9 Reasons I Love My Period

by The Frisky
PeriodFor a variety of totally valid reasons — cramps, bloating, stained underwear, fear of attracting sharks — periods have a pretty bad reputation. Ladies, I hear your exasperated signs upon pulling down your pants to pee and realizing your new pair of sexy panties must be thrown away; I know how it feels to have a field trip to Disneyland totally ruined because your lower abdomen feels like it’s being stabbed with a hot knife; and I, too, have calculated just how many pairs of shoes could have been purchased with the amount of money spent on tampons in my life thus far. But! Periods are not all bad. In fact, there are nine just as valid reasons to rejoice in your moon cycle. Here’s why I’m psyched to still be surfing the crimson wave…

1. I have an excuse for seeming bitchy. Generally speaking, I think I have a pretty positive attitude. But I have been known to act a tad emotional both prior to and during my period. It’s one thing when that crazy side is kept within the confines of my own empty apartment, but when it’s directed at someone else? Like, say, a guy I like who didn’t really say the wrong thing, it just sounded wrong to my extra hormonal ears and so I kind of wigged out on him? Luckily, it’s all water under the bridge once I apologize, gesture to my lower abdomen and whisper sheepishly, “It’s that time of the month…”

2. They’re funny. I love that as women have become more open about their periods, menstruation has become a breeding ground for some truly innovative crude comedy. I mean, I will maybe never ever laugh as hard as I did the time an ex-boyfriend of mine dubbed tampons “girl corks.”

3. Hooray, I’m not pregnant! Even though I really, really want a baby right now, I don’t actually want a baby with any ol’ fool right now. Even though I’m either on the Pill or using a condom with my sexual partners, you know there’s always just a littttttle voice in the back of my head whispering, “Psst! What if it didn’t work? What if you are with child right now?!” When my period arrives on schedule, my mind is put at ease that there is no bun in my oven.

4. But chances are someday there will be. As I was saying, I really, really want a baby now, i.e. in the next three years. I have a plan in mind for how that’s going to go and ideally it will happen fairly easily, despite advancing into my mid-30s. I’ve always had a very regular period, which my gynecologist assures me means my reproductive organs are in tip-top shape.

5. It means I’m going to live forever. Okay, not forever, but in general, women live longer than men in part because of the iron we expel during our periods. Not that I’m tapdancing about outliving any of the men I love, but I’ll take as many healthy years on Earth as I can get.

  • 1986

    There is nothing I love about my menstrual cycle. It’s an annoyance.

    As far as #1, I find that it’s all in a woman’s head.

  • Child, Please

    LOL, I never thought I’d read that in a title, but I agree with 1986; it’s all in people’s head and it’s equally offensive to assume I’m angry because I’m on my period. It implies that I can’t be upset unless it’s that time of the month or that I can’t be mad without their being some force of nature imposed on me. For me, No. 6 is one reason why I’m happy my period comes; you’d be surprise how many women don’t have regular cycles.

  • silkynaps

    PMS is real. It took someone else pointing out my symptoms and me taking a step back to realize that I really do experience a mood change as it approaches that time of the month. Had I realized and accepted it sooner, I can think of a few relationships I may have been able to save.

  • Blue

    Get offended & annoyed all you want. I’m glad to get my period. It means I’m healthy & that’s always a good thing.

  • http://gravatar.com/qlittlestar13 The Mighty Quinn

    I used to think PMS was BS, until I got it. It is inaccurate that it tells you your weight is in the healthy range or free from gynecological issues. Black women are more prone to fibroids!…HELLO!!! Although they are benign, they can make your life a living hell! Heaving bleeding, passing clots the size of silver dollars! I had 20lbs of fibroids removed but had a regular period.

  • ChaCha1

    I like my period because I embrace everything that comes along with it. My period makes me want to be alone. I cry over minor issues, I cry over funny stuff. I’m angrier and moodier. What’s wrong with being alone, crying or angry and expressing it? Nothing. It’s human. The problems come when I have to or try to stifle those feelings. I designate more time to be alone and reflect, because that’s what my body and hormones are trying to tell me I need. It’s my selfish time that I feel like I deserve since I give SO much of myself the rest of the month.

    My period reminds me I’m still young.

    I love sex, but I also like having 7 days per month where my body can be left alone.

    Of course it isn’t all good, but I’m not going to be all negative about something that is a part of my womanhood.

