When I think about what I have been told a normal menstrual cycle is, I think 28 days, cramps, moodiness, and cravings. What if I told you that did not have to be your normal? You might be asking yourself well “Am I normal?” and I’m here to tell you everyone’s period is unique to them. It does not have to consist of any of these characteristics. So, what is considered a healthy, normal period?
A healthy period consists of 3-7 days of bleeding, and at least 1 day should be medium or heavy. I know this sounds like the last thing anyone wants. However, that actually tells us that our hormones got to where they needed to be. If you are like me, I never knew that and would always be jealous of my friends who told me they only had light days or barely noticed their period. Unfortunately, that is not sufficient or healthy, but you don’t know what you don’t know, right?
So, what about the symptoms like cramping, moodiness, or cravings? Well, these can be a normal part of your cycle, but if your hormones are not getting to the levels they need to be, you can have increased or worsening symptoms. This can include severe pain, nausea or vomiting, anxiety, increased acne, or very heavy periods. I know I said having at least one heavy day is normal, but if it is every day and extremely heavy, that is when you need to ask the question “Am I normal?”
Lastly, the menstrual cycle, or what we at the clinic like to call the ovulation cycle, does not have to be 28 days in length. I know whenever I have visited with my doctor, they will ask me how many days in my cycle and before I can even answer, they say, “28 days”? I always said sure because, truthfully, I did not even know. But that is not the norm for everyone.
A regular cycle is anywhere from 24-36 days. It can fluctuate or stay pretty consistent depending on what is going on in your life. Regardless of what is going on in your life, it is always going to be important to know and listen to your body. I hope the last couple of months have given you the information you need to do just that!
Until next time,