06.26.2018

5 Weird Things That Happen During Your Period That Are Totally Normal

5 Weird Things That Happen During Your Period That Are Totally Normal Chris_Tefme/Getty Images

Despite menstruation being a commonplace experience, there’s still a stigma around periods. While some women are comfortable discussing menstrual miseries like cramping, hormonal changes and bloating, there are a few things many of us are too ashamed to admit happen during that time of the month. But can we let you in on a little secret? Chances are, the same period woes you’re experiencing are probably happening to other women.

In order for us to reduce the stigma and eventually end period shaming, we have to openly talk about menstruation and our bodies. Below, we’ve highlighted five things that may seem like period taboo for you, but are actually pretty normal. Not only that, we’ve also included the things you should really be alarmed about. The biggest takeaway here is that you should still speak up about your period and its associated symptoms, whether they’re deemed as normal, weird or gross. 

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