8 Surprising Benefits of Getting Your Period

Your menstrual cycles are good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. These benefits of getting your period will make you glad to see your monthly visitor!

“I’d always considered my period a nuisance,” says Trina Read, author of Till Sex Do Us Part: Make Your Married Sex Irresistible. “When I was pregnant and later breastfeeding, it was a relief not to get it. But after I had Andrew, I began missing it! It felt like a part of me went missing…and I was shocked by how happy I was to get my period back.”

Good old “Aunt Flo” is actually a helpful, healthy monthly visitor – unless you suffer from PMS (premenstrual syndrome). If you have painful periods, read Medical Marijuana for Period Pain – What You Need to Know. But first, check out these benefits about getting your period every month…

8 Surprising Benefits of Menstruation for Women

For more info the benefits of menstruating, regulating your period, and finding the power of menstruation, read The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age by Rebecca Booth, M.D. And, here are several benefits of menstruation…

1. Your period can slow the aging process

According to Dr. Thomas Perls, a leading U.S. longevity expert, women age more slowly than men because menstruation causes iron loss. Iron feeds free radicals, which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. Losing iron via blood can lengthen lifespan – which may be one of the reasons women live longer than men. Getting regular periods can offer extra benefits to menstruation.

2. Menstruation can offer hints that prevent disease

“When women menstruate, the color, odor, and texture of the menstrual blood can provide invaluable information as to the well-being of the woman,” says Dr Lauri Grossman, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Humanistic Studies at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. Menstrual blood can offer early signs of developing illness and allow for the prevention of disease, which makes getting your period a definite benefit!

3. Getting your period can lead to more satisfaction in the bedroom

During menstruation, testosterone increases and enhances libido, which makes sex better for some women (and can be a benefit of getting your period!). “There is no reason not to have sex while on your period,” says Dr Booth. “But, contrary to popular belief, pregnancy can happen if there is no contraception, because sperm can live for several days and fertilize the developing egg.”

4. Regular periods offer information about your hormones

Regular periods are the best sign of hormone balance – as long as you’re not pregnant, nursing or in menopause. A regular menstrual cycle shows that your body is working the way Mother Nature intended. “While most women associate premenstrual syndrome or PMS with their hormones, it’s actually the absence of hormones during this period (a few days before menstruation) that leaves them feeling less than ideal,” says Dr Booth.

5. Your menstrual period improves your mood and appearance

Benefits of Menstruating for Women“The hormonal recipe that kicks in on or about day three or four triggers a significant improvement in how women feel and look,” says Dr Booth.  However, premenstrual syndrome or PMS doesn’t offer the same benefits of menstruating every month.

6. Getting your period reduces bloating

“The period follows a drop in progesterone, a hormone that encourages water retention and slows metabolism,” says Dr Booth. “Usually a day or two after the period starts progesterone is low and most women lose water weight and metabolize carbs better.” Bring on the pasta!

7. Menstruation is a natural cleanser

The menstrual period is a natural cleansing process, which releases bacteria from inside the reproductive system and helps the body to discharge excess iron, which can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The suppression of menstruation (through birth control pills) may thwart breast and bone development as well as fertility. One of the surprising benefits of menstruation is that it cleanses your body.

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8. Getting your period can release frustration and anger

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver plays a pivotal role in both menstruation and whole-body health. When liver qi (energy) is stagnant, women experience irritability, tightness in the chest, and feelings of frustration and anger. In women, premenstrual symptoms or PMS are related to blocked liver qi. Menstrual flow releases the liver qi – which builds up every month.

Your menstrual cycle also affects your libido and mood – and the more you know about your period, the better off you are! If you have any thoughts on these benefits of getting your period, please comment below. I can’t offer medical or health advice about menstruation, though. If you have questions about your period, I encourage you to talk to your gynecologist.


