Your period tells you a lot about your hormones 📢 In fact, when charting your cycle using FEMM or another FABM, you can objectively assess the health of your period (it’s a clue to your overall hormone health!).
A healthy menstrual period typically lasts 3-7 days and includes at least one day of moderate to heavy bleeding.
🩸🩸🩸 Heavy bleeding is indicated by using 5 or more regular tampons/pads in a day.
🩸🩸 Moderate bleeding corresponds to 3-4 regular tampons/pads per day.
🩸 Light bleeding is characterized by using 1-2 regular tampons or pads per day.
The quality and quantity of bleeding during the period actually is a clue as to the hormone activity of estrogen!
Estrogen (produced by a growing follicle) builds the lining of the uterus during the first half (follicular phase) of your cycle. Think of it like HGTV - #estrogen builds the house.
Progesterone, produced by the corpus luteum, *furnishes* the house: it makes the lining of the uterus secretory with added blood supply and nourishment for a possible pregnancy.
A menstrual bleed occurs as a result of declining hormone levels toward the end of a cycle if no pregnancy has occurred. The lining of the uterus sloughs as a result of #hormone decline.
A light flow could suggest suboptimal estrogen levels, while a heavy flow could suggest estrogen dominance (due to sub-par ovulation, excess fat tissue, and estrogen elimination problems stemming from poor gut health).
Keeping record of your menstrual flow allows for assessment of your hormonal health. It’s important because many different factors play into the quality and quantity of bleeding women experience during menstruation (including thyroid, stress, metabolic issues, endometriosis, etc).
YOUR BODY IS AN INTEGRATED WHOLE! Period problems are connected to the rest of your body, and vice versa.