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.
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,
🩸 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.