Category Archives: Research

Most Effective Treatments for Menstrual Pain

Painful menstruation is the leading cause of lost time from school and work among women in their teens and 20s. “Dysmenorrhea” (the medical term for pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities) affects about 25% of women, and about 65-90% … Continue reading

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Sleep Pattern in People with Menstrual Pain

My menstrual cramps often wake me up in the early hours of the morning when I am trying to sleep. Apparently REM sleep is associated with increased uterine activity – menstrual cramps may be stronger and more painful during REM … Continue reading

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Menstrual Cycle Synchrony (myth or fact?)

On January 1, 2011 I did a post on Menstrual Cycle Synchrony, which refers to a process whereby the menstrual cycle onsets of two or more women apparently become closer together over time after those women start to live/work in close proximity to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Cervix

The Beautiful Cervix Project is, “a grassroots movement celebrating the beauty and intricacies of women’s bodies and fertility.”It is a website run by a midwife who has  photographed the different stages of a woman’s cervix during her cycle. I think it is an impressive … Continue reading

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Menstruation Facts

Average age of menarche (first period)? 12.43 years old in the USA. (In Europe the average age of menarche has decreased rapidly from 17 in 1850 to 13 in 1970. It has stayed relatively stable since then). Average amount of blood … Continue reading

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Menstrual Cycle Synchrony

When I first got my period I remember my mother being surprised that my period hadn’t come at the same time as hers. I am very close to my mother, so for some reason she expected this to happen (my … Continue reading

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Menstruation can increase seizures

A study has found that menstruation can increase an epileptic woman’s risk of having a seizure. The study looked at 69 epileptic women, and found that 2/3rds of them had seizures that were connected with their menstrual cycle (although there were … Continue reading

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Do girls have to reach a certain weight before they begin menstruating?

When I was young, I heard somewhere that girls tended to begin menstruating when they reached 45kg in weight. I reached 45kg in weight when I was 13 3/4 and I began menstruating at that age, so for me at least … Continue reading

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Menstrual Cycle & Athletic Performance

Do female athletes perform better or worse than usual when they are menstruating? Many studies have tried to answer this question, but they all seem to return very contradictory results – therefore, it is likely that athletic ability is not in fact influenced by menstruation … Continue reading

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Fat-burning and Menstruation

According to research, exercising in the second half of your menstrual cycle (after ovulation) is a more effective way to burn fat than exercising in the first half  of your cycle. An Australian research team, led by Leanne Redman, instructed a group of healthy young women with … Continue reading

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