Every woman knows that the worst period of her month is her menstrual cycle. It comes once a month, leaving you feeling sick and bloated, and is an absolute pain.
The menstrual cycle is a necessary and normal bodily function in women. Nevertheless, people still seem to consider it to be extremely taboo to talk about. There is a whole list of interesting nicknames for that time of the month. Shark week, Aunt Flo and riding the crimson wave are just some of them.
However, women need to understand that their periods may be telling them something about their health. Many people don’t like to talk about problems, and this can cause minor to serious health issues if it goes unnoticed.
If you try and take notice of your flow and other period symptoms, it can help you understand a lot about your health, and you’ll be better informed when you’re talking to a health care professional.
So, This is What Your Period is Saying About Your Health!
Color and Flow
Dr. Alisa Vitti, holistic health counselor and functional nutritionist says that it is possible to describe most period colors in three different ways: mashed frozen blueberries, strawberry jam, and cranberry juice. The color of your period blood can reveal a lot about your hormonal health.
Periods similar in texture and color to frozen blueberries may be an indicator of high estrogen levels. This would also cause a heavier cycle than normal because higher estrogen levels mean the uterus lining could be thicker than normal.
Lighter color, similar to strawberry jam, has the opposite problem. This may be a sign that estrogen levels are low. Period flow can be patchy and is often late because less estrogen means a thinner lining. It should also be noted that a light flow is also associated with birth control use for some women.
Dr. Vitti claims that the perfect color is a nice, saturated red color like cranberry juice. In this case, the flow will usually start and end on time and will not become too heavy.
Bleeding a little in between periods is called spotting. This could mean that something is wrong, so women who experience spotting should consult with a medical professional.
The major causes of spotting are:
Hormonal Imbalance – Spotting happens when progesterone and estrogen are out of balance. This balance can be affected by dysfunctional ovaries, thyroid problems, and birth control methods.
Infection – Any infection, whether it is brought on by an STD or not, can cause spotting between periods.
Cancer – Cancer of the cervix, vagina, uterus, or ovaries can cause spotting, but this is rare.
Stress – Extreme stress can also cause a person to experience spotting.
Most women experience some amount of pain during their period, but cases of severe pain that doesn’t go away, need to be mentioned to a doctor definitely.
Menstrual cramps are usually called dysmenorrhea, and it happens to about half of the female population. The cause of dysmenorrhea is excessive amounts of prostaglandin — the hormone involved with inflammation and pain and it is very common.
However, severe and disabling cramps that last for more than two days are not that common. They are a sign of endometriosis. Endometriosis means that the uterine lining is growing outside the uterus, instead of inside, normally in the pelvic area. When the lining is shed, it has nowhere to go. This causes the severe pain and cramps. About 10% of all women around the world suffer from endometriosis.