Our menstrual cycles are more than a monthly bleed. They are a way for our bodies to communicate with us. I don't know about you, but I grew up with a painful, heavy period and thought that this was normal, and to just accept it. I looked at my period as an inconvenience, something that made my life harder, and I didn't recognize how important it is. This message was then reflected in things like tampon and pad commercials showing a woman in pain and annoyed with her period.
I had no idea that I could gain insights from my period and the rest of my cycle. Our cycles give us real-time feedback about our health and how our bodies are responding to things like stress. It can feel like you're discovering a big secret that no one knows about when you start learning about your menstrual cycle.