Periods. Hormones. Cramps. PMS. In some parts of the world, female health is no longer the taboo subject it used to be. In fact, women are now talking more freely about their health with their friends, in magazines and even on social media. By doing so, in time, this constant education and communication will change the narrative around this natural body function, and it will no longer be met with confusion, contempt and fear.

“Women talking about their female related health issues can help to create a more uniformed community, as well as highlight issues such as irregular periods. This will make women who may be affected by such issues more aware that something may not be right with their menstrual cycle,” expresses Rashmita Davechand, brand manager for Gynaecare, a product of Tibb.

Girls usually get their first period between the ages of 11 and 14. A typical menstruation includes bleeding for up to seven days once a month. When a woman reaches menopause, around 51 years of age, her period will become less regular until it stops. “Not all women experience regular menstruation, and this is where communication and education are key,” informs Davechand.

Irregular periods are not to be celebrated even though the thought of not having to deal with cramps and PMS every month might seem like a blessing, this could be a symptom of a thyroid disorder, perimenopause or perhaps polycystic ovarian syndrome. The other downfall is that this could lead to osteoporosis down the line as reduced oestrogen can contribute to bone loss.  A visit with your doctor or gynaecologist is recommended.

On the opposite side of the coin, continued heavy or prolonged periods (menorrhagia) are also a cause for concern. If you have to change your pad, tampon or clean out your menstrual cup every one to two hours, and you bleed for longer than seven days you need to see your doctor. This type of bleeding can be caused by imbalance of hormones, or a problem with the uterus including fibroids, cancer, and pregnancy problems.

The regular flow of your period is very important when it comes to fertility. Both irregular periods and menorrhagia can affect a woman’s chance of falling pregnant, and it is important to address these menstrual issues, before trying to conceive. 

Exercise, a balanced diet and providing your body with what it needs to stay healthy is a step in the right direction, as well as knowing when there is a problem. Using a supplement such as Gynaecare which is a multi-herbal complex formulated with ingredients, can assist women in managing hormone level disturbances that may lead to abnormal menstrual flow (if it is too heavy or too light), and can also provide support in fertility health.

Gynaecare helps with regulating menstrual cycles and controlling PMS related symptoms such as pain, lethargy and stress. “Women need to talk openly about their health, as it is through this that more women become confident and comfortable with their bodies. Communication leads to understanding and awareness in order for women to help themselves, and will create a well-informed community of women,” comments Davechand.

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