Even though it seems like everything is working so fine, a woman’s period is a really wonderful, yet weird time of the month. Though you might assume vaginal itching, pooing, and blood clots more than the normal are some kind of concern, even a number of the apparently strangest symptoms are only a part of you period. There are a lot of things that happen to the vagina during a period. These things are what we are going to discuss in this article. So if you want to learn more about it, feel free to give this article a read.
Things that Happen to the Vagina during a Period
Here are some of the most common things that happen to the vagina during a period:
Production of coagulants.
The blood that is lost during the menstrual period commonly comes away from the womb’s wall and tends to clot inside. This causes the body to make anticoagulants or the chemicals that break down the clots. This happens in order to re-liquefy the blood so that it can flow out of the body.
This clotting may look a bit menacing, yet it is typically nothing to worry about. If the amount of blood that is present go beyond the speed in which the body can make these anticoagulants, you may experience blood clots. This may escape through the softened cervix. These tend to be small. Nevertheless, the larger clots, and a lot of them, is actually a sign that there is rather heavy bleeding down there. This is why it is so important to visit your GP to check it is not causing anemia and there is an underlying reason for it.
Makes you poo more.
The prostaglandins that are produced in the menstrual period cause the bowels to contract. That, in turn, cause you go to the comfort room more often. It is common to go poop for more often, or even have somewhat looser stools than the usual. The drop in the progesterone levels also contributes to this. This is mainly because the higher levels of progesterone are recommendable for the slowing down of the gut motility.
There will be contractions.
In response to the prostaglandins, the womb makes rhythmic, small contractions. This is to make sure the lining is being shed and makes its own way down and out of the cervix, as well as into the vagina. This is also the reason for the period pain that you can experience in the lower abdominal area. It also occur in the thighs, buttocks, and back because of the connection of the nerves, which supply the pelvic part.
The cervix gets slightly soften.
This is the way of the body in making sure that the blood is flowing out of the body during the menstrual period. This happens in response to the release of prostaglandins or the small chemical messengers, which are involved in inflammatory response.
Changes in the vagina’s PH level.
The low pH level of vagina is beneficial in protecting you against the growth of various kinds of bacteria, which cause bacterial vaginosis, bacterial sexually transmitted infections lie gonorrhoea and chlamydia, and also the viral infections like HPV and HIV.
At the time of the period, the pH level of the vagina slightly increases. You may already have heard that you are more possible to contract the yeast infection while on the period due to this, yet the jury is still well and accurately out.
You itch more.
Not just this vaginal itching normal, yet it is in fact, so common. This happens because of a fluctuation in the vaginal micobiome. This is the bacteria that resides in the vagina healthily. The changes in the hormones, as well as the presence of the blood result in a much slighter change in the bacterial population, as well as the yeast. Both of these may cause itching.
4 Things that Happen to the Vagina during a Period that are NOT NORMAL
Bleeding outside of the period.
Do not be afraid to consult your GP if you are bleeding between your menstrual periods, including after you have sexual intercourse. It is typically something that is completely benign, yet always warrants some medical advice, since minority of the cases, it might be a sign of something serious.
If your menstrual period is very heavy that it interferes with the daily life, causes you to feel so unwell, begins to become heavier or just concerns you, go have a check-up with your GP. This is usually a non-sinister cause, and might be in relation to something like a thyroid condition that is easy to treat.
It is normal for the period to be quite uncomfortable, yet pain that does not go away with ibuprofen, paracetamol, hot water bottle, and res may be an indication of some underlying condition like endometriosis, and may need some further investigation.
While some of the vaginal itching on the period is normal, if it is constant and does not go away, it might be a sign of something else. There are some other causes, which may need to be ruled out counting the skin conditions like Lichen Sclerosis that requires other kind of treatments.