  • Ange B

    #6 is great! It is surprising the more women are open about having a period the more at least in my experience you get to know how many women do not have regular period. And as annonying as it is to have one sometimes..I can say that if mine is late I start stressing! And it is not because of pregnancy scare I too feel like if I don’t have a period than something must be wrong with me as I have been regular since the day it started.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    Blegh..periods are necessary evil

  • Meek Meek

    There is nothing good about it. If fact if I could I would so punch Eve in her throat when I saw here trying to tell Adam it was okay to eat from that dang tree!

  • Chelley5483

    ChaCha1 I agree with everrrrrything you said here. It literally feels like I wrote that lol. Yup, leave my little sensitive ass alone at least for the first three days. I use it as a time of reflection too and it makes me more conscious to drink as much water as possible.

    My period brings another added bonus too though.. I find that if I drink a gallon of water a day during the week of my period and go HAM on my workouts throughout the week, I lose extra water weight from what I think is my body flushing out all the bloat. I’m talking 4-5 pounds. So I’m ok with feeling bloated and yucky throughout that week.

    My period gives me the right to watch Love Jones back to back without explanation in my household also. Gotta love that..

  • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

    I admire your positive outlook. I have ZERO reasons to love my period.

  • Magdalen

    I love my period because it’s a reminder of our connection to life force. To the many generations of women who lived before us and bled together.

  • http://gravatar.com/qlittlestar13 The Mighty Quinn

    Define young. I guess having a regular period means I can still get pregnant at almost 50.

  • Her

    Be thankful for what you have ladies. While I don’t know if I’d agree with every item on that list, I do have irregular periods due to treatment from a childhood illness and know what it’s like to not have my reproductive organs “in tip-top shape”. I am less fertile than most women and I don’t know what my chances are of having children in the future. I know it can be a pain (literally and figuratively) but it does remind you that your reproductive health is most likely in good shape. Count it as a blessing because some women have problems getting pregnant and have all types of reproductive issues….

  • 1986

    If a woman having her period is a ‘blessing’, that would mean your deity does not favor you.

  • mluv

    As a child, I suffered from extreme pains from my period. It was so horrible, now that I’m older and on the pill its much more manageable but still just blah. But this article brings into perspective that things could be worst, and why a cycle is part of life.

  • Apple

    Reasons I love my period , it isn’t the bleeding on everything , rearranging my schedule and missing work. It’s the nausea , the diarrhea ,the passing out , horrific sharp pains from in my stomach to toe tips and the taking nonstop pills on the verge of overdose levels that gets me going. Sorry but I rather my ovaries just tell me or text me “not preggers !” Then endure this

  • EST. 1986

    Overdosing on OTC medication is something I sometimes worry about when I get my period too.

  • Rue

    Texting Os! Love it!

  • Rue

    ” have an excuse for seeming bitchy.”
    I always do…

  • steff

    i hate hate hate periods, i have never felt sexy or sexual when im on and loose my appetite. thanks to the pill i can control when i have my periods so i dont have them that often. i wish i could be one of those lucky ladies who’s periods isnt that bad, but sadly im not!

  • MySister’sKeeper

    Anyone who would sit down and create a list of why they love their period was clearly period free at the time and possibly a little nutty at all times. As someone who is currently on her period, I hate everything about it and further hate that I read an article on loving it. I’ll check back in a few days and see if my irrational annoyance has subsided.

  • E.M.S.

    I was fine with everything you listed except the excuse to be bitchy. I’m sorry but it’s not acceptable to treat other people like crap just because you don’t feel well. Way to enforce one of the most negative stereotypes about women on their periods.

    You’re never so incapacitated that you can’t still have the common sense to be mindful of what you say to people and how you act, especially with a partner or any other male in your life. That’s just out for me.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    1986, that really was not necessary!

  • E.M.S.

    I’ll also add that if your symptoms are really that severe, do yourself and everyone else around you a favor and see if you can’t talk to your doctor about how to treat them or at least reduce the effects..

    Maybe I don’t believe in it because I’ve never had it, but I feel like women are just milking the PMS thing too much. And then turn around and want to be offended if a guy asks if you’re on your period when you’re pissed off. Think about that.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    Sending virtual hugs even though I know you are virtually shoving me away XX :)

  • Shaye

    Just a side bar…I wonder where are all the “men” who ALWAYS have something to say on Cluth. They should be on here too talking about their periods, lol.

  • Shaye

    Just a side bar…where are all the “men” who ALWAYS have something to say on Clutch? They should be on here discussing their periods too, LOL.

  • EST. 1986

    ‘God’ ‘blessed’ me with ‘free will’.

    *Howling in laughter

  • EST. 1986

    A woman using her period as a reason for poor behavior makes my blood boil, just the same as a woman stating, “I’m a girl. I’m supposed to be emotional”.

