What does a normal period look like?
So many concerns to puzzle you? Let us try solving the riddle.
Is diarrhea before a period normal? Is spotting between periods normal? What about clots? What about pain during periods?
A healthy period or menstrual flow’s guidelines:
• A period should come on almost every 26 – 32 days.
• It is normal to experience slight premenstrual tension due to the fact that, as progesterone levels drop, the body’s energies are directed inward, inducing liquification of the uterine lining and initiating menstrual flow. But it’s not normal to experience crazy cramps, etc.
• The normal period should last from 3 – 7 days.
• During this 3 – 7 day flow period, the normal quantity is expected to be from 50 – 100ml. Flow less than 50ml indicates deficiency; more than 100ml indicates excess.
Ready to get into the nitty-gritty? Here’s a rule of thumb for a regular tampon and pad:
• Tampon: 1/3 full = 1 ml, 1/2 full = 5 ml , full = 10 ml
• Pad: 1/3 full = 1 ml, 1/2 full = 10 ml, full = 20 ml
Period Blood Color
The color is expected to be fresh to dark red, sometimes with a little bit of brown at the end as the blood flow tapers and oxidizes. If the color is largely brown or black, it indicates the menstrual blood is not able to be released properly, which may mean your lining may have difficulty regenerating. Bright red, thin blood that flows rapidly like a fresh cut indicates the lining isn’t being properly liquefied along with the blood.
Also, consistency: If the blood is too thin and watery, it indicates a deficiency in the underlying reproductive energies. If it is thick, clumpy, stringy, or clotty, it indicates an excess condition where the flow is compromised.
Sharp pain is not normal, nor is heavy cramping. A light ache in the center of the pelvis is considered normal as well, as the contractile function of the uterus is involved in releasing the blood. If your menses are weird or painful in any way, we suggest seeing a Specialist.
Uterine linings are considered as important as egg quality. Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining the pelvis.
In endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal tissue that binds organs together.
Endometriosis can cause pain sometimes severe especially during your period. Seeking advice from a specialist is the solution to early diagnosis and cure.