A simple guide to normal and abnormal menstruation.

The overall health of women is connected to their menstrual cycle. Any irregularities in the menstruation can be the depiction of unhealthy bodily functions and mental health issues. Abnormal periods can be a symptom of several menstrual disorders or can result in it. 

Every woman of childbearing age should be aware of abnormalities in menstruation. So you can track any kind of changes immediately and start treatment or preventive measures. 

In this article, we will help you figure out what exactly is normal and abnormal menstruation. 

Quick facts on normal and abnormal menstruation

  • The length of the menstrual phase can be different in each woman
  • The length of the menstrual cycle will decrease as you are ageing. 
  • The average duration of periods is 2-7 days a month.
  • If the bleeding is for less than 2 days or more than 7 days, there are some irregularities in your menstruation
  • During normal menstruation, the blood does not clot.
  • Excessive bleeding can lead to blood clotting.
  • The amount of blood released during regular periods is 40cc: 90% in the first three days.
  • There can be a difference in your menses based on racial differences.
  • The discharge is not 100% blood, but 25% or more of it is endometrial tissue and mucus.
  • Acyclical bleeding is when discharge starts before the beginning of the menstrual cycle or after menopause.
  • Abnormal menstruation is when there is discharge outside your expected time of the month.
  • If you don’t have menstruation every month, it is also considered as menstrual irregularity.
  • Not getting menstruation once in a while is considered normal. However, women should give good care and pay more attention to their body.
  • There is a significant shift at the start of the menstrual age. Girls from the age of 8 are starting to get their periods. 
  • Menopause can begin in your mid-40s, and the average age for menopause is 51 years.
  • Sexual relations, overweight, hormonal imbalances, infections and medications for diseases can cause menstrual irregularities.

Every woman might have suffered from some kind of menstrual abnormality at least once in their lifetime.

However, continuous abnormalities in your periods can be symptoms of several diseases in your body, including PCOS. If not treated well, the condition can affect your reproductive ability and lead to other diseases. Take good care of your body, maintain feminine hygiene and eat healthy to stay healthy. 

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