I know there is a so-called normal menstrual cycle, but in reality, it’s all based on personal experience. Some can go about their day like nothing’s wrong, while others can experience serious pain and often reach out to medication.
Just for the record (I`m sure all of you know) every month a woman`s body is preparing itself for fertilization so when nothing happens the body releases the tissue.
An average woman can lose somewhere between 30-40 milliliters of blood during the cycle. Often heavy bleeders lose around 60 milliliters while 9 of 10 women do lose less than 80 per cycle.
Since there’s no way of knowing how much blood was released it’s crucial to pay attention to how often you`re changing tampons or sanitary pads. If you`re changing them every 2 hours or less than it`s wise to have a talk with your doctor. Bleeding through your clothes is another sign that you`re losing too much blood than normal. Also, your period should not last more than seven to eight days.
Menstrual cramps appear when the uterus contracts, the stronger they are, the more painful it is. Most of you experience different levels of cramping that can occur before or during your period. There are 2 types: primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary are often felt in the lower abdomen and the secondary ones are felt on the back, thighs and sometimes lower legs. Also, secondary dysmenorrhea is connected with other problems in the reproductive system like endometriosis and fibroids. Both of these cases can cause heavy bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles and non-cycle bleeding.
During periods women complain about pain in their breasts and they being heavy during periods. According to Dr. Lee Shulman, M.D., hormones are the culprits behind these pains and aches and women who use contraceptives can experience these pains more often. These symptoms should not be confused with the ones that occur when you`re not in you menstrual cycle.
Never ignore light bleeding in-between periods and large blood clots. Have them checked out!
You can tell by the color of your blood, whether or not your period is normal. Strawberry jam color often indicates low estrogen levels (happens often when you`re on the pill) while frozen blueberries color is a sign that your estrogen level might be high. It`s totally OK if at the end of your period the blood gets darker.
A mix of red and green blood as well as foul smell can be a sign of STD.
Let your doctor know if your blood flow is watery looking, it might be a sign of iron deficiency.
There is no such thing as normal, everyone is different so not every out-of-the-ordinary sign is a problem. Before you jump the conclusion look at your lifestyle because everything from diet to medication and stress is a factor. The best thing to do is to speak to your doctor about your cycles.