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Managing your period

Doubting your menstrual cycle, wondering what's going on with your body, and constantly comparing your own cycle to others. Recognizable? Then we hope this blog helps you clarify some things. In this week's blog, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about menstruation. Find out why some women have irregular periods and what might promote regular periods.

Written by
Yanti Rangkuti

What is a normal cycle?

The menstrual cycle is defined as the time between the end of our last period and the beginning of our next. We don't like to use the term "normal" because everyone is a little different. Some people have a 21-day cycle; other cycles can last up to 40 days.
The average menstrual cycle usually lasts about 28 days.
In terms of our periods, we can bleed from 2 to 7 days and lose about 50 to 60 milliliters of blood (although it can feel like much more).

Why do some people have irregular periods?

The medical term for consistent irregular menstruation is oligomenorrhea.
Having a cycle with less than 21 days between periods or with more than 40 days, is defined as irregular menstruation. Usually it is nothing to worry about (especially if your period started less than 2 years ago or you recently had a baby), but it can make managing your period difficult.
It is often difficult to determine what causes irregular periods, although they are to be expected during puberty and menopause.
Other factors include busy times, being gloomy, some contraceptive methods, unexpected weight loss (or gain), bowel problems and excessive exercise, may also possibly affect the menstrual cycle.

How can we manage irregular periods?

Irregular cycles are generally not treated, they usually last for a short period of time and usually disappear on their own. If your periods begin to interfere with your daily activities because of irregularity, contraception is often prescribed to help regulate them.
Some women may find that contraception has its own unpleasant side effects and may want to consider a more natural approach. The following tips might promote regular menstruation:

1. Consider your diet

It may sound basic, but it's very important. Consuming the right foods can greatly impact your health.
Learn to love good fats - Healthy fats are essential. They can be found in avocados, salmon, cold-pressed oils, and unsalted nuts and seeds. 
Try to eat more fruits and vegetables - Some fruits and veggies are known to be beneficial for regulating menstruation: figs may help with this.

2. Find exercises that work for you

Exercise in general is great for both mental and physical health.
During our period, it can be challenging to find the motivation to workout. Gentle activity like swimming and yoga are great ways to get moving as they don't focus on resistance.
Child's Pose, Pigeon Pose, Cat-Cow Pose, or Reclining Twist, may relieve discomfort around menstruation. For inspiration, check out the video below:

3. Consider taking supplements

Fem Rebalance
can promote normal and regular menstruation. This high-quality product has been developed by Dr. Tori Hudson who has specialised in women’s health for over 25 years.
Another supplement you could try is
. If you are looking for the right magnesium that relieves discomfort around menstruation, make sure it contains glycinate or bisglycinate.

Here are three sustainable products that could help you manage your period:

Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are both eco-friendly and budget-friendly (in the long-term), but there are plenty of other reasons to opt for them:
You can insert the cup as soon as you notice the early signs of your periods. When it is inserted properly you shouldn't feel it, and it creates a seal making it safe for swimming.
It is recommended that you empty and clean your menstrual cup at least once every twelve hours, and it's a great option for sleeping in.
Frances has personal experience using
(formerly OrganiCup), and Lee will be trying out
very soon!

Organic tampons

We prefer spending a little extra on organic tampons, because they are said to be better for both the environment and our bodies. Look for tampons that are made from organically grown cotton, free from chemicals and fragrances, hypoallergenic, and gynaecologically tested. There’s a few brands out there such as
, and

Period underwear

If you’re not keen on tampons or other insertables, a great alternative is period underwear. Underpants designed to absorb and hold blood just like a pad. There are different pants for different days of your period to help manage the heaviest flow and lighter days. 
is a well known brand of period pants, they have a range styles to suit your preference!
If you need help finding the right products to support your menstrual cycle, please feel free to
contact us
. Our team of practitioners will be happy to help.