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MENSTRUATION THREAD

1. Track your menstrual cycle! It’s important to know if any changes happen.

2. Each month one of your ovaries releases an egg. This is a process called ovulation.
If ovulation takes place and the egg isn't fertilized, the lining of the uterus sheds through the vagina. This is a menstrual period. (period)

3. Your menstrual cycle is counted from first day of one period to the first day of the next.
4. Menstrual flow might occur every 21 to 35 days and last two to seven days.

5. For the first few years after menstruation begins, long cycles are common. Menstrual cycles tend to shorten and become more regular as you age.
6. Your period can be long or short, painful or painless, regular or somewhat irregular and light or heavy.

7. NORMAL IS WHATS NORMAL FOR YOU!!
8. When you get close to menopause, your cycle might become irregular again. The risk of uterine cancer increases as you age, discuss any irregular bleeding around menopause with your health care provider.
9. Make note of the following:
• End date - How long does your period last?
• Flow - Does it seem more lighter or heavier than usual?
• Abnormal Bleeding - Are you bleeding in between periods?
• Pain - Does the pain feel worse than usual?
What causes menstual cycle irregularities?
• Pregnancy or breastfeeding - A missed period can be an early sign of pregnancy. Breast-feeding typically delays the return of menstruation after pregnancy.
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) - Can cause irregular menstrual bleeding.
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - May have irregular periods
- Enlarged ovaries that contain fluid called follicles.
• Eating disorders, extreme weight loss or excessive exercising
• Premature ovarian failure - loss of normal ovarian function before age 40
With premature ovarian failure you might have irregular or occasional periods for years.

10. Birth control pills help regulate periods.

11. Women lose about 30 mL to 45 mL (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) of blood during a period.

12. Pooping more on your period is normal & common.
13. The average fertile window lasts about six days, the greatest chance of conception is in the two days before ovulation.
14. After ovulation, cervical mucus is no longer wet or slippery. This creamy cervical mucus is considered non-fertile because it makes it more difficult for sperm to reach your egg.
15. Creamy cervical mucus can be a pearly white or creamy yellow. It's thick and feels like lotion when rubbed between your fingers.

16. You’ll have different types of discharge throughout your cycle.
17. Discharge:
• Egg White - Stretchy, slippery, wet, translucent and like the uncooked white of an egg.
- Leading up to the day of ovulation.
• Sticky - Gummy, rubbery but not wet.
- Days after your period.
• Creamy - Smooth like hand lotion, may be watery or thin.
- May happen a few days after your period and leading up to the time before ovulation.
• Atypical - Something unusual or unexpected.
- Chunky, Foamy.
- Foul smell, like fish.
- color, green.
18. Discharge is normal! It’s what cleans the vagina

Beware of unnormal discharge
19. Use plain, unperfumed soaps to clean your vagina. A few swipes over your bits should be fine and then rinse well.
20. A few ways to ease period cramps:
• Heating pads
• Exercising
• Massage the area
• I personally stretch my stomach and it helps (lean my back over something)
If you think something is off down there please see a gynecologist!
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