Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Just sliding in with your routine reminder that your menstrual cycle is your best indicator of health. Every woman has their own “normal,” but in general – your cycle should occur every ~28-35 days, last ~3-7 days, and should be relatively symptomless.
It’s not normal to deal with super heavy bleeding, agonizingly painful cramps, super bad PMS, etc. All might indicate underlying hormone imbalances or underlying health conditions (PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid issues, etc)
If your cycle recently became super irregular or has gone missing altogether, these might be signs we need to make changes to the way eat, how much we eat, the way we exercise, the things we come in contact with, that we’re super stressed, etc.
A missing period or irregular period is your body trying to communicate it doesn’t feel safe. Under-eating, working out too much, and stress are three of the biggest culprits for period problems.
As always, don’t forget that hormonal birth control is doctor-prescribed hormone imbalance. Hormonal birth control cannot “fix” your period and it’s important to get to the root cause of why we’re having issues.
If your doctor’s only solution to your missing menstrual cycle is to prescribe the pill or some sort of hormonal birth control, you should probably find a new doctor who wants to get down to the root cause of things.
I highly suggest picking up a copy of The Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden, Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten, and Fix Your Period by Nicole Jardim as your first step so you understand your body and menstrual cycle and steps you can take to feel better.
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