Girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. Anyone else feel like that is the extent of what we learned in school about our bodies? I remember sitting in a room with all the other girls in my grade while we gathered to watch a super uncomfortable video in the dark on a box tv on wheels describing how to use tampons and pads and then being given a goodie bag with scented Tampax. This explains why in my practice today I see numerous women in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond with the extent of their mensural cycle knowledge being that they bleed once a month. They don’t know when they are ovulating, the importance of it or how to even check for it. Nor do they think anything about their hormonal symptoms of PMS, breast tenderness, why they are not having a period at all, fibroids, heavy periods, cysts and some have even had unnecessary hysterectomies or are put on unnecessary hormone replacement therapy all due to being uneducated in the first place. Some have suppressed their hormones and haven’t had a real period or cycle for so long without birth control that they have to learn at the age of 30 how to track their cycle and ovulation to prevent pregnancy or for some to get pregnant! Ladies, if this is something you are concerned about, you can not get pregnant all month long, there is a very small window every month that you are fertile! No shame. Before I did this for a living I too was in your shoes. But girlfriend, it’s time to finally learn the basics of your menstrual cycle! The most empowering thing we can do as women is learn about our cycles, it is a vital sign after all and a clue into what’s going on internally. Swipe right and share with the other menstruators in your life! 👉🏻
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