Menstruation isn’t just a below-the-belt eventmavo/Shutterstock
Anyone who thinks your period only happens “down there” is missing a big part of the picture. “The menstrual cycle is dictated by hormones that are produced both in the brain and within the ovaries,” says Julia Cron, MD, Section Chair for Connecticut American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. “Hormones circulate through one’s entire body, and there are hormone receptors in many parts of one’s body, so it follows that the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle affect many different systems.” PMS, too, can be a bear, but it doesn’t have to be, thanks to these 11 easy tricks that ease your PMS misery.
Faux menopause symptomsPimonpim w/Shutterstock
Just before menstruation, low estrogen levels could cause symptoms that add up to menopause-ish sensations. “Right before their period women sometimes say, ‘Oh I have hot flashes,’ ‘I have headaches,’ ‘I can’t sleep,’ just like women in their 50s say,” Dr. Cron explains. “And that’s biologically explained by a hypo estrogen state.” Make sure you never make these 13 period mistakes again or else your time of the month will be even worse!