Why should men and women celebrate our periods, as part of the team?
Period is part of the team: the foundation of human reproduction.
Biologically speaking, the one thing that every person on planet earth have in common is that we were all born from a fertilized human egg. The human eggs and tissues that were not immediately used to facilitate the human growth become our periods or menstruation.
In other words, if there is no menstruation or no periods, then there is no facilitation of the growth of a human.
Question: What are the components of period?
Answer: 2 main components:
- Lining of a bed that would otherwise nourish a developing embryo (fertilized human egg). Scientifically, this lining, made up of cells and fed by many blood vessels, is called the endometrium.
- Actual blood from arteries in the uterus, which would have been used for the development of the embryo. It is completely clean and normal
Question: What not to do during or after a period:
This is one of the reasons why we wrote this article. We want to share that period is not dirty and therefore, there is no need to douche or clean after or during your period. A vagina is not dirty, and it has the ability to self-clean. It knows, naturally how to keep an optimal pH balance by having a population of normal bacteria.
The idea of bacteria is not a bad thing, in the context of a Vagina and a period. It is a necessary and a non-negotiable element to have, in order to keep the right pH balance. A douche, on the other hand, can be harmful, because the douching solution actually disrupts the delicate balance by changing the pH value. Changing the pH value could cause yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. In extreme cases, a douche can increate the risk of more serious infections such as pelvic inflammatory diseases that can affect your fertility.
In summary, a period is natural, and a vagina is smart. They work together, in a team, to set the foundation of the development of a human life. So, women and men should not be afraid of periods, women and men could instead celebrate our periods, as part of the team.
This does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific situation.
It is written by Eggschain editors and medically reviewed by Hugh Taylor, MD, the Anita O’Keeffe Young Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is also Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology at Yale University.