10 Things Gynaecologists Want You To Know About Your Period


1. Things Gynecologists Want You To Know About Your PerioWhy exactly do my poop habits change around and during my period? —caitlinef.

“I have a scientific answer for that. The uterus makes something called prostaglandins during the period. They are chemicals that are responsible for our menstrual cramps. They squeeze smooth muscles of uterus and intestines, which contracts muscles and changes your bowel habits. Some women are more sensitive to the prostaglandins they make. It also can cause nausea. Some people have sort of a trifecta: diarrhea, nausea, and cramps. The things that can help with prostaglandins are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Aleve, etc.) are NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) — which block the making of more prostaglandins. If you’re getting a lot of cramps, use NSAIDs. The key thing about managing cramps is taking it early. Also, women who take birth control pills make less prostaglandins. When you ovulate, you make more prostaglandins.”


2. When I wear a menstrual cup and I lay down, does the blood go back in? —franciew2

“The answer is no, it will not go back up into the uterus. It stays in the cup.”