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25 thoughts on “8 Surprising Benefits of Getting Your Period

  • Natalie

    This is very true, I have VERY SEVERE PCOS and at times feel like it’s ruined my life but I’m 19, and it’s never too late. I have to take progesterone pills for 10 days to induce my periods and I’ve realized the longer I go without one naturally (too much testosterone) then the worse off I feel mentally and physically… There’s a huge list of symptoms I have from having PCOS and being able to have a drug to force menstruation is so amazing, idk what I would do without it.

  • Reeta

    Hello ! 🙂 i just read the article , i searched if getting my period cleanse my body , and i got your article as a first answer , its great to know all those stuff !! .. im on it now and have a severe pain … but your article just made me feel a bit better , Thanks !! 🙂

  • Laurie Post author

    Thanks for your comments about the benefits of menstruation! I still don’t like getting my period, and look forward to menopause….hopefully without the hot flashes…

  • Star

    I just got my IUD (mirena) tooken out, had it for 6 yrs, no cycle, i instantly felt my mood change..i was so moody before, and its good to hear all the benefits having a cycle, my body really needed this

  • Laurie

    Thanks for your comments, Ally! I love hearing how getting your period improves your life.

    I too enjoy losing that water weight and bloating after my period is finished, and I am trying to look at my period as a sign of strength and power 🙂 In fact, I have read that women getting their periods are stronger than when they are not menstruating. I dont know if this is true, but I like believing it.


  • Ally

    I actually find this very helpful. I menstruate regularly, unlike most of my friends, and I’m actually glad to get mine every month because it reminds me I’m not going to be raising a kid anytime soon.. (I’m 21) My libido definitely goes up and my boyfriend actually doesn’t mind. I feel better a couple days in and definitely lose the water weight. And I’m actually in a better mood and happier and feel skinnier, even though I usually have a full 7 day long period! Lol 🙂

  • Laurie Post author

    I actually hate getting my period. I’m glad there are benefits to menstruating, but it’s my least favorite time of the month. I especially hate the bloating that happens before my period starts, and the messiness of my period. Gross.

  • Janet

    “Release anger and frustration”? Isn’t that just called PMSing? When it’s that time of month for someone I know she turns into this downright bitch before and during.
    Though I don’t become emotionally unstable, I actually look worse. No improvement in mood or appearance before or after, whatsoever. I guess it’s just the person, most of us unlucky ones just get pimples, and the opposite of bloat reduction. Food cravings, eat more, cramps=bloat.
    Ever heard of iron deficiency (most common in women)? Who exactly is turned on by their partner’s period? Things will be very messy if they do get together…
    As positive as this all sounds, few actually seem to apply from my experience.

  • Laurie Post author

    What surprises me most about periods is how they change! My periods today are different than they were 3 months ago, perhaps because I’m getting closer to menopause (I’m 42).

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Dear Arlene,

    Thanks for your comment! It is amazing how important it is to have a regular monthly cycle, isn’t it? As much of a pain it is, I do feel like it’s a powerful, healthy, good part of being a woman.

    I’m glad you’ve decided to stop Mirena, and hope you enjoy getting your period again 🙂


  • Arlene

    Hi, I’m so grateful that this is a very positive outlook on menstruation and lately have been missing my menstruation due to having an IUD-Mirena for the past two years. It really works though where it doesn’t work is where I am experiencing feelings of being unbalanced. Not having my regular menstrual cycle has a huge impact in the regulation of my bodily functions and I would caution any woman who is thinking of menstrual suppression by any means (i.e.; IUD-Mirena or new pills-Anya also marketed as Lybrel).
    While it’s great to have choices women should weigh the odds of this dysregulation in their bodies. I recently decided to discontinue the Mirena and the great thing is, there are so many other options of birth control! I really liked that this article specifies the benefits of cleansing which I miss the most when I had my menstrual periods, currently, I do not feel this cleansing since I still have menstrual suppression.

  • Jetaime Randle

    Hi, can I post this on facebook as a note for my female friends it is very informational and I will add your info so that everyone knws who wrote it.

  • Xioma

    Thanks for this information. I am getting a IUD next week and my doctor suggest me Mirena. In the beginning I like the fact of not having period for 5 years, but at the same time my mother always says that “menstruation clean your body” and I think that she is right.Thank you!