10 Myth-Busting Period Facts

What does a ‘normal' period look like?

Truth? There isn't one! 

There is a broad spectrum of what is considered ‘normal’ when it comes to periods and cycles. 

The 28-day cycle example that is often used, is just an average. It is by no means the golden standard by which all cycles should be measured. 

Just like our bodies, our periods and cycles come in a multitude of variations.

Your period is medically recognised as your 5th vital sign of health! I'm talking...

  • Body temperature
  • Pulse rate
  • Respiration rate (rate of breathing)
  • Blood pressure

So it's 'vital' 😉 that you understand what's fact and what's myth so that you have an awareness of what is ‘normal’ for YOU. That way you can quickly notice when something is not normal and seek support.

👉 The Magic of Menstrual Blood: Your Body's Fifth Vital Sign

Let's look at a few of my favourite Cycle Facts to bust a few myths and shed light on what cycles can look like, lets go.....

🩸 Your cycle is not your period! 

It's one phase. I hear people say all the time, ‘I'm on my cycle’, but your cycle is made up of 4 different phases! And day 1 of your cycle starts with the first day you bleed, 

👉 Learn about the phases of your cycle here...

🩸 The 28-day ideal period is a myth.

It's common but is not a benchmark by any means, balanced cycles can range anywhere from 21-35 days. 

If they have changed and are consistently less or consistently more (not just one odd cycle) it may be time to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to take up space at the docs if you are worried. 

🩸 You bleed for 6 years! 

Over the course of your life, you will have an average of 450 periods, over 35 years.

This totals an average of SIX years bleeding, based on a 5-day period!

A long time to spend in discomfort or hating on this phase. Truth? You may never come to love your period, but you can make it more easeful with tracking and charting to balance your inner ecosystem. 

🩸 Bleeding typically lasts between 2 - 7 days. 

Your blood is technically called Menstrual Fluid, a blend of uterine lining, mucus, and vaginal secretions. Periods and cycles can be influenced by factors like illness, stress, and undereating/over-exercising, which might lead to an odd irregular cycle. 

But if the duration of your bleeding has recently and consistently changed (either longer or shorter) do consult with your doctor for guidance.

🩸 Your period should be the consistency of unset jelly mix. 

It may start brown in colour, but by mid-flow, it should be a glossy cherry red. It will then change to brown as your cycle ends. If you use pads the oxygenated blood will appear more brown than if you use cups. And that is totally normal. 

🩸 Clots are normal 

The best way to keep track of this is if you use a moon cup, you get a much better idea of what your period is up to when you can see it in that enclosed form.

It's entirely normal to have blood clots during your period, but should be fairly small, around 1.8cm. If you use a moon cup, you’ll get a much better understanding of your period health as the enclosed structure allows you to keep an eye on the consistency.

🩸 Blood loss varies

On average you will lose about 50 ml/3tbpsn of blood, 10 fully soaked tampons or 5 super tampons.

Most cups have handy measurement marks on the side to help you keep track.

🩸 Periods should come and go with minimal symptoms. 

YES! You heard that right, painful periods are common BUT NOT NORMAL. Yes, there will be mild discomfort and tiredness, but debilitating pain that causes you to take time off work or even end up in A&E is not. 

Part of learning to chart and understand your cycle is that you will have a better awareness of how to optimise your cycle health and nourish your inner ecosystem. 

🩸 Cervical Mucus is NORMAL

Periods, blood & cervical mucus are all very important biomarkers in your cycle. And paying attention to them helps you pinpoint VERY accurately where you are in your cycle.

Around ovulation, it will become thick and clear like egg white,  if you pinch it between thumb and forefinger it's stretchy (yes it did try it) This is what FERTILE mucus looks like!

It acts like a sperm super highway, or like a travelator at an airport! It takes those bad boys where they need to go double quick.

🩸 Ovulation is Queen! 

Periods get all the limelight, but ovulation is actually the main event. No ovulation = no period. So when we talk about supporting your cycle health, what we are actually talking about is supporting your ovulatory health. 

👉 5 Easy ways to support your Menstrual Cycle

I hope your mind is suitably blown by my fave facts!! This is by no means an exhaustive list but they are some of the most important things to be aware of.

The best way to keep track of your cycle is by charting it! And even though apps are handy they can’t tell you how you FEEL! So I am a big fan of the pen and paper variation. 

One of the keys to having more balanced energy levels throughout the month and to help reduce symptoms like PMS is to work cyclically with your body allowing time for what it needs in each phase.

Cyclical living can help you to develop a little more harmony in your inner ecosystem and a little more ease and flow in your life. And it just so happens that I have a free workshop and charting tool to get you started HERE