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Why do they even call it a “period”, anyway?

We were scratching our heads on this one, too. Apparently the word “period” first showed up waaay back in 1822 as another way to describe menstruation. When you think of it, it kind of makes sense because it refers to an “interval of time” or a “repeated cycle of events”. Of course, there are many other modern day sayings for menstruation, too, like “time of the month”, “aunt flow’s in town”, or “riding the crimson wave”. The list goes on…

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