Your menstrual cycle is an important part of your overall health.  It is a natural process which comes from the interaction of organs, glands, hormones and other bodily chemicals.  It is primarily a process for reproduction, but indirectly, it is also a sign of the proper working of other parts of the body such as the brain, pituitary gland, thyroid gland and the clotting system of the blood.  Normal periods which come on a monthly basis are a sign that the natural process is working well.  

Regular Periods Are A Sign of Good Health

Women with normal cycles experience good health in other areas of life.  There’s a lot to be said about the emotional reassurance which comes from a regular period, especially one that comes like clockwork.   Women who have menstrual health get pregnant easier.  They are also associated with good weight control and with better eating habits.  Heavy bleeding or menstrual cycles that occur too frequently on the other hand can lead to symptoms and associated conditions which can diminish your overall state of health and well being.  

Definitions of Normal Menstrual Bleeding

There are three factors which define a normal period.  The first is the amount.  How much do you bleed over the entire period?  The normal amount is less than 80ml or 3 ounces.  The second is the duration of the cycle.  How many total days do you have bleeding?  Or, how long does your period last?  The normal period lasts between 2 and 7 days.  The final factor is the frequency of the menstrual cycle.  How many days is it between the start of you period and the start of the next one?  The normal cycle length is between 24 and 35 days.

What To Do If You have Abnormal Periods

  • Get some good information.  There are some great websites on the web about heavy bleeding or prolonged vaginal bleeding.
  • Make an appointment to see your doctor.  Most causes of abnormal bleeding are not life threatening.  A few can be.  Your doctor can help you sort things out and find the best treatment for you.
  • Keep Track of your periods on a calendar.  This is called a menstrual calendar.  There are ones that are pre-made for you to use, but any calendar will do.  Keep track of the start and ending days.  Also keeping track of the amount and other symptoms is helpful.  Bring this to your doctor visit.  She will find it helpful!
  • Most of all keep calm.  Period problems are extremely common and there are great treatments out there!  You’re going to be OK.  Hang in there.