Menstruation: What’s Ok and What’s Not

09 March 2018
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Menstruation: What’s Ok and What’s Not

Getting your period is like getting your first make up kit after watching make up tutorials on YouTube without knowing what the brushes are for – it happens to every girl.

Men and women today somehow live on the same ground. You can’t expect women to be making sandwiches for you anymore. They don’t belong in the kitchen anymore. They’re everywhere. And there is a sense of acceptance with the size of their bodies and how their bodies work and that includes their period. Women of today are more conscious about their femininity, including their reproductive health.

While getting your menstruation monthly is a common thing, there are things that aren’t considered medically normal. Every girl’s menstrual cycle is different. Some women have more painful period while others haven’t suffered from any menstrual cramps at all. However, majority of the women experience short and regular period as you age. There are certain factors that affect your period including your lifestyle.

Irregularities in your period

As stated, the irregularity of your menstrual cycle is caused by different factors such as:

  • Eating disorder or excessive exercise
  • Weight loss/ gain
  • Breastfeeding
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Birth control pills

There are many ways to regulate your period although there are some cases where you can’t stop menstrual irregularities. While birth control pills can cause period irregularities for some women, it’s also one way to regulate it. Obesity and eating disorder can be dealt with through counseling, change of habits and of course, self-motivation.

Your menstrual cycle happens every 21 to 35 days. If you don’t get your period, then something’s up. It could be something serious or just a change in your diet or exercise. To know if your cycle is regular and normal, try to keep track of your period by using the calendar. Here are some questions to guide you while tracking your period:

Do you bleed in between periods?

  • How would you describe your menstrual cramps?
  • How long does your period last?
  • How often do you empty your menstrual cup or change your sanitary pad?
  • How heavy is your period?

When to see your doctor

Your healthcare provider is sure to ask you some basic questions about your menstruation cycle. Some changes in your cycle can be serious while some aren’t. Here are some warning signs when you should go see a doctor:

  • If you’re sure you’re not pregnant but you haven’t gotten your period for almost two months or more
  • You’re menstruating for eight days or more
  • Your menstrual cramps are severe
  • You have fever and you’re feeling sick every time you’re menstruating or right after using pads or tampons
  • You’re changing sanitary pads or emptying your menstrual cup every hour

Menstrual cramps are normal. It only stops being normal when you suffer from severe menstrual cramps and last for a longer time. While it doesn’t sound okay to assume right away, it’s better to go see your doctor to be sure. 

There are higher health risks as you age. As you age, your body and hormones also undergo changes.  Your menstrual cycle defines how healthy you are. It’s actually an advantage to women because there are warning signs. And if you’re aware of such warning signs then you can consult with your healthcare provider right away and get treated before it becomes worse.  The trick is to always keep track of your cycle and be more sensitive about the changes in your period.

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