Talking about your monthly cycle is not really the topic of conversation on a Saturday night out with the girls. It’s perhaps less of a conversation with your mother who probably last mentioned the word ‘period’ when she handed you a book with the facts of life and a packet of sanitary towels when you were 11.
So where do you go for information if you suspect something is not quite right?
About 90% of us turn to ‘Dr Google’ which can result in more questions than answers.
The fact is that your cycle is unique to you. There are some general patterns that your cycle should follow:
Day 1 of your cycle is the first day of bleeding (not spotting). The typical length of time between the start of one cycle and the next is 21 to 35 days with the average being 28 Days. Having a period every month is normal. Some periods are long, some are heavy, some are light.
These 5 signs can indicate that your periods are abnormal and you should see your Doctor:
If you experience extreme pain with your period
If your period stops
If your periods are always extremely heavy
If you bleed in between periods
If you feel your periods are severely affecting your daily lifestyle.
Any period issue that you feel is out of the ordinary for you warrants a visit to your Doctor. Your cycle is controlled by a delicate balance of hormones so your doctor may need to perform some blood tests to investigate what is happening.
If you are trying to conceive and you feel your cycles are not following a typical monthly pattern you should seek advice immediately. In most cases a simple solution can be found after some basic investigations.
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