You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: everyone’s cycle is different. Because of that, people tend to think that what is common for them is normal. But despite the range in people’s menstrual cycles and symptoms, there actually is such a thing as a normal period and cycle, and that standard doesn’t vary person to person. In this case, normal means healthy, and a healthy cycle is shaped by these factors:
- cycle frequency and duration
- quality and quantity of blood flow
- the color and clottiness of your blood
- cramps (or lack thereof)
- PMS symptoms (or lack thereof)
Throughout this guide, we’ll unpack what a healthy cycle looks and feels like and we’ll teach you how to read your own. As we explain the causes for abnormal flow, blood color, symptoms and more, you’ll begin to understand what these markers are telling you not only about your cycle but also about your overall health.
You might be tempted to Google ways to ‘fix’ whatever you’ve identified. A word of caution: there is no miracle cure and self-diagnosing can be dangerous if you don’t have complete information. We are confident that you can improve your cycle (our founder has helped over ten thousand women do so!) but we know that it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and requires behavioral changes, not just popping a pill.
At the end of each article in this guide, we’ll provide recommendations as per what you can do to improve your cycle – but the first step is knowing where you currently stand and why.