What does a fertility-friendly period look like?
Do you wonder if your period is healthy or whether its affecting your ability to get pregnant?
Your period not only influences how prepared your womb is for implantation and pregnancy, it also reveals important information about your period.
Learn my 6 basic parameters of a healthy cycle in this video:
A lot of women ask me, "What does a healthy period look like?" They've heard me talk about how it's so important to have a healthy period, and that is the first step to having a healthy, fertile cycle, so naturally they want to know what does a healthy period look like. You're probably wondering this as well.
First of all, I just want to emphasize why it's so important to have a healthy period because this is when your uterus is cleaning itself out so that implantation and pregnancy can occur.
If your uterus is not cleaned out and there's a lot of residual tissue that hasn't sloughed off, and you may have some polyps or scar tissue or other accumulations that would block being able to have a healthy implantation occur or pregnancy so that the embryo, you're little growing baby, can get really healthy nutrients and secure itself to your womb. So it's really important to have a nice clean uterus and that is the job of the period, to clean the uterus out.
But also during your period, the body's giving you really important feedback, revealing just how fertile your cycle is. If you have a lot of clots or you have a lot pain or your flow is really dark or your flow is really light or your periods are super heavy or your periods are super light, then these are clues that your body is giving you about how fertile you are, how healthy your cycle is, how fertile your cycle is and so forth. So your period is really important. There's a lot of really important information and it has a really important job to make sure that your uterus is nice and clean.
So, just to give you some general guidelines about what a healthy period looks like. First of all, we'll talk about length. I'd like to talk about the length of your period, the amount of flow you have, the color of your flow, the texture of your flow, how frequent your period is, and how severe the signs are. These are the six major categories that I'm looking at when I'm looking at the health of a period.
Let's start with the length of your period. You should have about two to four days of substantial flow without spotting beforehand. Maybe just a little bit of spotting, but generally your period should just kick in and the flow should start. It's completely normal to have some spotting after your period begins to taper, but it should be mild. It shouldn't go on for days and days and days, it should take about a day or two to taper after the flow has tapered off.
By substantial flow, I mean enough of a flow to actually warrant needing a pad or a tampon, to wear something, or if you use the Diva Cup. I don't generally go by teaspoons because who actually measures their flow with a teaspoon or tablespoon. I would say it should be enough to actually need to switch out a tampon or a pad at least two or three times a day, but not so heavy that it's difficult to manager your flow and that it's just overwhelming and you're leaking and you can hardly keep up with it. You should have about two to four days of substantial flow and it should be a moderate amount of flow.
Then, we go for the color. The color of your flow should mostly be a deep or fresh red. Now of course, its normal for it when it's tapering off to be a little bit on the brownish side or have maybe a little bit of darker color red or maroon color, but in general, the majority of the flow should be a fresh red or a deep, fresh red color, not so blackish or really dark red or brown or maroon-ish. If a lot of your flow is a darker color like that, then that's an indication that you could have improved circulation to your uterine lining.
Now the texture of the flow should be thicker than blood, but not necessarily like mucous. It's normal to have some clots, but it should be mild clotting, just a few small clots, like pea-sized or smaller. But if you're having a lot of clots or a lot of clumps of tissue or it's very mucous-y, then that's not ideal texture. It should be thicker than water, have some substantial weight to it, but without it being clotty, tissue, mucous-y.
Then the frequency, you should be getting your period every 28 to 32 days. If you're getting it less than 28 days, if your getting it 26 days or 25 days or every 23 days, then that means your follicular phase is short or your luteal phase are short or possibly both phases are short. You really don't want it to come any less than every 28 days and no longer than every 32 days. So that's ideal that it comes within that 28 to 32 day window. If it was picture perfect, textbook perfect, it would come every 28 days, but of course, we're not always a textbook, we don't always get it perfectly on the dot every 28 days, but that's the ideal.
If you have PMS symptoms, of course it's normal to have some mild bloating, cramping, low back pain, and so forth, but the severity of the symptoms should be just that, mild. You should ideally not need to take any ibuprofen or any kind of medication like that and it is best to avoid it if possible. Sometimes you have to take it to get through the workday or just to function, but if you don't have to take it, it's better to use a heating pad, something else to manage any discomfort because medications like ibuprofen, Motrin, et cetera, Tylenol, these things can actually disrupt your hormones and can actually also stop your flow so that you're not cleaning your uterus out effectively.
If it's at all possible to avoid taking those medications, then I would encourage you to avoid taking them, but in general, a healthy period would not have very severe symptoms but just mild, normal symptoms that can come with a period.
All right, so that is a summary of what a healthy period should look like, a very common question that I get. Of course, a healthy period and a healthy cycle is one of the most important steps to getting pregnant, it's the foundation of your body being pregnancy-ready. In fact, this is the first step in my four-step method to getting pregnant in an easier, healthy, more affordable way. The first step is to establish a healthy cycle and a healthy period and learn how to read the signs that your period is telling you about your fertility, about your ability to get pregnant and about your general health.
Our period actually tells us so much about the health of our whole body, like our digestion and so forth. Our periods have a lot of information. In my program, Fertility Activation Method, my online program, the fertility pressure points I teach help to bring the four phases of your cycle and your period into balance. So if you want to learn more about my four-step method to getting pregnant easier, healthier, more affordable way, then I would encourage you to sign up for the masterclass.
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