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Your Cycle, Your Care

Your cycle, your care

A woman’s primary health concern that’s different from men is menstrual period and related issues. A menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, but it can vary from 24 days to 35 days, depending on the individual. Bleeding usually lasts around 5 days, but this too can vary, from 2 to 7 days.

When menstruation first starts around the age of 14, it can take up to 2 years to establish a regular cycle. After puberty and before menopause, most women’s menstruation is regular. The length of time between each period is similar.

However, for some women, the time between periods and the amount of blood shed vary considerably. This is known as irregular menstruation. If there are changes in blood flow, or if clots appear that are more than 2.5 centimeters in diameter, this is also considered irregular.

Other common symptoms of the abnormal period are severe period pain, bleeding between the periods and bleeding through nose during menstruation. The abnormal menstrual cycle is often the sign of an unhealthy reproductive system such as PCOS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis and may lead to difficulty to conceive. It can also connect to other health problems such as migraine, thyroid gland problems, and cancer.

Some women have abnormal periods or other related problems so long, so they mistakenly think that condition is normal for them and leave it untreated, this is not only affecting their current quality of life but also potentially harmful for their future health.

So what are the causes of an abnormal cycle, and how can you take care to improve it?

The book of “Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber (Jin Gui Yao Lue”), written early in the third century by Zhang Zhongjing, the great sage of traditional Chinese medicine, said that there were 3 main causes of an abnormal period. They were a deficiency, prolonged coldness, and emotional distress.

How can we address these 3 main causes in our modern lives?

Firstly, our lifestyle….

We tend to sit at a desk too long and have a general lack of exercise. This can let our body rundown and buildup of coldness. On the other hand, some women go to the opposite extreme, they do HIIT (high intensity interval training) 7 days a week while keeping busy with their high achieving career, this is leading to burnout and deficiency.

In the fast-paced world, we are more easy to catch emotional distress but harder to channel the emotions. The solution is having a balanced lifestyle, such as doing yoga, jogging, swimming or other aerobic exercises 3 times a week, 60 mins each time can have a physical and emotional benefit for your body, and prevent the 3 main causes to buildup.

Secondly, the food we eat…

Nowadays, people are skipping breakfast and having brunch instead, then the lunch and dinner time are pushed back accordingly, so when they go to bed their stomach is still working hard to digest the full course dinner. This habit is not following the body biological clock and can lead to poor quality of sleep, overload the digestive system and then eventually result in a deficiency.

Another factor is the temperature of food. We drinking too much chilled water and eating too much cold fruit and salad, which can contribute to prolonged coldness. The suggestion is always having a healthy breakfast, eating less at dinner and go to bed at least 4 hours after dinner. You can also drink warm or room temperature water, and eat room temperature or lightly cooked fruit or salad.

Finally, having regular natural therapy treatments…

Treatments such as chiro, naturopathy, massage or acupuncture can stimulate your self-healing system with different methods. For example, spinal adjustment, diet modification, muscle tension release, or energy flow stimulation. With the help of natural therapies, you will be able to readjust your period to normal and have a more healthy life!

Joseph Zhang is an Acupuncturist at Health Space Kingsford. Contact 02) 9663 2151 to book a consultation with Joseph.

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