It is a common misconception to use "menstrual cycle" to describe the one dreaded week in the month where (I feel) we should be having a Red Tent experience. In actuality our menstrual cycle consists of 4 weeks, and our menstrual phase is the one week we bleed. But is it really that bad? For some yes! The health of our uterus contributes greatly to the amount of discomfort we experience during our menstrual phase. If you are suffering from conditions such as menorrhagia, fibroids, or endometriosis, periods can be brutal! In these rare cases you should consult with a holistic medical practitioner to explore relief options. For others, a change in diet and increasing physical activity works wonders!
So what is actually happening? Every month a females womb, in her childbearing years, prepares for pregnancy by the endometrium lining thickening for nurturing a fertilized egg. When there is no embryo to implant, the uterus then sheds the lining/tissue. Menstrual blood, tissue, and discharge flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix and passes out of the body through the vagina. Most of the discomfort felt during this time is due to the uterus contracting (cramps) to purge out the lining/tissue. Cramping is triggered from a hormone called prostaglandins (PG), the higher the levels the more severe the cramping. Typically only 6 - 8 teaspoons of blood is passed during this phase.
As discussed in last weeks post, regular periods, in addition to the amount of fluids discharged, provide a monthly wellness check to your heath. This is your body, take time to listen to her, look at her, love on her...she'll always tell you what she needs. 💖