Every­thing you need to know about periods

What hap­pens when I have my period? Is my period nor­mal? What helps with men­strual prob­lems? Are you look­ing for infor­ma­tion and answers about your period or men­strual cycle? Then you’ve come to the right place! Wel­come to the Vul­vani guide for your period. Here you will find our col­lec­tive knowl­edge and all the impor­tant facts related to men­stru­a­tion. We cover health, bio­log­i­cal and social issues related to your period and men­strual cycle. You don’t know where to start? Then maybe our overview with all our already pub­lished blog arti­cles, sorted by topic, will help you. In the Mag­a­zine you will also find all the arti­cles in chrono­log­i­cal order. Enjoy read­ing and brows­ing the website!

Books & games

Con­tra­cep­tion & Sex

Cycle

Diver­sity

Endometrio­sis

Fibroids

First period

Free Bleed­ing

Men­stru­a­tion Around the World (Inter­views)

Men­strual art

Men­strual cup

Men­strual taboo

Par­ent­hood

Period glos­sary

Period pain

Period poverty

Period under­wear

Peri­ods at work

Preg­nancy

Research

Spe­cial days

Tam­pon tax

Vagin­ism

Vulva

Yoga

Zero waste menstruation

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Your 10 most impor­tant ques­tions about peri­ods answered

1. How do I know that I will get my period soon?

Puberty often begins with slight phys­i­cal changes, such as the growth of breasts or vulva hair. The hor­monal changes in the body indi­cate the your first period far in advance. A reli­able sign is the vagi­nal dis­charge, which occurs about a year before. Shortly before the first period begins, phys­i­cal symp­toms such as abdom­i­nal pain or breast ten­der­ness may occur.

2. What hap­pens when I have my period?

Dur­ing men­stru­a­tion, the monthly build-up of the uter­ine lin­ing is removed again. Peri­ods are the monthly excre­tion of blood and mucous mem­brane tis­sue that has built up in the uterus dur­ing the men­strual cycle. The men­strual blood flows through the small open­ing in the cervix and out of the uterus through the vagina.

3. How long do peri­ods usu­ally last?

Peri­ods last on aver­age about five days. Every­thing between three and seven days is nor­mal. The length of your peri­ods is also influ­enced by var­i­ous fac­tors, such as hor­mones, stress or age. Some­times before or after your peri­ods there will be a lit­tle spot­ting, but this is not part of men­stru­a­tion itself.

4. Can I loose too much blood dur­ing my period?

Peri­ods that are too heavy are called hyper­me­n­or­rhea. They are char­ac­ter­ized by greater blood loss. This is the case when the bleed­ing per period is more than 80ml. If too much blood is lost dur­ing men­stru­a­tion, this can lead to iron deficiency.

5. How much time is there between one period and the next?

Men­strual cycles that last less than 24 or more than 35 days are called irreg­u­lar cycles. Every­thing in between is nor­mal. It can nor­mal for your bleed­ing to be irreg­u­lar, espe­cially if your peri­ods have just started or before menopause.

6. What is the first day of the men­strual cycle?

The first day of your monthly bleed­ing is the begin­ning of a new men­strual cycle. The first phase of the cycle is called men­stru­a­tion. It is, like win­ter, a rather quiet, slow time that invites you to reflect. This time of bleed­ing is ideal for rest­ing, plan­ning and mak­ing decisions.

7. What can I do to relieve men­strual pain?

Men­strual cramps often last only for a few days and should not hin­der your every­day life. To relieve period prob­lems, anti-inflam­ma­tory foods are espe­cially impor­tant. Rest, warmth and light move­ment can also have a pos­i­tive influ­ence on your period pain.

8. How many tam­pons and pads will I use in my life? 

Over the course of their lives, each men­stru­at­ing per­son uses an aver­age of about 14,000 dis­pos­able tam­pons and pads. In Ger­many, all men­stru­at­ing peo­ple together pro­duce more than 20,000 tons of waste with dis­pos­able prod­ucts. In terms of quan­tity, this amounts to 170,000 bath­tubs filled with waste.

9. How expen­sive are periods?

In order to cover the basic need for dis­pos­able men­strual prod­ucts, a men­stru­at­ing per­son spends on aver­age about 70.00 € per year. With a total of 450 peri­ods in one’s life, the cost of period prod­ucts is at least €2,700. From a prac­ti­cal point of view, peri­ods are there­fore also a finan­cial chal­lenge. Since the begin­ning of 2020, period prod­ucts are only taxed at the sim­pli­fied tax rate of seven per­cent in Germany.

10. Do ani­mals have peri­ods as well?

Only few (mam­mals) ani­mals have their period like we humans do, because the processes in the body are dif­fer­ent. While many ani­mals recy­cle the built-up endometrium after unsuc­cess­ful fer­til­iza­tion, with humans it is expelled in the form of peri­ods. Dogs, for exam­ple, only have their men­stru­a­tion once a year and rab­bits do not bleed because their ovu­la­tion occurs only after mating.

Cat­e­gory

And if you just feel like wan­der­ing around for a bit, here are short expla­na­tions of the dif­fer­ent cate­ge­ories in our Peri­od­ico. By click­ing on the cor­re­spond­ing info texts you will be for­warded directly to the requested category.

Health

Health and ill­ness are very close to each other. That is why we will talk to you about con­di­tions, such as endometrio­sis or vagin­is­mus. But we will also give you tips for when you are hav­ing men­strual cramps.

Period Infor­ma­tion

Here we will be answer­ing all of your ques­tions about peri­ods. In our arti­cles we cover every­thing from your first period to ‘Is my period nor­mal?’ and the influ­ence of your cycle on your mood. In this cat­e­gory absolutely every­thing is about menstruation.

Soci­ety & News

There is a lot going on in the men­strual world and we are keep­ing you up to date about the lat­est period news and trends.  This cat­e­gory looks at peri­ods from a soci­etal or polit­i­cal per­spec­tive and analy­ses the men­strual taboo.

Period Prod­ucts

You have always won­dered what kind of men­strual prod­ucts are actu­ally avail­able? Let us intro­duce you to var­i­ous sus­tain­able period prod­ucts and explain you every­thing about men­strual cups, period under­wear or free bleeding.

Men­stru­a­tion Around the World

Men­stru­a­tion around the world’ is our series of insight­ful inter­views that try to show the vari­ety of men­strual expe­ri­ences around the world. How do dif­fer­ent peo­ple expe­ri­ence their period? How do dif­fer­ent cul­tures deal with the topic? Which prod­ucts are used dur­ing men­stru­a­tion? These are all ques­tions that we are ask­ing our­selves and that we would like to ask many more peo­ple. We por­tray peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries with their per­sonal stories.

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