John Mayer has a point: Women’s bodies are wonderlands (but not exactly in the ogling, slightly creepy way he’s singing about). Physically (and mentally, of course), women are tough cookies. We endure crippling cramps, bleed for a week straight (sometimes less, sometimes more—hormones are very unpredictable), and grow entire humans in our bodies. But as beautiful and incredible as our anatomy is, there are several common things we do each day that could be harming our precious reproductive systems.
To find out how to properly take care down there, we spoke with gynecologist and resident expert at SweetSpot Labs Jessica A. Shepherd, MD. Spoiler: Turns out reaching for chocolate when we’re PMS’ing is causing more problems than just the unnecessary calories we’re ingesting. Keep scrolling to read her top five don’ts.
Up next, take a look at how to balance your hormones naturally.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.