Periods are normal, and Halloween is the perfect time to get over your fear of blood. Menstruation is a part of animal life and therefore a part of everyone’s life, women and men. Though it is a normal part of life, many cultures and social stigmas continue to try to frame menstruation as shameful or gross. Why? No good reason. I’ve looked. From exile to just plain silly myths, menstruation around the world continues to have a misguided rep and that can confuse young girls. Reflecting on my experiences, I have come up with all the things I would have wanted to tell myself upon first receiving my period.

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Female hormones fluxuate. So much so that it affects our mood, sex drive, cravings and energy level. The body is a miraculous thing, and the female hormonal cycle is just one example of its ingenious. The only thing is that hormones are particular – they like to be exactly balanced, and when even one is lagging a bit or spiked just a smidge, we can experience some awful symptoms, like PMS. That is why it is super important to understand your body, its cycle and your hormones. FEMNA teaches you about you.

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