• Melanie Hartskeerl

Is your cycle normal?

There are a few things that can occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle that indicate that something isn’t quite right. Metabolic Balance®, plus the guidance and knowledge of a qualified Naturopath, can help to regulate hormones and reduce inflammation in your body with natural and simple treatment options.⁠

Here are a few tell-tale signs that your period may need some help…⁠

1. Your period is painful⁠

Although the image projected to us by the media is that a period is a monthly hell, this should not actually be the case.⁠

A painful period is a signal that something is not right in your body and we need to listen to this signal.⁠

Mild discomfort or awareness of your uterus is OK, but any pain beyond this can be a sign that you have a hormonal or inflammatory signalling imbalance or there can be structural issues such as fibroids, endometriosis or adenomyosis, among others.⁠

2. You have PMS symptoms⁠

PMS can be really disruptive to your life and make it hard for you to have continuity with your work and relationships. As your hormones and your neurotransmitters are constantly communicating with each other and have regulatory actions on one another, your brain chemistry can be hijacked during the second half of your menstrual cycle. Feeling a little bit more like staying in with a book for a day or two prior to your period is normal, but finding your moods swinging, your breasts aching and the tears flowing for days or weeks is yet another sign of a hormonal imbalance that needs attention. There are so many fabulous remedies to ease these symptoms in the short term and balance hormones in the long term so that you don’t have to settle for PMS symptoms being your norm. ⁠

3. It doesn’t come on time

Your period should come once per month. The timing can vary from woman to woman, but generally, every 26-32 days is considered normal. These dates are measured from the first day of proper bleeding (do not include spotting beforehand) in one period, to the first day of proper bleeding at the next period. Some websites tell you that ranges outside of these days are OK, but more often than not, when your period comes too early or too late, it is a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Metabolic Balance® can help to address hormonal imbalances in your body in a completely natural way, using whole foods!

4. You bleed heavily during your period

A normal menstrual bleed lasts for 3-6 days, does not often include blood clots and has a manageable flow. The amount of bleeding really does vary from woman to woman, but if you are changing your tampons, pads or cups several times per day, then there is a good chance that you are having a heavy bleed. Blood loss should vary between 10-35 ml over the whole period. This equates to a total of 1 to 7 soaked regular tampons for the whole period. A heavier than normal menstrual flow can result from hormonal imbalances

5. You have some spotting midway through your cycle

Spotting is the small amount of blood that can occur outside of your actual bleeding time and again is a sign that something is not quite right with your cycle. Mid-cycle spotting really needs the attention of your doctor to rule out anything nasty, but again, it can be the uterine response to a hormonal imbalance, as can premenstrual spotting. Often a hormone-balancing program will clear these symptoms right up.

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