The Foundations of a Healthy Menstrual Cycle

Our Menstrual cycle is a reflection of health, by becoming aware of our own cycle and how our hormones are interacting we can not only increase our chances of conceiving but it can also increase our energy, improve sleep, decrease stress/anxiety and make you the best version of you! 

We’re all unique and so our menstrual cycles will vary slightly, but here are the foundations of a healthy Menstrual cycle:

1. Regular menstrual cycle: A regular menstrual cycle typically lasts between 21 and 35 days, with consistent cycle lengths and predictable bleeding patterns. This indicates that the hormonal processes involved in menstruation are functioning normally.

2. Normal duration and flow: A typical period should last approximately 3-5 days, with moderate flow. If you need to change your period product within 2 hours then your period is classed as heavy. There can often be an underlying cause to heavy periods, for example issues with thyroid function. A short bleed can mean that the endometrium lining has not been sufficiently shed.

3. Minimal pain and discomfort: While some mild cramping and discomfort during menstruation is common, severe pain, debilitating cramps, or other intense symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or dizziness may suggest an underlying issue and can be indicators of poor menstrual health.

4. Balanced hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle are normal, but extreme mood swings, severe depression, or intense irritability that significantly impacts daily life might suggest hormonal imbalances or other health concerns.

5. Absence of excessive clotting: Some clotting during menstruation is normal, but if you frequently pass large blood clots or experience heavy, prolonged bleeding, it could indicate an underlying issue that should be addressed.

6. No disruptive symptoms: Good menstrual health means that menstruation does not significantly disrupt your daily life. While some changes in energy levels and mood are expected, extreme fatigue, excessive bloating, or other symptoms that interfere with your daily activities might indicate a problem.

It’s important to note that menstrual health can vary among individuals, and what is considered normal can differ from person to person. If you have concerns about your menstrual health, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized guidance and address any specific questions or issues you may have.

You can also contact At Source Acupuncture for more support through our Acupuncture services.

You can also read more about the menstrual cycle and acupuncture here.

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If you’re struggling with menstrual health issues, PMS or heavy painful periods and would like a consultation to explore how Acupuncture can help, then Anna would be more than happy to help you. Anna has more than 12 years of experience in Women’s health, and has helped many couples on their fertility journey through acupuncture. If you’d like to find out more about how Anna can help, please book a free 15 minute discovery call where you can discuss your treatment needs.

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