70% of all women experience some form of cramping and bloating during their period. It is caused by the contraction of the uterine muscle as it sheds tissue and blood, pushing it out through the cervix. Some women experience severe cramps that interfere with their lives. In those cases, a diagnosis of endometriosis, fibroids, or scarring could be the cause.
2. Heavy Flow
Those on birth control tend to have a lighter flow, but for others, the flow can be heavy, especially on the first day, causing women to go through a tampon or menstrual pad every 2 hours.
3. Color Of Blood
Take a look at the color of your blood. The color of cranberry juice is the normal standard, while the color of strawberry jam means you have low estrogen levels and may be experiencing fatigue, hair loss, low libido, and vaginal dryness. The color of frozen, mashed up blueberries means you have too much estrogen, resulting in a very heavy flow.
4. Your Cycle
The average menstrual cycle is 28 days but can range from 21 days to 35 days. Some women are right on schedule every month, while others are irregular, which is often the sign of a hormonal imbalance, thyroid issues, or a cyst.
5. Period Duration
Most periods last from 3 to 7 days, with the average being 5 days. Women on birth control may have a light period lasting from only 1 day to 3 days.
6. Absense Of Period
Some women miss their period but are not pregnant. Causes range from stress, hormonal imbalance, or thyroid issues.