A girl always has doubts as to what’s normal and what’s not during “that time of the month”. Nowadays periods are not that much of a taboo as the young cheerful unworried women have learnt to embrace the monthly occurrence and go about their daily routine without worry. All is fine till their cycle comes and goes on time and nothing too different from the usual happens. It is when there is a slight change that we women tend to get worried. Here are a few pointers on what is totally acceptable and what needs some concern and care during your monthly menstrual.
Initially after you get your first period it takes about 2 years for your cycle to stabilize. Since girls these days tend to hit puberty sooner it is normal if it takes a little more time to stabilize as well. Once this happens, its best to maintain the period calendar as it gives you a good idea about your pattern and whether you need to be concerned at all if it comes a few days late or early. Usually if you get your period within 30 days and with a minimum gap of 20 days it’s absolutely okay. Sometimes even years later your cycle can change due to some environmental, diet or emotional changes. Give it a month or two to stabilize and if it doesn’t then go for a consult.
Don’t judge what’s normal for you by comparing it with your friend. Some women tend to have perfectly pain free periods, with no discomfort or irritation associated with it. On the contrary if you have generally suffered from cramps or general uneasiness during your down days its perfectly normal for you. But that doesn’t mean that you ignore severe cramping or excessive nausea or an inability to function normally during this time. These symptoms may indicate an underlying condition and it is best to check up with your gynecologist rather than brushing it aside as normal.
Maintaining a period calendar generally gives you a good idea if your menstrual cycle is normal or not. Keep a track on how long your period lasts and if it suddenly gets too short for instance say less than 3 days or too long for over 7 days then go in for a consult without fail. Also keep a track of your flow. It is normal to have a heavy flow the first three days and then it tends to come down. But if your flow is too heavy or too light you may have to check with your doc whether everything is fine. It is not at all normal to bleed in between your periods and if you do then you have to get checked ASAP. If you generally have painful and heavy periods its best to avoid fatty foods and sweet during your down days even if you have a craving for it as this can aggravate your pain and flow. Also if you suddenly start a strenuous weight loss work out regime it can affect your menstrual and it is best to start gradually. Thus find out your baseline by maintaining a period calendar and don’t panic upon a slight change.