Being a woman doesn't make you an expert on your body, but the more you know, the better you can control it. After all, knowledge is power. As uncomfortable as you may feel discussing your Aunt Flo's monthly visit, here are a few fascinating facts that will hopefully put you at ease and make talking about this (completely natural) topic less taboo.
Some women not only have more painful periods, but experience more menstrual-linked depression during the winter months, according to WebMD.
2. You'll have about 450 periods in your lifetime
3. And spend about 6.5 years of your life menstruating
On average, your period spans 38 years of your life, but more than six of those could be spent on shark week.
4. Girls are starting their periods younger and younger
Studies in the United States and Europe show that puberty is making an earlier appearance for girls now than it did ten years ago.
5. Synchronizing periods with your roommates is a myth
Science has yet to prove that women's cycles actually do this, but anyone who's had a twin PMS party with their bestie could argue otherwise.
6. Some companies have started providing menstrual leave to their employees
A few British companies, including one called Coexist, allow female employees to take menstrual leave. They make up for the time off, but don't have to have a sick note to take a day off when they have period pain
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