5 Signs You Have A Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Teya Janelle Posted on February 27, 2017
Women love to remember the names of each makeup brush and are interested to know more about beauty and cosmetic products.
But most women shy away from serious talks about hygiene and menstruation because we think we know everything about our period.
We are not strangers to cramps and bloating. If we suffer from severe cramps, we are being told that it must be the genes because our mothers suffer the same. Or it must be pure luck.
Some girls are lucky enough not to have cramps or premenstrual symptoms while you’re unfortunate to get them every month.
Even though we know our bodies well, we have hesitations and doubts when it comes to what’s normal and what’s not about our menstrual cycle.
That is why menstrual education is necessary to educate ourselves about our period.
So what makes your menstrual cycle healthy? When are your cramps normal and what’s the normal menstrual flow?
How to have a healthy menstrual cycle?
If you are having issues with your menstrual cycle, you can watch the full length presentation by Joanne Ameya Cohen below, to have a healthy menstrual cycle.
Here are 5 signs to know if you have a healthy menstrual cycle.
1. Cervical fluids during ovulation
A healthy menstrual cycle should have cervical fluids after your period. While it’s an indicator that you’re healthy, use liners to keep yourself dry.
2. Color of your period
Your menstrual blood should be cranberry red. If it’s dark red, then it could mean that there is something wrong with your body.
Having a heavy blood flow and severe blood clots during their period might be caused by poor uterine circulation.
It’s also an indicator that you have a hormonal imbalance. Stimulate your blood flow by putting something warm on your abdomen.
3. Your period should be between 25-35 days long
Your menstrual cycle shouldn’t be less than 25 days. If the duration of your cycle is not consistent and it keeps fluctuating, then something is wrong with your body.
Another reason why your cycle is less than 25 days is because you may have a condition called Luteal Phase Defect.
It is caused by hormonal imbalance wherein the level of estrogen rises too high.
This condition also indicates that you might be positive of having polycystic ovarian syndrome and amenorrhea.
One of the advantages of being a woman and having a menstrual period is that your menstrual symptoms are somehow related to other medical conditions.
4. Duration of your period
Normal menstrual bleeding lasts for only five days. If your period lasts for more than five days, then you’re having an abnormal menstrual cycle.
5. Flow of your period
A woman with a healthy menstrual cycle normally loses three to nine tablespoons of blood, depending also on other factors such as lifestyle and other activities.
If you need to change your sanitary pads or menstrual cups often and you don’t do strenuous activities often, then you should see your doctor.
Having a heavy period for the first few days of your period is normal. However, if you’ve been experiencing heavy menstrual flow even when you are on your fifth day, then there’s something wrong with your cycle.
There are some serious medical conditions that can cause heavy bleeding so it’s best to see your doctor right away.
A healthy period is a strong indicator of having a healthy mind and body. While it is true that there are some menstrual symptoms that may seem strange and abnormal.
It is important to be fully conscious with your menstrual cycle and get to know your body more.