It is very sad that until date a good number of women around the world are still experiencing uneasiness and shame when it comes to their natural physiology, and the topic of menstruation is still a taboo to them.
It is our duty as women to uplift and educate each other on various changes that happen in our bodies. Surely, we are unique creatures and it is our duty too to take care of ourselves.
Every single day our body goes through changes. This begins from birth until our last breath. It is so unfortunate that most of our parents do not take charge to explain these details instead they expect us to learn on our own. Thanks to technology for the wonderful outreach, gradually the topic will be household topic.
The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman’s body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. Each month, one of the ovaries releases an egg – a process called ovulation. At the same time, hormonal changes prepares the uterus for pregnancy.
Women around the world have created different nicknames for menstruation. The names are different depending on location. Names such as crimson wave, woman time, aunt flow, shark week, bloody mary, red army are at the top of this funny list.
I would wish to dispel the myth about menstruation. There is no such thing as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
PMS is a real condition with emotional and physical symptoms that usually precede your period by a week or two. This syndrome is the result of hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle.
While PMS varies from woman to woman, symptoms may include nausea, headache, acne, fatigue, diarrhoea, tender breast, bloating, backache, body pain, irritability, mood swings and anxiety. However, the symptoms may not be for every woman some experience none of the above.
A follicle in your body. What is it?
The eggs in women’s ovaries are stored in pockets or bags called follicles.
During puberty, the hormonal level changes and the follicles get an opportunity to grow, but they still stay in the ‘sleep’ condition.
During the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (i.e. the time frame from the first day of menstruation to ovulation), multiple follicles in the ovaries simultaneously and rapidly develop.
But as rule, only one of them becomes dominant. It grows bigger than the rest, it becomes bigger than the rest, and is ready to burst and release an egg (to ovulate). The remaining follicles stop growing and degrade.
At a certain stage of development, the follicles become visible via folliculometry, an ultrasound investigation that doctors use to detect ovulation.
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