Many a period days have seen me Google, “Why do I bleed?” I often wonder what made me so special to have landed on the woman side of the spectrum. Whether you believe in survival of the fittest, chance, or a creator that devised the mechanisms in your body, we know it wasn’t a glitch in the matrix that engineered menstruation. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, getting your period is the fifth vital sign of a healthy woman. So here is why you bleed.
Whether you want a baby, whether you’re engaging in the art of baby-making, or are completely averse to the idea, your body prepares itself. The pituitary gland releases a hormone that causes an egg to release. Along with this, the lining of your uterus grows thicker, almost sponge-like, as it becomes ready for the egg. Your period occurs when the egg is not fertilised. The uterine lining and the tissue start breaking down and come out through your vagina for a few days. It’s like your body was preparing for a guest to come, but the guest was never invited.
Now, of course, you don’t menstruate because you need to be told every month that you’re in perfect health. Changes in your lifestyle, stress levels, and food habits can have a direct effect on your period. So, if you’re getting your period on time, not for too long, not for too little, you’re doing something right.
Your cycle does a lot of other things, but it is unique to you. While some women feel more motivated to work out on their period, some like to indulge in a slab of chocolate (or four). Some women completely deter from period sex, while others especially enjoy it. What is most important is, you are in touch with your cycle and yourself and that you are healthy. You do you, girl!