The American Committee of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists (ACOG) published a report that considers the menstrual cycle to be the "fifth vital sign" for women.
Surprisingly, our period is not only something we don’t talk about, but in many cultures and for different reasons, is actually taboo.
It’s time to discuss it openly from a scientific perspective because it’s an amazing tool that provides information about the hormonal integrity of our body. This knowledge enables us to find out so much more about ourselves and our health than conventional blood tests tell us.
Appearance, consistency, frequency and duration are the key components of our period flow. Let’s demystify our periods and become more aware and knowledgeable, noting in a diary or using an app to note down particular features.
What is normal:
color: bright cherry red finishing dark cherry red
consistency: medium viscosity (not too thin nor too thick)
frequency: every 26-30 days
duration: 5-7 days
This the super normal period with its hormonal arrays in place.
Now let’s have a look at the following:
frequency: irregular, variable
Brown blood is old blood that was not excreted with the previous period. A significant sign of low progesterone and is associated with poor quality ovulation and stress.
color: purple blue & dark
consistency: thick with clots
duration: more than a week
Too much Estrogen/Estrogen dominant over Progesterone.
Estrogen dominance may lead to Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Uterine Polyps and even longer term to more serious health issues.
color: very bright pink
consistency: too light to judge
frequency: irregular and variable
duration: 3 days or less
Very short cycles with little measurable flow means that estrogen levels are too low. The quality of estrogen is so poor that ovulation doesn’t occur indicating fertility issues, vitamin & nutrient deficiency, and adrenal burn out.
These are some clues to help us address our hormonal imbalance and discover the deeper issues creating these symptoms.
If you are ready to resolve your hormonal imbalance and finally be symptom free, find out more about my 1:1 Hormone Harmony course here.