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 likely occur every ~28-35 days, last ~3-7 days, and should be relatively symptomless. While it may be common, it’s not necessarily normal to deal with super heavy bleeding, agonizingly painful cramps, super bad PMS, etc. If we tend to have pretty miserable menstrual cycles, it might be an indicator we might have underlying hormone imbalances or underlying health conditions (such as PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid issues, etc).
If your cycle recently became super irregular or your cycle recently stopped occurring each month, it might be a sign we need to make changes to the way we eat, how much we eat, the way we exercise, the things we come in contact with, that we’re super stressed, etc etc. Under-eating, working out too much, and stress are often three of the biggest culprits for period problems and menstrual cycle woes.
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.