First a little caveat, a healthy period looks different for every woman and can even vary from month to month for the same woman. This post is here to give you a baseline to compare how periods looks and feels. If you find irregularities that concern you, consider talking with your trusted doctor.
An Ideal Period looks like this…
Period can last anywhere from 3-5 days. Any shorter or longer could indicate an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Period may start with a nice saturated red color that’s vibrant and healthy, like the color of cranberries. And it may just taper off at the end.
Period blood should be not too thin, but not too ‘chunky’. We want it just right.
>>If blood is heavy, dark, clotted, clumpy this could be indicative of higher estrogen levels. Estrogen is a stimulating hormone that promotes growth of the uterine lining. When it becomes dominant over it’s counterpart Progesterone, symptoms like breast tenderness, heavy periods, stubborn weight, acne, headaches/migraines, and PMS may result. Click here to read more about estrogen dominance.
>>If blood is thinned out, too little, lighter in color this can indicate estrogen is too low and that ovulation is not occurring. Click here to read more about light or absent periods.
Why is an ideal period important?
Having an ideal period likely means we aren’t experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalances. The symptoms of hormonal imbalances are little signs our body gives us that encourage us to change our lifestyle in order to be feel better and healthier.
So if your period is wrought with uncomfortable symptoms, that may be your sign that what you are doing, eating, and how you are living is not suitable for optimal health. An uncomfortable period is NOT our body rebelling against us, it’s trying to tell us something really important.
Every month we should be checking out our periods to make sure it is coming on time, to see what the blood looks like, and how we feel physically and emotionally during the week before and week of our period.
Having this kind of data and awareness may prove very useful in determining what’s normal or irregular with your own body.
For example, if your period changes consistency or starts to feel different, or perhaps you’ve always had painful periods, have been on the pill for years, or struggling through menopause. These are all signs and symptoms you can bring to your doctor if necessary.
Let us know if your body is speaking to you! What is it saying?