Tune in to your period
Listen closely- your period is trying to tell you something. No, it’s not just a snarky, mocking laugh, but real data that can help you decipher your overall health.
Period cramps (A.K.A. dysmenorrhea) comes from the shedding of the uterus lining. Moderate cramping is no cause for alarm; over 50% of women experience this side effect every cycle. Though if your cramps are severe to the point of debilitation, then it’s time to consult the doc about endometriosis. Endometriosis, one of the most common health problems for women, is when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus causing amplified pain and subsequent symptoms. 
Bad cramps are also correlated with smoking, increased stress levels, lack of sleep, slouching posture, caffeine consumption, and high-fat diets. Consider lifestyle changes for a more pleasant period.
Hormones dictate the color and consistency of your period.
Dark color and thicker clots signify too-high estrogen levels, causing heavier cycles. A light pink color indicates too-low estrogen, which can interfere with the frequency of your period. A saturated red color is just right, and tends to correlate with proper cycle timing. 
Typical periods result in four to twelve teaspoons of discharge. Be wary of too much bleeding, as it could lead to excess iron loss or signify a disorder, like endometriosis again. Lighter flows, while welcome, can also be telling you something. Stress, hormones, and poor nutrition all play a role in lighter flows and should be monitored to ensure optimal and complete health. 
A menstrual cycle is 28 days, with a bleeding period of two to seven days.  As you age, cycles shorten and become more regular, but occasional irregularity is normal. If irregularity persists, make an appointment to discuss possible causes. This could include: weight loss, stress, excess alcohol intake, or medication side effects.
If your period is a long-term no-show, also consult your doctor. Other than pregnancy, this can be caused by weight, body fat composition, exercise habits, or more serious health concerns. 
Let your period help you. View it as a monthly check-up, giving your health a green or red light.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On September 10, 2014