If you experience a heavy bleed…
If you’re going through a pad every two hours, this is a sign you’re experiencing a heavy bleed and it’s depleting your body of its essential resources. Heavy bleeding generally suggests you have elevated oestrogen levels and can also be a sign of endometriosis, which can lead to infertility problems. Drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet can help your body detoxify and lower oestrogen levels.

If you experience a light bleed…
Although this is often considered a blessing, a light period can mean that your uterine lining isn’t as thick as it needs to be for the best chance of getting pregnant. Eating plenty of protein and fat can help stabilise your hormone production and boost oestrogen levels to encourage a more consistent flow and thicker lining.

If you bleed a brown-ish colour…
The colour of period blood can change throughout your cycle, and brown-ish colouring is normal toward the beginning and end of the cycle. It’s usually oxidised blood caused by low-levels of progesterone - help up these levels by taking B6 supplements or eating eggs with the yolk.

If you bleed for a prolonged period of time...
Anything longer than 7 days is considered prolonged bleeding. A long period suggests ovulation is not occurring regularly or something is disrupting the uterine lining. Causes can include thyroid gland irregularities, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or elevated hormone levels.

If you suffer from bad cramps…
Cramps are actually your uterine wall muscles in spasm as they try to loosen stale, stagnant blood for a fresh and healthy lining. Severe cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, suggest that this isn’t happening effectively, meaning your uterine lining isn’t at its best form, potentially leading to conception difficulties.

If your periods are irregular…
It’s normal for periods to be a few days late or early each month, if a little inconvenient. Stress and weight can have a huge impact on regularity. However if your period is happening more often than once a month, or you’ll go by months without having one at all, this is a sign something isn’t working right and that your menstrual cycle is too
short or long. This can be caused by PCOS or thyroid gland irregularities; eat plenty of marine-sourced vegetables - such as nori which you will recognise as sushi wrapper - and make sure your salt contains iodine to support your thyroid.

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