lives in a body can be a challenging endeavor. Having sex? That’s tough. Not having sex? That’s also hard! Trying to maintain a complication-free relationship with another human being? Extremely challenging!

You know what’s really tough? Being a human person who has a period. Having a period shouldn’t be hard or challenging or embarrassing, but, if you’ve ever had one (or haven’t had one, but feel like you should), you’ll know that it can be all of those things. And then some. And, of course, due to the nature of periods, you probably have a lot of questions about periods that you…might not feel comfortable asking out loud, exactly. So, check out some of your most embarrassing period questions, answered here:


Does Wearing A Tampon Mean I'm Not A Virgin Anymore?

A lot of girls think that using tampons will hurt, not work, or take their virginity by using them before they have sex. It's normal to have this concern (inserting something into your vagina for the first time can be scary, no matter what it is) but it's important to know that this is not true at all. A tampon is much smaller than, say, a penis or dildo might be, so you really won't feel it at all when you put it in, so using a tampon is not the equivalent of having sex. If you're nervous about using a tampon for the first time, get one that's specifically designed for a light flow or first period (LOLA has a really good first period kit that comes with pads and extra-slim tampons) rather than, like, a super tampon. This will make using tampons much less intimidating.

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Am I The Only One Who Has To Poop A Lot When I'm On My Period?

Nope! Definitely not. As embarrassing as it might feel, a lot of people experience some, uh, extra activity in their bowels when they're menstruating. This is because your body releases hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins during your first few days of your period, which make your uterus contract and feel crampy. And, since your uterus is close to your bowel, the prostaglandins can also cause contraction there, which will make you need to go.

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What If I Have To Poop Less?

This is also normal! If you find that you don't poop as much when you're on your period, it's likely due to the fact that your body doesn't produce that many prostoglandins. (Which might also might you less prone to period cramps.) To deal with this, try to eat fiber-rich food, get some probiotics (either in the form of a supplement or fermented food like kimchi or yogurt), and drink lots of water.

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Am I The Only One Who Feels, Uh, Horny On My Period?

Nope! Lots of women say they experience increased feelings of arousal during their period. The answer as to why this happens is a little trickier because, statistically, there's no solid answer for this. (And, for what it's worth, lots of women experience a drop in their libido during their period, too.) If you go through a change in your sexual desire while you're menstruating, the easiest explanation is that your hormones that control arousal can peak while you're on your period. Plus, some people find that orgasms can help ease their period pains, so, if you're in the mood to masturbate or have sex, you should go for it.

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If I Have Sex On My Period, That Means I Won't Get Pregnant, Right?

Um, no. Not right. Your chances of getting pregnant on your period are pretty low, but you can't totally rule it out. First of all, you could have some irregular bleeding (most people do, from time to time), so you could still be fertile even when you think you're on your period. Plus, sperm can live in the vagina for up to five days , which could lead to pregnancy even if you don't have sex when you're technically fertile. Besides, even if pregnancy weren't an issue (which, you know, it very much is), having unprotected sex means you're more vulnerable to STIs. So, please, always use a condom when you're having sex, whether you're on your period or not.

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Why Are There Chunks In My Period Blood?

If you get clots (AKA thick, darker-colored blobs in your period blood), it's almost certainly nothing to worry about. When you're on your period, your body releases anticoagulants, which is a chemical that helps reduce blood clots. But pretty much everyone experiences clots in some form anyway--particularly during the first few days of a period--because the anticoagulants sometimes can't keep up with the blood flow. If you notice that your clots are super big (like, larger than a quarter), you should visit a doctor, but for the most part, clots are totally normal.

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I Feel Like I'm Bleeding Too Much. Am I?

Sometimes, being on your period and realizing that blood and your uterine lining are literally coming out of your vagina can be a little scary. Particularly if you're having a heavy flow day. But, in all likelihood, you just feel like you're bleeding more than you actually are. Most women lose between 8 and 14 teaspoons of blood over the course of a period, which averages out to about 2.5 teaspoons per day. Of course, it's unlikely that you're going to collect your menstrual blood with, like, a measuring cup or something--so, just pay attention to how quickly you're going through your menstrual products. If you're consistently bleeding through maxi pads and super tampons in a matter of hours, you might want to see a doctor. Otherwise, you're probably fine.

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Do you have any other embarrassing period questions? What are they? Let us know in the comments!

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