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The menstrual cycle is a natural biological process that should never be ignored if you want to be healthy. The menses or period comes and goes every month. It can make you feel awful as it comes with pain, mood swings, bloating, and more!
It is true that no two women have exactly the same kind of period! To know what your menstrual cycle says about your body and health—keep reading!
#1. Menstrual Pain
Menstrual pain is no secret! The pain is caused when uterine muscles contract and release to push the blood out. According to a study, 70% of women suffer from cramps, abdominal pain, and bloating during their period. Most of us think it is normal but it is not! A painful period can be a symptom of fibroids, vaginal scarring, and endometriosis. So if you are experiencing extreme pains or say pains every month during the menses or frequently, visit your gynecologist.
#2. Menstrual Color
Your menstrual color can determine a lot about your hormonal health. You can experience three color patterns during your periods.
- If your flow is bright red like cranberry juice, it is normal.
- If your flow looks like strawberry jam, it indicates that you may have low estrogen levels which may lead to fatigue, hair loss, and vaginal dryness.
- If your flow looks dark brown or black like mashed-up blueberries, it indicates that you have a higher level of estrogen.
Menstrual flow varies from woman to woman! The flow can be heavy on the initial days and taper off towards the end. If you are using 2 to 3 sanitary napkins or tampons a day, your flow is considered normal. If you are changing your pad or tampons every 2 to 3 hours, your flow is heavy. And if you almost change it every hour for 7-8 days, your period is abnormally heavy.
A heavy flow can happen due to a shortage of excessive estrogen and progesterone hormones. It can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance, infection, hemophilia, blood thinners, fibroids, or tumors. So, if you are experiencing a heavy or abnormally heavy flow, consult your doctor immediately.
#4. Menstrual Cycle & Duration
A normal period lasts for 3-7 days and the cycle must follow a 28-35 day duration. Note the first day of your period and count the duration. If the cycle repeats in the same time frame, your cycle is normal. If you miss your periods, expect when you are pregnant– it means you have a hormonal imbalance, thyroid problem, or stress. So, visit your doctor.