As many women know, your body goes a little bit haywire when you get your period. From mood swings, to aches and pains, to insufficient sleep, to acne and all the other lovely period-related side effects, that particular time of the month can be a bit challenging. Most women know their period pretty well, but what about right after it ends? The second week of your cycle yields a whole host of things you never realized happen to your body right after your period ends.
It can be easy to think of your menstrual cycle as just the time you actually have your period, but it's a ongoing thing. Typically, the week of your period is the beginning of your menstrual cycle. According to the Office on Women's Health, the average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, but can range from 21 to 45 days, depending on a woman's age. This means the week after your period ends is the second week of the cycle, which is when your body is gearing up for ovulation. This also means your body goes through some additional, perhaps more subtle, changes. Not sure what to expect? Here are some things you never realized happen to your body the moment you toss out the last tampon (or pad, or menstrual cup. Whatever you prefer.)