As a woman, it is important that we know what is going on with our body especially the organ system that make us unique and special. Being familiar with our own menstrual cycle will lead us to a healthier, fulfilling and happier marriage life.
Our menstrual cycle is restricted by our hormones. The changes happen in the reproductive system and other systems (responsible for mood swings and breast tenderness). A woman's first menstrual period is called menarche and it usually happens around the age of 12. The end of a woman's menstrual cycle is what we call menopause which usually occurs at the age of 45. Menarche and menopause are both natural part of a woman's life.
Menopause can happen earlier via surgery like hysterectomy and may also happen through chemicals if a woman is undergoing chemotherapies. In every cycle, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands are the ones responsible in sending hormone signals to the ovaries. These signals get the ovaries prepared for a possible pregnancy. The estrogen is responsible for building up the inside layer of the uterus while the progesterone is in charge of growing after the ovaries release an egg which is what we call the ovulation. A fall in progesterone causes the lining to lose. This is when a menstrual period begins.
A change of hormone level has an effect to a woman's fertility. The menstrual cycle begins at Day 1 of menstrual period to Day 1 of the next menstrual period. The most common cycle is 28 days but it is also normal to experience a 21-day cycle or 35-day cycle. For a teen who have low or changing progesterone level, a standard cycle can last up to 45 days.
If you notice changes in your menstrual cycle and you feel and have observed that it is beyond normal and are heavy, it is recommended that you visit your doctor as they could be signs of abnormalities and imbalance. If you are taking a birth control pill, of losing weight or are obese, undergoing a low fat diet or taking very hard exercises and strenuous activities, expect changes in your menstrual cycle. Being healthy in the outside doesn't always follow that you are healthy on the inside.
Take care of your reproductive system. It is our edge. It creates miracles and it is the organ of productivity which often leads to a happier and successful marriage.