Aging and the Menstrual Cycle: 10 Questions to Ask Mom
Posted byErin Ollila
Just when you think you’ve figured your menstrual cycle out, it changes yet again! You may be thinking, are these changes normal? Normal, when it comes to periods, ranges quite a bit. For example, you might have light or heavy periods, long or short, uncomfortable or cramp-free. Your periods may make an appearance regularly in an interval from every 21 to 35 days, says the Mayo Clinic.1 Some fluctuations though may indicate something is out of whack. Good ol’ Aunt Flo keeps you guessing, and you may need to discuss your period changes with your doctor.
It can be a little nerve-wracking to not know what the future holds for your period. One way to get an idea of what to expect is to ask the women in your life who’ve experienced changes in their menstrual cycle. Who better to ask but your own mother? You’re close enough with your mom to have these candid, personal conversations, and you know she’s most likely experienced all the changes herself.
It’s impossible to know if your experience may be similar to your mother’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inquire. While there might be genetic similarities, every body is different, so don’t count on the changes to your cycle following the exact same pattern as hers.
10 Questions to Ask Your Mom About Her Menstrual Cycle
- What were your early periods like?
- What changes did you notice from your teenage to young adult years?
- Were your periods normal before you conceived?
- Did you bleed at all when you were pregnant?
- How quickly did you get your period after giving birth?
- Did your periods change after you were done having children?
- At what age did you first start missing periods?
- Did your periods change when you started perimenopause?
- What were the first signs you noticed of menopause?
- When did your period stop altogether?
When she answers, don’t be embarrassed to follow up with additional questions. It’s important to know if certain medications like birth control affected her cycle or if she experienced abnormal uterine bleeding or major medical issues you should be aware of. Then, after she’s taken the time to fill you in on her medical history, take a moment to thank her for all that she’s done for you and the open, honest relationship you share.
1“Menstrual cycle: What’s normal, what’s not.” Mayo Clinic. May 11, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186.
- Posted by Erin Ollila
- On June 15, 2017