Sometimes — okay, a lot of the time — it can be *tough* to love your period. The cramps, the mood swings, the weird poop patterns… the list goes on. Despite these menstrual struggles, periods are actually quite magical and incredible when you see everything they can do! Here are a few of our favourite reasons to start loving your period:
1. Gives a sign of your body’s health 👩⚕️
Through the variety of type, color and textures, you can learn quite a bit about your body’s health from your period blood. Are you getting enough nutrients? Are you exercising too much? Is your period blood taking a bit longer to expel from our uterus? By using a period tracker, you can stay on top of any shifts from the period patterns normal to you.
2. Connects you to the natural rhythm of your body ⏰
The menstrual cycle is more than your period — it’s a roughly 28 day cycle with fluctuating hormone levels that impacts your skin, nutritional needs, and more. By tapping into and connecting with this natural rhythm of your body, you can craft the perfect skincare routine and munch on food that enhances your health.
3. Gives you the secret passcode to girl talk 🤫
Periods can feel like part of the passcode to a secret club — they help bring people who’ve shared the experience together. You feel solidarity through the discomfort, and you can always trust other menstruators to help you when you’re in need of a tampon or pad the most. Periods can also act as a great ice breaker for new girlfriends*. When you start talking about them and sharing stories of period pains, you instantly feel closer.
*not all women have periods and not everyone with a period is a woman.
4. Acts as a free pregnancy test 🐣
The main job of a period is to tell you that you aren’t pregnant. Honestly, it’s pretty cool that our uteruses have their own communication style to let you know… even if she can be a bit sassy and messy at times.
5. Reminds you of your strength 💪🏽
Period cramps are no joke. In fact, a new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals how disruptive period pain can be — finally adding a level of scientific legitimacy to what women already knew. The flip side of the pain from periods is the monthly reminder of how strong your body and mind are. If you can handle this, you can handle so much more!*
*A little reminder that period cramps are normal, but extremely painful pains could be a sign of a deeper problem, such as PCOS or endometriosis. Please see a doctor if you feel anything is off! You do not have to suffer.
6. Gives you an excuse to rest and binge on Netflix 📺
Periods can be tiring as your body focuses its energy on expelling the uterus lining. It’s a good time to purposefully slow down and rest — and also the perfect excuse to binge on that new Netflix show everyone keeps talking about.
7. Makes workouts a bit easier 🏋️♀️
We know what you’re thinking: “That can’t be true! Exercising is the last thing I want to do on my period.” But it is! New research has found that we have a higher pain threshold and a faster recovery period during our periods. It’s also widely accepted by scientists that exercise helps relieve period pains and discomfort.
As an extra bonus, you can also burn more calories while exercising on your period than when you’re not.
8. Helps you to become more eco-conscious 🌳
With your menstrual cycle, you have a monthly opportunity to be more eco-conscious by opting for organic, plastic-free tampons and pads (just like ours 😉). Switching period products also helps start the eco-ripple effect of incorporating more eco-habits into your daily life — a win, win for your health and our planet’s health!
9. Can make sex better 🔥
Period sex is messy. But with the extra lubrication and easy gliding, it can also be more fun. Check out everything you should know about period sex in our blog.
Who knew there were so many reasons to be thankful for our vaginas and our monthly periods? If we missed any reasons why you love your period, let us know in the comments below.