I have seen that most women have many questions about their periods but don’t know who to ask.
First of all in case u’re confused as to what I am talking about that may be because you might be using another name for your periods. Periods or Menstrual Period refers to the period of bleeding that women have from Puberty till menopause. There are many slang names used to refer to them. Some of them are chums, menses, time of the month and monthlies. Most are used as young women have usually been embarrassed talking about them. However, that seems to be changing. Thankfully!
Menstruation and the Menstrual cycle
Menstruation is the scientific name given to the monthly discharge of blood hat women have from puberty until menopause. It is the result of the perfect and harmonic functioning of the body’s hormones, internal and external genital organs.
Normally the period of bleeding can last from 2-7 days. Anything less or more than that, especially if it was not always like that, should prompt you to consult a gynecologist.
The interval between two periods is what we commonly call “the cycle”. It can be calculated as the number of days between the first day of one cycle to the first day of the next cycle. A regular cycle coming at the same interval every month is a good sign. But a small variation of up to 7 days is also fine. So a cycle length varying form 21-35 days is also normal.
Now, coming to the amount of flow. Every woman has a unique flow pattern. Some criteria to know that your flow is normal is that there should be no or minimal clots, no flooding ( where you suddenly feel a gush of blood coming out) and you should not have to change your sanitary pad or tampon every 1-2 hours. You might feel a little low during your heavy flow days but it should not prevent you from doing your routine activities like going to work, exercising or having a normal social life. Another thing that should alert you is if there a change in your pattern or amount of bleeding.
Scanty flow is when there is very minimal bleeding, lasting for less than 2 days or only spotting and no proper flow. Again, if it was more earlier and you think it is decreasing suddenly, you may want to see your gynecologist.
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