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What You Ought to Know About Bleeding Patterns in Women

Bleeding during the menstrual cycle in women is viewed as a significant indicator of generative health. The menstrual period happens when the lining on the woman’s uterus sheds through her vagina and cervix every month. This article will educate you about keeping up with health during this period.

What You Ought to Know About Bleeding Patterns in Women

A normal woman should experience 3 – 4 days of a menstrual cycle every 28 days. However, bleeding patterns may vary from one woman to another due to hormonal differences. Some women may develop bleeding disorders during their period or conception.

Let's focus on the two main types of menstrual cycles in women:

1. Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)

If your monthly period prevents you from attending to your daily chores, we consider it as abnormal. Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding may suffer from a disease called anemia. Irregular bleeding is dangerous. You shouldn't take it lightly.

If your period shows the signs below, you need to see the doctor immediately:

  • Severe cramps that prevent you from standing upright
  • Bleeding that takes longer than seven days
  • Passage of blood lumps more extensive than a quarter
  • Unable to do daily activities due to heavy flow
  • Feeling tired, breath shortage, or fatigue
  • Changing pad after every hour
  • Constipation and vomiting

Possible Causes of Extra Heavy Bleeding:

  • Miscarriage – pregnancy termination before time
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections, e.g., HIV AIDS
  • Rough sex or sexual assault
  • Rape

2. Light Menstrual Period

Normal menstrual flow in a woman should range between 2 – 7 days, every 28 days. The period, however, may change from time to time, due to various circumstances which include:

  • Change of diet
  • Change of climate
  • Pregnancy
  • Over excitement
  • Sudden bad news
  • Disappointment
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress
  • Birth control
  • Over-exercising
  • Weight and diet
  • Age
  • Breastfeeding

Symptoms of a Light Menstrual Period:

  • Very light bleeding
  • Bleeding for fewer than two days
  • Missing one or more consistent flow periods
  • Experiencing a spot, instead of a steady flow

See the Doctor if:

  • You think you may be pregnant
  • Have irregular periods
  • Experience pains during the period

Note this:

Most causes of heavy and light menstrual periods are similar to the symptoms of menopause. These include:

  • Mood changes
  • Loss of fertility
  • Increased urination
  • Increased libido
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue and sleep problems
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Sex drive changes
  • Headaches
  • Food sensitivity
  • Decrease infertility

What You Should Do During the Menstrual Flow

  1. Eat Right
  • Green Vegetables – are rich in magnesium hence prevent menstrual pain
  • Fibrous foods – helps in reducing constipation.
  • Legumes – helps to prevent fatigue
  1. Do exercises – helps to relax your body
  2. Take a long day rest – helps you regain the lost energy during the menstrual flow
  3. Interact with your friends and have fun

What You Should Avoid During the Menstrual Flow

  • Dairy foods – these are hormonal
  • Sex – it may increase the flow and lead to the transmission of diseases such as HIV AIDS
  • Salty foods – may increase the cramps
  • Cigarettes – its harmful during menstruation period since the hormones are imbalanced
  • Coffee intake – it contains caffeine, which may worsen the menstrual cycle
  • Lifting heavy loads/straining – increases the blood flow

When Do Periods Stop?

Women usually have periods until menopause. Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, usually around age 50. Menopause means that a woman is no longer ovulating (producing eggs) or having periods and can no longer get pregnant.

Concluding Thoughts

We accept the mystery of blood flow in the bodies of women. It's only God who can explain why it happens so. We need to be very sensitive in case of any abnormality in the flow. Take precaution. Don’t assume things are alright when you know they are not. To the older women, don't take menopause symptoms to be the causes of light or heavy menstrual periods.

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