That Time of the Month: What does it all mean?

You know it happens, you know it pisses you off, but do you know why? Take a look at what’s really happening in your bod from day one until day “When will it end?!”

By Lisa Marie Brennan

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It’s been nicknamed the curse, the arrival of Aunt Fanny, and even the Girl Flu. Whatever you choose to call it, a monthly menstrual cycle is an inherently feminine experience.

But how many of us actually understand what happens to our bodies during that time? We tend to focus more on the days when women lose blood, but there is a lot of action going on in the body during the entire cycle. Dr. Shannon Corbett from the Reproductive Care Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, and Dr. Bronwyn Hill from Toronto’s Sprout Naturopathic, reveal the ins and outs of a woman’s menstrual cycle, from the first day to the very end of the hormonal roller-coaster ride.

All scales are from one to 10, with 10 being the worst.

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