What is the one thing that everyone with a vagina can relate to? Periods. More specifically, how terrible periods can be. They always come at the worst time, like before a big test, or right when you are going on a fun vacation, and they ruin everything for about five to seven days. The only positive thing we can take away from it is that we can all suffer together. And, as if getting your period wasn’t awful enough, there are a ton of pretty effing weird side effects that come with it.
Yes, there is the bleeding and the cramps (fun!) but there are also the side effects that not many people talk about. It’s important that we talk about them so that you get more familiar with what’s going on with your body every 28 days. If you always get canker sores before your period, it’s not that you are unhygienic, it’s because of your hormonal changes. In a way, it can be relieving to know that all of these weird things are actually normal. Still, even though they are technically normal, it doesn’t mean they aren’t annoying. I’m sure we all know how awful periods are, and these side effects don’t make it any easier. But, you should still be aware of the weird things that happen. So, take a look at these weird side effects of your period so that you can be a little more aware of what’s going on with your body.
Your Voice Can Sound DifferentAccording to a 2012 study, men were able to tell when women were on their period by the sound of their voice. Surprisingly, cells from the larynx and vagina are very similar. This can make you voice sound different throughout different times of the month. Image Source: Getty
Cramps Can Make You Feel StupidNot only are they suuuuper annoying, cramps can interfere with your ability to process and retain information. It also makes it harder to focus and multitask, which is why going to work or being at school while you're on your period totally sucks! Image Source: Getty
You Get Canker SoresCanker sores might be the only thing more annoying than cramps, and they can happen at the same time, unfortunately. When you get your period, your body has a rise in progesterone, which is linked to canker sores and other annoying mouth conditions. The only way to prevent this is to keep your mouth clean AF right before your period- and always! Image Source: Getty
It Can Affect How You Experience PainStory time: one time, I was at the dentist, and I started complaining to my dentist that it was painful. She asked if I was on my period, and I was like "uh..yeah?" Supposedly, being on your period can make you more sensitive to pain, even if you don't have cramps or other painful side effects. Weird, right? Just goes to show how strong people with vaginas are! Image Source: Getty
You Might Feel A Little ClumsyYes, I know we are all clumsy in our own way, but your period can actually make you significantly more clumsy than normal. This is because your high estrogen levels can trigger hormones that cause fluid retention in your brain, making it harder for you to keep your balance when you're on your period. Yikes! Just be a little cautious when it's your time of the month. Image Source: Getty
You Crave SugarThis is pretty well-known, but the weird part is that nobody is quite sure why our bodies crave sugar so much when we are on out period. But, you're supposed to try your best to avoid those cravings, or else it might make you feel worse. Image Source: Getty
You Have Flu-Like SymptomsAs if the cramps weren't bad enough, some girls experience flu-like symptoms right before and during their period. This includes nausea, diarrhea, and even vomiting. Fortunately, it is pretty rare, but it does occur for some girls. BUT, if you experience a fever along with a period, you need to call your doctor right away. Image Source: Getty
Do you ever have these side effects? Tell us in the comments!