5 Common Period Problems, What They Mean and How To Treat Them.
Your period is your body's monthly report card. Your period and your montly cycle supply you with important information about your health.
Did you know that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist refers to a woman's period as a fifth vital sign? Yes, your period is up there with your temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and blood pressure! All the things that indicate you're alive and are used to measure your health.
That's pretty damn significant!
Your period is the time of the month you are bleeding, and a normal period should last between three to five days with minor increases in emotion or very light cramping. For the most part, your period should sneak up on you symptom-wise, it should not derail your life.
You should have regular periods unless you are pregnant, breastfeeding or postmenopausal. Period problems can be a sign of serious health issues.
Keep reading to understand what your period symptoms mean, and what those symptoms are communicating with you about what’s going on with your body.
1. A painful period
Pain and intense mentrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, usually begins before your period, and last for three days on average. Pain is the most common problem that women experience with their periods. More than half of women who have periods get some level of pain around the time of their period.
You may get a feeling of heaviness in your abdomen, tugging in the pelvic area, pain localized to your uterus, or it can radiate to your lower back as well. Some women experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea with it too.
Painful periods can be a sign of infection, endometriosis, fibroids, or ovarian cyst. Prostaglandins are responsible for causing painful periods. These hormone-like chemicals stimulate contraction of your uterus, and when there is too much, there is pain. Pain can also be caused by inflammation, scar tissue or cell and tissue growth in the womb. You should also rule out infection or sti.
Majority of period pain is treated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen, ibuprofel, or aspirin. The habitual use of these drugs impair your gut health and contribute to more hormone imbalance. They also don't treat the root of your pain.
2. A heavy or long period
Let's be very clear about something, needing to change a pad or tampon every hour, seeing giants clots in your blood, or feeling like your period goes on indefinitely is not a normal part of having a period.
Common causes of heavy or long periods (a period that last more than 7 days) can be a sign of iron deficiency, estrogen dominance, low progesterone, thyroid issues, fibroids, polyps, endometriosis or certain cancers.
Certain contraceptives, like the copper IUD, is associated with heavy or long periods too, which is why certain forms of birth control should not be advised for women already experiencing a heavy or long period.
If you're taking birth control for non-contraceptive reasons, please consider instead purchasing the Womb Support. Birth control is one of the leading causes or reproductive issues and imbalances among us. If you wish to really heal your period, stop taking it.
3. A late or irregular period
Never know when your period is coming? Does it seem to just show up whenever it pleases? There can be several reasons why your period is delayed or irregular. Your period is considered irregular if your menstraul cycle is shorter or longer than average. This means that the time from the first day of your last period up to the start of your next is less than 21 days or more than 38 days.
If you’ve ruled out pregnancy, a late period is commonly caused by stress in the form of physical, mental or emotional trauma that affects your ovulation and your period.
Causes of an irregular period include eating disorders, thyroid problems, high amounts of prolactin in the blood, PCOS, early onset menopause/perimenopause, postpartum, diabetes, pelvic inflammatory disease, obesity and celiac disease.
4. A missing period
A missing period, amenorhea, is classified as primary or secondary.
Primary amenorrhea is when you have never had a period and are fifteen years or older. Secondary amenorrhea is when your period has gone missing for more than three months if you've had regular menstrual cycles, or six months if you've had irregular menstrual cycles.
A missing period that's not caused by breastfeeding can mean your ovaries stop making normal amounts of estrogen hormone. The most common causes of a missing period are stress, weight issues, PCOS, post-birth control amenorrhea, hypothalamic amenorrhea, ovarian dysfunction, pituitary dysfunction and hypothyroidism.
If your period has gone missing for more than three months its time to do some much needed digging into your health status.
I invite you to schedule a consultation to uncover your root cause.
5. A light period
While a easy, breezy period may sound amazing, this is actually a sign that your hormones are imbalanced. If your period last less than three days, or you require little more than a panty-liner during your period, then chances are you may not have enough estrogen.
If your estrogen is low, you may be experiecing vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, infertility, and even drooping breast. Low estrogen is considered a normal change in menapausal women, but if you're nowhere near menapause , then it's time for some root cause investigation.
Women practing a vegetation or vegan diet are at an increased risk of developing low estrogen level.
Common causes of a light period and low estrogen include eating a low-fat, over-exercising, low body weight, primary ovarian insufficiency, and post-birth control imbalances.