What Does Your Menstrual Cycle Say About Your Health

Periods come and go every month. And, they bring along a whole lot of things that make our life miserable – menstrual cramps, mood swings, bloating, and what not! In short, they are an absolute pain. Sometimes, those cramps become so painful that we end up popping an ibuprofen or some other painkiller. Periods are a natural biological process, yet most of us consider discussing this topic a taboo. They are one thing you must never ignore if you want to be healthy. The menses are more or less like snowflakes – no two women have exactly the same kind of periods. While some experience very heavy and short periods, others have light bleeding for a longer duration. Some women don’t even get it regularly. What you need to know is a missed period is not always an indication of pregnancy. It could also be a symptom or signal of some major abnormality in your body. Thus, it is very important to keep track of hormonal changes in your body and pay attention to the way you are bleeding. So, how do you decode whether your menstrual cycle is normal or not? To figure this out, you need to ask yourself these questions: How many pads or tampons do you typically use every day? When you change your pads, are they totally soaked or a bit soiled? How many days does your period last? Do you get it regularly? How is the flow – is it too heavy or normal? You need not get completely involved in it and record the data in your diary – normal observation is more than enough. You need to understand that your periods and their symptoms indicate a lot about your health. So, let’s see what your periods are telling you about your body and health.

1. The Menstrual Pain

It is no secret that periods are painful. According to a survey, almost 70% of women suffer from abdominal (uterine) pain, cramps, and bloating during their menses. The worst part is, most of us think that it is very normal while the case is otherwise. We feel the pain because every month our uterine muscles contract and release to push the blood out, and this contraction causes pain. But, if you are experiencing such pains frequently or say every month during the menses, it’s high time you visit your gynecologist. Painful periods could be a symptom of endometriosis, vaginal scarring or fibroids.

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