Ask any woman what their least favorite time of the month is, and they will likely tell you it’s their time of the month. While most women try to take their minds off of their periods, they should be paying close attention to them – they could be telling you a lot about your hormonal health.

Keep an eye on these three things that your monthly visitor may be telling you:

Pain

More than 50 percent of women experience menstrual cramps during their time of the month. While cramping is normal, severe, disabling cramps in your lower abdomen is not. If you are experiencing this type of pain, you may suffer from endometriosis: a condition which causes the tissue normally found on the inside of your uterus to grow outside of your uterus.

Color

According to holistic health counselor Alisa Vitti, the color of most periods can be described in one of three ways: frozen blueberries, strawberry jam, and cranberry juice. While it may not be appetizing to think of your menstrual cycle in terms of fruit, the color of your blood could be telling you something:

  • “Frozen blueberry” texture and color is an indicator of high estrogen levels.

  • “Strawberry jam” is usually a sign of low estrogen levels, which can lead to vaginal dryness, low libido, and fatigue.

  • “Cranberry juice” periods are considered normal, and tend to start and end on time.

Frequency

Most women experience their periods every 21 to 35 days, with the menstrual flow lasting anywhere from two to seven days. As you age, these cycles tend to occur more and more frequently. Irregular periods, including spotting in between your periods, could signify excessive drinking, weight loss, or stress. If you are experiencing an abnormality in the frequency of your periods, consult with your doctor.

Is your period making you worry about your hormonal health? If you live on Long Island, contact the hormone specialists at NuWave Medical, PLLC. Call us today at (631) 343-7144 to schedule your appointment.