Periods & You – Health | Chapter 3 | Red Report

Periods & You – Health | Chapter 3 | Red Report


Periods. Just when you thought you knew everything about them, there’s more! Welcome to Chapter 3 of The Red Report, where we will be discussing a host of potential health complications that come with Aunt Flo when she comes knocking at your womb door every month. 55.2% of our respondents have faced some irregularities with their periods. So, if you’ve started to feel like ACP Pradyuman during your time of month – “kuch toh gadbad hai” -, it may be time to pay a visit to the doctor. Disclaimer: In our Censex series, we made a video on Sexual Health, sexual health, where our respondents showed that when it came to theirs, Google won over gynaec. Ironically, that was one of our least-viewed videos, which means, that Indians not only don’t want to prioritise their sexual health, but they don’t even want to be reminded of it. We get it. Gynaecologists, are like relatives, at an Indian wedding – you only meet them if you really, really, have to. But, But, from PMS to PCO, and endometriosis to fibroids, there’s a bunch of reasons to see your OBGYN, ASAP. Toh Daya, misconceptions ka darwaaza todh do! Let’s break down just some of the reasons you may not be sho’, about your flow. PMS While women have known about it since the first period ever, the term was spoken about for the first, in 1913, by psychoanalyst Karen Horney. Yup, let’s take a minute. It’s been blamed for everything – women trying to make a point, women trying to stand up for themselves, melody itni chocolatey kyu hai?, why did Katappa killed Bahubali? In our survey, 63.06% women said they suffer from it, listing the top 3 symptoms as: Mood Swings – 92.21%. Cramps – 66.68%. Anxiety – 57.55%. In 2011, The International Society for Premenstrual Disorders recognised over 150 different psychological, physical, and behavioral symptoms associated with PMS. That’s right, PMS can get very real, very fast. Faster than Viral Bhayani’s camera when it hears the words Airpot Look. A rarer and more complex version of PMS is PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder where you experience severe depression, anxiety, irritability, among other symptoms. It’s harder to diagnose, and can often go undetected, or be misdiagnosed as BPD, Bipolar disorder. 3 -5% of women in reproductive age experience it. PCO. The most common hormonal disorder amongst women of reproductive age. Polycystic ovaries, are found, very frequently in young women, with 1 out of 10 suffering from it globally, and in our survey, 1 out 4 women. 84.4% of our respondents knew what PCOS was and 24.9% had been diagnosed with it. PCOS is complex, and difficult to understand. That’s why we did a whole separate video on it. One of the key features, however, is an increased production of androgen or the male hormone, by the ovaries. The top 3 symptoms that our respondents used to describe PCOS are: Irregular Periods – 83.5% Acne – 73.7% Hirsutism oe Excess Hair Growth – 50.3% There are many conditions related to periods, that are less talked about, and often, women don’t even realise that they may be suffering from. These include, but are not limited to: Endometriosis: Or, when the tissue that’s normally inside of your uterus, or endometrium, grows outside your uterus. Menorrhagia: The medical term for periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding, to the point where daily activities are affected. Fibroids: Non-cancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years, but usually go undetected, because they have no noticeable symptoms. Symptoms for all of these included extreme pain, cramps, irregularities, the works. While 95.4% of our respondents did go to a gynaecologist for these complications, many said that despite not knowing the reasons for their discomfort, they chose not to go to a doctor. Ladies, we need to get our act together. Reasons like no time, fear of being judged by family, or only visiting a gynaecologist when you really need to, all of which are answers we received in our survey, just won’t cut it any longer. Period irregularities could be caused by stress, lifestyle changes or even something more serious. So, here’s a handy checklist for when you visit the gynaec at least once a year: Pelvis Presley: Get a pelvic exam. Pap-arazzi: Pap smear! Period Party: Spill the tea on your period – How long? How much? Anything wrong or weird? Talking it out could avoid misinformation and late diagnoses.- So remember, there’s no detail too small, when it comes to your uterine wall! I don’t know if we’ve made it clear in this video, but Gynaec hai jahaan, tandurusti hai wahaa! So go to one! If nothing else, you might realise that those feelings you’re having – pain, Pain, and Pain! are treatable. And you’re not alone! Hum tumhaare saath hai! Women can, and should ask for help. and unless it’s from a qualified medical professional that you trust, don’t listen to anyone’s advice on how you feel about your period. Our next chapter of the Red Report will tell you how privilege plays a huge part in menstruation, giving rise to period poverty. Just FYI this is a five-part series, so keep coming back and don’t forget to like share and subscribe to Vitamin Stree!

45 comments

  1. "Gynaec hai jahaan. Tandurusti hai wahaan." PRINT THIS ON A TEE SHIRT. MAKE A CAMPAIGN OF THIS. PLS.❤ Also, thanks for this amazingly informative video. Kudos to the writers @ Vitamin Stree.❤❤❤ Surely sharing this video w/ my sisters, family & friends.😇

  2. This channel deserves more recognition than it gets…its amazing I love this channel the animation the quality, in short this IS. QUALITY. CONTENT.

  3. Oh my god! I suffer from PMDD!!! 😱😱😱😱
    Why aren't we taught about this!? Why doesn't it come under "Physical Education" in schools? 😳

  4. Correction: At 2.38 we said "BPD", instead of the correct abbreviation “BD" for Bipolar Disorder. Not to be confused with Borderline Personality Disorder.

  5. U know what I actually think that if u will be making these videos in hindi …then u will be catching more eyes and will be enlightening more minds …..and the one with the problem will go with the subtitles

  6. Think they should start showing this in school. Especially if its in a regional language. I think lots of girls in school and college would benefit from this! And shout out to the amazing White and red combo worn by all the ladies!

  7. I still haven't gone to a proper gynaec, but been to the doctor, who ended up telling me that after you have a kid, your pain will go away!! And I have a case of really ba~~~~d cramps, but not much bleeding. What to do??

  8. The videos are amazing. However, I have a question : do we have to see a gynecologist if we are suffering from PMS signs like depressions or mood swings?

  9. You knw i don't talk about my physical problems if i m not comfortable (conditioning)
    But this vdo made me feel comfortable and supported
    Now women will speak up❤️

  10. Oh my gawwddd NICOLE, i can literally spend my whole life listening you… Such a soothing vibe you have gurl!!!

  11. Dude your channel just came to my recommendation hat's off yaar.. We need more people like you.. Guys make this channel hitting million's subscribers what are you doing!!! Love love

  12. Your videos are just mind blowing and informative! After watching this video, many of women out there(including me) will definitely realise that how important it is to go to a gynaecologist! Thank you so very much to upload such an amazing video!

  13. I have PCOS and i do miss periods for 4-5 months continuously & when they show up they last for 15-20 days with the same amount of pain and also with very heavy flow (sometimes 10-12 pads a day) , i have visited many gynacs from the very starting years but i still have the problem (9 years) also every gynac gives medicine related to harmonal disbalance which leads to enlargement of my body abnormally (especially boobs) and also the day that course of medicine ends i get back with my type of periods everytime (the one i stated earlier) . If u can help me please do or i have left the hopes and started to live my life with my type of periods without doing anything😔

  14. You are doing great work…very informative videos for womens…this channel needs more ecognition than it gets…you should try to make videos in hindi so that they can reach to many other womens who can't understand english that much properly…

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