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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is it True?...

-that a woman's hormones shift every seven years?

According to a study, women's hormones are always shifting because ovarian reserve (the remaining egg supply) gets lower and lower as we get older. So, there's no timetable for hormones shifting only every 7 years.
The number of eggs in women's ovaries in turn affects hormone levels, like, as the eggs shrink, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, which help prompt ovulation-go up. This can cause periods to go out of whack.

-that women who live together often get their periods the same time?
The answer is yes!...and it has to do with pheromones, odorless chemicals that women produce and release. A theory says that our bodies detect and respond to the pheromones of women around us, thus, this creates a synchronicity of menstrual cycles. It's primitively strange, but true!

-that you can't get pregnant during your period?
It's unlikely but not totally impossible. In rare instances, sperm can wait for an egg for up to a week. If you have a very short or long cycle, ovulation can happen soon after or even during the bleeding phase, which can give sperms the chance to get lucky.

-that it's not safe to take the pill without the break?
Not true! If you're having your period regularly and you don't want to, it's okay to skip ti by taking the pill continously (no 7-day gaps). The pill contains progesterone-like hormones which prevents the growth of the uterine lining, so there's no build up and no lining to be shed, the reason why you don't get a period.
The danger is if the lining of your uterus builds up and doesn't shed, since this can make you at risk for a build up of precancerous cells. So, if you're not getting periods and you're not on the pill, menstruation should be induced at least every 3 months.

-that men can get PMS?
No, because they have their own hormonal rythms, but not monthly. Their hormones don't fluctuate until they start to lose testosterone in their 60's

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