2. Heavy Flow
Normally for any woman, periods are usually heavy during the initial few days, and eventually taper off towards the end. The flow varies from woman to woman. So, how do you determine whether your flow is heavy or not? If you’re changing your pad or tampon every 2 or 3 hours, your flow is heavy. However, if you change your pad almost every hour and if this continues for around 7-8 days, your period is no more in the zone of heavy flow. It can be termed as ‘abnormally heavy’. It happens either due to shortage or excessive menstruation regulating hormones estrogen and progesterone. If you’re using 2-3 sanitary napkins a day, your flow is normal.
A heavy flow could be a symptom of infection, hemophilia, blood thinners, hormonal imbalance, fibroids or even brain tumor. So, if you notice a change in your menstrual flow, immediately consult your doctor.
3. The Menstrual Color
Knowing the color of your period is actually very helpful in determining your hormonal health. We usually experience three color patterns during our periods. While bright red is considered normal, brown and dark black are considered abnormal.
- If your flow is bright and saturated red, like cranberry juice, it indicates that you have a normal period.
- If your flow looks like a strawberry jam, it indicates low estrogen levels. This can even lead to vaginal dryness, fatigue, low libido, and hair loss.
- If your period flow looks like frozen and mashed-up blueberries, it indicates that your estrogen level is high. It is usually noticed in women who experience abnormally heavy flow.
4. The Menstrual Cycle
A normal menstrual cycle must follow a 28-35 day duration. You must count from the first day of your period, and if the cycle repeats in the same time frame, your menstrual cycle is normal. Apart from pregnancy, if you miss your periods frequently, it might be an indication of a thyroid problem or hormonal imbalance that can cause cysts to grow in your ovary. Sometimes, it is also caused due to stress. In such cases, you must visit your doctor.
5. The Menstrual Duration
A normal menstrual cycle lasts for 3-7 days, where you bleed heavily during the first 3-4 days. But, if the bleeding is poor during this time, it is not normal, and you must consult your doctor.
We hope these pointers will help you know your body better. If you have any doubts or queries, you can post them in the comments section below.