I remember when I got my first period when I was 10 and being handed a cute little notepad and my mom taught me how to count and keep track of my periods. Now a days women use a tracker app but they don't even understand why, they just know the doctor asks. Well ladies knowing your cycle tells you more than just if you're pregnant or not because you missed a month. It tells you about your health as well.
Knowing your cycle and paying attention to the fluids your body produces is all a part of the game. It allows you to catch small problems before they turn into something irreversible.
A regular cycle lasts 28-32 days from the first day of your period until the day before your next period starts. The first day of your period is the first day of your cycle. example: I start my period on January 1st (cycle day 1) my next period starts on January 29th (cycle day 1) making the time in between 28 days so I have a 28 day cycle.
During your cycle you will experience ovulation. (when an egg is released from an ovary) this is important to know if you are trying to conceive or trying to prevent pregnancy. A lot of people don’t know women can’t get pregnant at just anytime it must be between your fertile window. This time frame is two weeks (12-14 days) before your next period. Your fertile window to be on the safe side is a full week. Five days before you ovulate and the day you ovulate (I say the day after too, to be safe if you aren’t trying to conceive).
Fun fact: sperm can last up to 6 days after sex.
Colors and consistency: too light and watery (low estrogen) or too dark with thick clumps (too much estrogen and too little progesterone) = hormonal imbalances. Preferably you want to have a bright red that lasts about 2-4 days. On average women last 4-7 days.
How to insure you have the "ideal" period : eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and dairy at least for 3 days before, during, and 3 days after although it would be best if you took it out completely.
I personally do not believe in western medicine being your first go to, so no I do not believe in using pamprin, midols, and birth control (that is a whole different conversation if you want to know about that let me know). Naturally if you eat properly than you will eliminate the cramps and crazy long bleeding (and these are proven facts). By having a plant based lifestyle incorporating lots of dark leafy greens, fresh fruits, and veggies are always welcomed. Having a variety helps feed your body the different nutrients to avoid any vitamin deficiencies that result in the unwanted types of periods.
Remedies: Herbal teas: my go to’s mugsworth, bladderwrack, milk thistle, dandelion root, chamomile, peppermint, lavender, and my all time proven go to ginger! Along with plenty of water, rest, and exercise you will be make it through!
Vaginal steaming or Yoni steaming which is when one sits or squats over steaming herbs. Depending on the herbal blend steaming has many positive effects such as; pulls toxins out of the body, balances hormone levels, relieves and regulates menses, improves vaginal tightness, helps feminine odor, detoxifies the womb to shrink/remove cysts and fibroids, helps hemorrhoids, helps women conceive, helps with the recovery after childbirth. And many other benefits.
Fun fact: it is possible for your period to be in sync with the waxing and waning of the moon which is about every 28 days. The moon rules the flow of ocean tides and our "tides" as well. Us women by nature are lunar and it is said we ovulate around a full moon and have our periods close to new moons.
::Ways to tell you’re Ovulating::
Cervical mucus - Your discharge is cervical mucus. The creamy consistency = ovulation coming, wet and watery = ovulation is close, wet with a more foggy raw egg white consistency = ovulation.
Basal body temperature (BBT) - Taking your temperature first thing every morning at the same time. You can buy an actual basal thermometer or you can use a regular one. Taking your temperature and keeping track will allow you to see when your temperature rises (slightly).
Cervix - Insert your pointer or middle finger into your vagina until it cannot go in any further. Your finger will run into your cervix. The soft or firmness will determine ovulation or not. Right before ovulation is will feel soft and after ovulation it will be firm.
As always the purpose is for you to be aware and your own advocate. Our doctors can’t do all the work because no two bodies are the complete same. Again becoming one with your body, understanding her ways, touching and feeling can only help because the moment you sense a slight change you can catch any unwanted thing before it gets worse. From something as simple as a yeast infection to cancers. And if you’re grossed out by your body but you’re sexually active shame on you because how can you expect someone else to be down and in there!!??
Stay in-tuned with yourselves my loves!