Periods are a Good Thing: Why They Happen
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.
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.
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
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
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