  • ChaCha1

    Young is what you think it is.

  • E.M.S.

    Exactly. Both genders can be emotional creatures, but you have a choice not to be.

  • Dal

    Love “girl corks”! I personally call mine, the lady killer. Literally I’m bleeding out, and I’m not so lady like (on a bad day.)

  • MommieDearest

    Thank you for #5. I never knew that menstruation was one of the reasons that women, in general, live longer than men.

    Other than that, I’m “meh” about my period. Shoot, as a matter of fact, at darn near 50 I’m mad that I’m still having one. LOL!!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Agreed Her! I have been dealing with irregular periods and menstruation problem since puberty that I visit my gyno so often she considers me her niece…lol. It may be a pain to deal with but we have it for a reason and need to keep it in perspective and celebrate it.

    And 1986 that comment was not called for though, this is one of many reasons why so many women are quiet about their menstrual/fertility issues. You have a right to your opinion but not every opinion needs to be voice especially if it comes off as completely rude let’s be respectful here.

  • EST. 1986

    I spoke with ‘Jesus’ and he said that I did nothing wrong.

  • Echi

    I hate my period…period. And I’m getting sick and tired of all these humina humina crunchy granola types pushing the idea that periods are flowery and allow us to connect with our womanly essence and sh*t. Why is it that we are the only category of people who are meant to find literally hemmorhaging out some natural orifice to be “spiritual?”
    Oh, and labour sucks too.
    And yes, I’m angry, and no I’m not on my period or near it. I’m annoyed that a chunk of my life is spent washing stained panties, not having sex, writhing in pain from menstrual cramps, and burning a hole into my GI tract from all the Motrin I ingest on a monthly basis just so I can function like a non-bleeding person all day, every day.

  • EST. 1986

    Not to mention the money that women have to spend on tampons and pads.

  • http://gravatar.com/ceecollegegal CeeCee

    Oh, hell naw! Is this article a joke? I hate everything about my menstrual cycle.
    I hate bleeding.
    I hate PMS.
    I hate going to the store only to find they don’t have the tampons that I use. The entire thought of my period is maddening; I am getting upset. I need to move on to another article.

  • http://gravatar.com/ceecollegegal CeeCee

    I feel the same way! This article has pissed me off! The thought of someone loving their period ticks me off. (calms down). Grr..

  • http://gravatar.com/jaebee81 JaeBee

    Echi, if you have that much trouble with your period, perhaps you should consider going on one of the birth control methods that limits your period to like 4 times a year or not at all.

  • Her

    Wow, its funny how non-believers always tty to put down people who want to talk about God or blessings in life. For your info 1986, I’ve had many ways in which I’ve been blessed in my life. Just because bad things happen doesn’t mean a person has been cursed or not favored by God. If you knew anything about faith in a higher power you’d know that. Maybe the bitterness you have at your tongue or in this case, at the tips of your fingers, would subside if you did have a higher power to go to.

  • Lisss

    @ Meek Meek LMBO!!! Funniest comment i saw on Clutch today. Im supposed to get my period in a couple of days. I’ll think of your comment when im writhing in pain and throwing back a bottle of Naproxen.

  • au napptural

    I feel like some of the commenters, I pretty much always hated my period, but I respect it. I think reading the Red Tent really helped me view it as a rite of womanhood. I feel more connected to all my lady friends and family members. We all bleed, you know?

    And I agree, there’s nothing better than feeling iffy, then getting the period! Like, whew, dogded a bullet. lol

  • GlowBelle

    I appreciate the optimism, wish I could feel that way…but um, hell no! I cannot for anything in the world write a love letter to my period and feel great about it. I will admit that I once had irregular periods years ago and that was due to weight gain, and when I lost weight you bet your tush I was happy to see it and know I was on the right track concerning my health, but that happiness ended within seconds when the stained under-roos happened, the cramps began, and the blood flowed out like that elevator scene in ‘The Shining’ . Not pretty or fun.

    Also I HATE the week before the period…my back killing me, me feeling like I have five different personalities, the fatigue to where I can’t even keep focused… it’s just a crappy two weeks that are an necessary evil and I just can’t “embrace” it. I can get in touch with my womanhood another way. From what my Mom tells me going through menopause is even worse…thanks for nothing, Eve!

  • EST. 1986

    Womp. Womp. Womp.

  • AM

    I’ve always HATED it, and will continue to. There is nothing fun about menses. Having blood come out of me, is horrifying to say the least. What is fun though about menses are the stories. I live for them.

  • Sunshine

    Cosigned. And screw Eve for making childbearing extremely painful

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