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Added May 30, 2014

Periods are a Good Thing: Why They Happen

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It’s that time of the month again: Your period is on its way. We know your period isn’t something you always look forward to, but having a period is actually a really good thing. It’s a positive sign of general and gynecological health. It means your body is working the way it should. Here’s what’s happening:


• Chemical Messengers

Getting your period means the pituitary gland in your brain is sending chemical messengers to your ovaries at the right time; and when your ovaries get the message, they produce their hormones on schedule.

In order to make and store the hormones, you must have a critical level of cholesterol and body fat. So when you get your period, you know some important things are right on schedule.

• Estrogen

When you have your period, your body is producing adequate amounts of the important hormone estrogen.

Hundreds of cellular functions throughout the body are affected by estrogen. When estrogen levels are too low, women may get menopause-like symptoms: hot flashes, urinary frequency and vaginal dryness.

More importantly, young women need estrogen and other elements during the bone-building phase of their lives. If estrogen levels stay too low for months or years, you may begin to lose bone mass, particularly in your hips and spine.

Estrogen also has many protective effects on your arteries and skin. There is also growing evidence of the benefits estrogen has on the brain.

• Androgens

Periods also tell you that you are producing enough androgens — a hormone primarily used to develop and maintain male characteristics. But it isn’t just for boys! Testosterone, a well-known androgen, is normally produced in females. Too little testosterone can negatively affect bone and muscle strength.



What if my period is irregular?

When you first start menstruating you may have an irregular menstrual pattern. This is normal and there is no need to be alarmed. It may take as long as two years before your period regulates.

If you’ve had your period for a few years and you become irregular, you should talk to your doctor.

Some common causes of irregularity are:
Prolonged intense dieting or very intense exercising
Being ultra lean
Having thyroid or pituitary irregularities

Read this article for more information on irregular periods.


When you have your period, your body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing. It means you are healthy, and that is always a good thing. But if you are on your period and you aren’t feeling well, there are plenty of ways to feel better by exercising, staying hydrated and eating healthy foods.

How will you stay positive about your period? Let us know in the comments below. Do you have more questions about your period? Be sure to register for and ask the BeingGirl Experts.

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Posted July 24, 2014
I'm 14 and my cycle has always being 28 days but last month it was 27 now I don't even know my cycle anymore.Is this bad?
Posted February 17, 2013
so my period has been making me really upset. Its been soooooooooooooooooooo heavy, especially in the mornings, and it gets me in a bad mood for the whole rest of the day. but dont worry. Im staying positive! and i'm getting MUCH MUCH BETTER! Thanks beinggirl <3
Posted February 17, 2013
@loveanything101 do whatever you want! On the second full day of my first, I had a sleepover at a friend's. It was super heavy, but she understood since she'd had it since 6th grade. (we're in 8th grade, I got it almost 2 months ago and I've already had 2) The older you get, the more people will have it and understand. (:
Posted December 15, 2012
I hate mine!!!! I feel I can't have fun!! Plus I feel weird around my special one!!! (crush) how can I have fun when I have my period???
Posted September 20, 2012
just got my period today !
Posted September 10, 2012
i haven't had my period for a long while i have had it twice but it is light
Posted July 24, 2012
i've had my period and wen im on pms, well.....let me just say....i have frequent vists to the bathroom and my room. i dont mean to disgust you guys but i get bloated cramps throw up headaches backaches...ect, you get the idea.periods for me sometimes do not get along! lol. girls....HELP ME!!!
Posted July 16, 2012
My cramps get pretty bad and I do have my period but I just started in late June. I still have a long time before I have a regular period and can expect when I will have PMS and my period. :( I do think I will get my second period soon. When I use the Period Predictor it always says 3 days of PMS and yesterday and the day before I had VERY bad cramps, and had increased appetite, and mood swings. PMS stinks! :(
Posted June 27, 2012
The worst part is PMS. The headaches, moodiness, and cramps are pretty bad for me.
Posted August 04, 2012
I have had my period for just over a year now, and I take it as an excuse to take a long bubble bath, or chill out. I have this code word with my mom and we call it "suprise!", and nobody knows what we mean. LOL
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