When talking about periods, we can’t be certain about anything except the fact that they are fond of surprise visits and spoiling our favorite underwear. Many girls are unprepared and can even get scared of their first period. And even many adult women feel embarrassed to talk about some menstrual issues. Stay tuned if you want to know answers to these five menstrual questions you were too shy to ask your gynecologist.
1. Is heavy blood flow normal or is something wrong?
You are the only person in the world who knows your body best. Did you notice that your flow is heavier than usual? In case you have to refuse going out or need thousands of pads and tampons, it is better to make an appointment with your gynecologist. One of the possible remedies is to start taking birth control or switch up your usual pills. Uterine fibroids are one of the possible causes of a heavy flow. There is a procedure called a myomectomy that helps to get rid of fibroids and reduce bleeding without removing your uterus.
2. Why are my periods smelly?
Your periods themselves are not smelly. But when your blood gets exposed to the air and meets with bacteria, they produce vital products that don’t have a pleasant aroma. And when the blood builds up, the smell intensifies. Your best defense against stench is to frequently change your tampon or pad and rinse down there with plain water and odor-free soap. A warm shower is a very good idea, but stay away from very harsh soaps or douching that can irritate your vagina.
3. What to do if I have large blood clots?
In most cases, these strange pieces of blood look scarier than anything else. As a rule, they are accompanied by painful periods and mean that your blood flows too quickly. Anticoagulants in the body are not able to keep up and a thick, bizarre ball comes out. Let’s talk about what size of these clots is considered to be too large. Anything the size of grapes or cherries is not necessarily relevant, but if your clots are the size of a peach or plum, talk with your doctor to find a treatment method that can help you to get rid of them. The doctor may also want to test you for anemia because you are losing a significant amount of blood.
4. Is it okay to have two periods a month?
There are a lot of reasons why you may have an irregular cycle. It might be stress or health problems like PCOS, thyroid disorder, diabetes, obesity, or uterine fibroids. If you had two periods a month only once, you shouldn’t worry. However, if this condition repeats for three or more months in a row, it is better to consult with your gynecologist. You may also need to have a blood test or an ultrasound to find out why you doubled your blood flow.
5. Can I get pregnant if I had sex during menstruation?
It sounds a little odd, but you can actually get pregnant during your period. Sometimes a woman can have abnormal menstruation when the blood flow stars while you are in the phase of ovulation where you can still get pregnant. In addition to this, some sperms can stay alive for up to 72 hours in the vagina. So even if you had no ovulation when you had sex, they can probably find an egg in the next few days when the hormonal tides shift.