What do you remember about sex ed?
Giggles? Embarrassment? Curiosity?
If you are a female reading this, what do you remember ever being taught about your menstrual cycle?
According to the 100s of women I have coached over the last 16 years, I can safely say north of 80% was never talked to about their cycle. The introduction of birth control and its use by women has translated to many women who simply do not know what is normal or not normal once they stop birth control in regards to a menstrual cycle.
The 28-day cycle is experienced by about 10-15% of women, according to a few of the books, “Beyond The Pill” by Dr. Brighten, to name one, and Google rabbit hole dives I partook on during my continuing education/research day, that the rest fall between 26-36 days.
Something else to consider is your cycle highly individualized, which means customary to you might not be to your bestie or friends you compare yours against to ascertain “normal.”
Tracking your period to make sure it is somewhere in a consistent 26-36 day range is where modern tech innovation is an integral part of monitoring your health to help gather information to be educated on what moves to make next.
If your periods are non-existent or you do not know when they are coming, you should consider tracking your period with an app to begin to gather data to make informed decisions off of. It is important to note a period is a sign of health and metabolism.
I use two means to help female clients understand where to start approaching their medical provider. Collaboration with your doctor is essential for a person when dealing with hormones and what to do next to restore health and balance to them.
They are a DUTCH urine test or a complete and thorough blood work panel.
Both serve their place, and both can help, but in some cases, you might select the DUTCH as in the case of no period to trace where the problem is as the DUTCH test is a monster of information beyond helpful.
With technology constantly innovating and entering the age of rapid data exchange and information-seeking, there are some great tools out there to use and have to better understand your health and hormone health.