Is Your Period Your Friend or Your Enemy?

June 6, 2017
It's your best friend or your worst enemy, and it's a part of your life every month. It's your period, and there are a few things you probably wish you would have known about it when you were younger.

While many women get upset when their period ruins their plans, it can be even more concerning when there aren’t any signs of it starting. So, is your period your best friend or your worst enemy?

1. It can be your best friend

A woman suffering from her period.

Not getting your period can be a very bad sign. Here’s a situation for you:

You had a few too many drinks one night.  The next morning, you woke up in a guy’s apartment and don’t remember whether or not you used protection. You discovered that your partner was having an affair with another girl for the past year. Then, at the same time, you realize that you’re a few weeks late.

In such situations, having your period run like clockwork may be the best thing in the universe! Our first recommendation, of course, is that you’re always careful when having sex. However, we understand that there may be some unforeseen events.

Read more: 11 Sexually Transmitted Diseases You Need to Know About

2. Your period can also be your worst enemy

When you start talking to your partner about having children, your period may also be by far the worst thing in the world at the time. This is because it tells you a very clear and disappointing message: “You’re not pregnant”.

Then you’ll be left with no other choice than to wait another 28 long days, hoping your period won’t come the following month.

3. It almost always come at the worst possible time

When you’re preparing for the slumber party for your best friend’s birthday. When you go on vacation and you’re about to travel with your classmates. Or when you’re about to put on your white dress to walk down the altar and take the big leap towards saying “I do.”

Your “dear friend” may cause you to reconsider your plans, but she’ll often make an appearance at some other special event, totally uninvited of course. However, the fact of the matter is that your period doesn’t have to affect all these plans.

Most of this is not an issue unless you have medical problems that lead to very severe or painful periods.

4. The time will come when you will need to borrow “one of those things”

It happens to every woman – your period arrives unexpectedly. Then you find you’ve used a different bag, with none of your “essentials” inside it. Or maybe you gave your last one to a friend in need.

Your period won’t care and will come anyway. It’s then that you’ll have to go on a recon mission to retrieve the “goods”.

5. Bonding with other women will help you

You can talk about your period with other women.

Sharing with other women how your period caused problems during one of your classes, or any sort of other embarrassing situation. Drowning your sorrows with a friend, a good drink and a pizza while you watch your favorite TV series. Wiping away the tears of a friend who’s trying to have a baby. No matter what, menstruation unites women in many different ways.

Periods are a bond that only women share and understand. And, for better or for worse, menstruation enables women to laugh and cry together from time to time.

See more: What Does the Color of Menstrual Blood Reveal About Your Health?

6. Periods are nothing like what commercials suggest

We seriously doubt that most women are jumping on a trampoline, climbing a mountain or dancing around a campfire with white shorts, especially when they get their period. However, we also don’t imagine most women lying as still as a mummy in a bed when their period arrives.

Much progress has been made since Ancient Roman times when women wore wool tampons. Nevertheless, there’s still the possibility of having leaks at inopportune moments.

Accidents with the thread of your tampon hanging between your legs when you’re wearing a bikini can also be very embarrassing. However, they happen to almost all of us, and we all understand!

7. The last day of your period will come

A woman with menopause symptoms.

This is probably the most important thing to remember about your menstrual period: one day it will stop, without warning and forever. Maybe this seems like great news to you as you find yourself cuddled up in bed with a thermal blanket, a box of painkillers and a box of chocolates.

However, it’s not so good when you’re in your forties and you begin to get hot flashes, experience a lack of sex drive, or many other symptoms that come along with the menopause.

We definitely like to look on the bright side: one day, it’ll all go away!