Most of us piece together what our bodies should be doing based on info from our high school sex ed class, our mothers, and our girlfriends. The taboo around "down-there" must have an awfully strong grip. In my practice, I regularly see just how unsure young women are of their bodies. Worse, some are too uncomfortable or afraid to even ask their doctor. Moreover, there is a pervading fear that somehow our periods make us weak and slow us down. I get it, I was there too once - but it's just silly! Like it or lump it, if you are a woman and you want a healthy body - you have to know what's going on "down there".
A healthy period is an important indicator for the overall health of women. From an evolutionary point of view, women's bodies are the ones that do the lion's share of the reproductive work of the human species, so it makes sense that our bodies got tricked out with all the bells and whistles to ensure a healthy child. Unhealthy periods = unhealthy fertility = unhealthy... babies?! Even if you are the type to not want to have kids - symptoms of unhealthy periods are just not fun to live with.
Sound like you? Probably not. Up to 80% of women suffer from some combination of PMS symptoms! 80%!!! No wonder nobody knows what a healthy period looks like: nobody has one! With such a large incidence rate, it is a wonder more is not done to educate women so they can heal this aspect of themselves.
In 1998, 1052 US women were call up and asked about their periods. Whether they labeled themselves with PMS or not, 58% of 'em experienced symptoms prior to their menstrual cycle that are commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome.
Of course, medicine, has a few terms of its own that indicate something is wrong:
If you have any of these concerns - don't panic. There are many easy and natural strategies for straightening things out. You are not alone (remember the 80%?). But, it's time for you to start thinking of your period like an extra light on your health "dashboard"!
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