Though most women know their bodies well, but have hesitations and doubts when it comes to what’s normal and what’s not about their menstrual cycle. Some girls are lucky enough not to have cramps or premenstrual symptoms while others recoil in fear and apprehension when the set date approaches. These five signs would tell if you have a healthy monthly flow or not;
Cervical fluids during ovulation
A healthy menstrual cycle should have cervical fluids after your monthly flow during ovulation. It’s an indicator that you’re healthy.
Color of menstraual blood
The colour of your menstrual blood should be cranberry red. If it’s dark red, then it could point to an underlying health condition. Having a heavy blood flow and severe blood clots during their period might be caused by poor uterine circulation. It’s also an indicator that you have a hormonal imbalance.
Your period should be between 25-35 days long
Your menstrual cycle shouldn’t be less than 25 days. If the duration of your cycle is not steady and it keeps fluctuating, then something is wrong with your body.
Another reason why your cycle is less than 25 days is because you may have a condition called Luteal Phase Defect which is caused by hormonal imbalance wherein the level of estrogen rises too high.
This condition indicates that you might be positive of having polycystic ovarian syndrome and amenorrhea.
Flow of your period
A woman with a healthy monthly flow normally loses about three to nine tablespoons of blood, depending also on other factors such as lifestyle and other activities. However, if your flow is heavy such that you need to change your sanitary pads or menstrual cups often and you don’t do strenuous activities often, then you should see your doctor.
Having a heavy period for the first few days of your period is normal. However, if you’ve been experiencing heavy menstrual flow even when you are on your fifth day, then there’s something wrong with your cycle.
There are some serious medical conditions that can cause heavy bleeding so it’s best to see your doctor right away.
5. Duration of your menstrual flow
Normal menstrual flow lasts for at least five days. If your period lasts for more than five days, then you’re having an abnormal menstrual cycle and should see a doctor.
How to have a healthy menstrual cycle
If you are having concerns with your menstrual cycle, you can watch the full length presentation by Joanne Ameya Cohen below, to have a healthy menstrual cycle.