The menstrual period is the most basic earthly cycle we have. Our blood is our connection to the female archetype. The macro-cosmic cycles of nature, the crescent and waning moon, the ebb and flow of tides, and changes in seasons, are reflected on a smaller scale in the menstrual cycle of the individual female body.
The monthly maturation of an ovum and subsequent pregnancy or the release of menstrual blood reflects the process of creation, since not only occurs in nature, unconsciously, but also in human activity. In many cultures, the menstrual cycle has been seen as sacred.
Instead, this same process could make more than one feel sick and swollen, and with an absolute pain, in more ways than one.
Even when it is a normal and necessary bodily function in women, many have taboos to speak freely about the subject. Instead of the dreaded word “period“, there is a whole list of nicknames for that time of the month. We all know about that.
However, women should understand that the period may be saying something about our health. Most people do not like to talk about problems and this can cause a minor health problem to become serious in an unnoticed way. Let’s see it in detail.
This is what your Period says about your health :
1. Flow and color
According to Dr. Alisa Vitti, holistic health counselor and functional nutritionist, it is possible to describe most of the colors of the period of three ways: frozen blueberries, strawberry jam and juice Granada. The blood color of the period can reveal a lot about hormonal health.
Periods that are similar in texture and color to frozen blueberries may be an indicator of high levels of estrogen. This could also cause a heavier cycle than normal because higher levels of estrogen means that the lining of the uterus could be thicker than normal.If instead you pour a lighter color, similar to the strawberry jam, you have the opposite problem. It may be a sign that estrogen levels are low. In this case, the menstrual flow can cause itching and is often late because less estrogen means a thinner lining. It should also be noted that a light flow is also associated with the use of birth control pills in some women.
The perfect color, according to Dr. Vitti, is a saturated and beautiful red color, like the pomegranate juice. In this case, the flow usually starts and finishes on time and does not become too heavy.
If you’re bleeding a little between periods, it’s called spotting. This could mean that there is an imbalance, so those who experience spotting should consult with a health professional.
Some of the main causes of spotting are:
- Hormonal imbalance : Spotting happens when progesterone and estrogen are out of balance. Dysfunctional ovaries, thyroid problems and methods of birth control can affect this balance.
- Infection : Any infection, caused by an STD or not, can cause bleeding between periods.
- Cancer : Although very rare, cancer of the cervix, vagina, uterus or ovaries can cause spotting.
- Stress : Extreme stress can also cause a woman to experience spotting.
3. Menstrual Pain
Most women will experience pain during their period, but intense pain that does not go away should be evaluated with a health professional.The correct term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea, and it occurs to about half of the female population.
The cause of dysmenorrhea is an excessive amount of prostaglandin, a hormone involved with inflammation and pain. Unfortunately, this is common. What is not common are severe and incapacitating cramps lasting more than two days.
This is a sign of endometriosis. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, usually in the pelvic area, rather than the inside. When you remove the coating, you do not have where to go. This is what causes severe pain and cramps. About 10% of women suffer from endometriosis.