What your period wants you to know about your fertility; We might have taken some signs for granted, but they deserve a closer look. Here are a few hints your period might be giving you and what you can do about them.
What is your period trying to tell you about your fertility?
When Aunt Flo isn’t showing up, this could be a sign of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), low body fat, thyroid dysfunction, or stress, all of which could impair one’s fertility.
The two most common reasons you should miss your periods are pregnancy and menopause.
However, if you are too young to have reached menopause and cannot be pregnant, your missed periods could be a sign that you have thyroid problems, a hormonal imbalance that causes cysts to grow on your ovaries (PCOS), or that you are simply under an extreme amount of stress.
What your period
Another possible cause of your period not showing up is your weight; whether you are overweight or underweight, it could affect your fertility.
Being underweight for one BMI can mean having no period; athletes and women who are fitness buffs are prone to having low fat, which could harm their chances of conception.
When your Menstrual period is painful
I will admit that most of my memories of menstruation have been painful. And that is because I have experienced more times when Aunt Flo came with pain than not.
According to doctors, having a painful period could be a sign of endometriosis, fibroids, vaginal scarring, adhesions, etc.
Every month, your uterine muscles contract and relax to expel blood, and these contractions cause almost everyone to experience pain during their period.
However, it should cause some concern if the pain of the period cannot be relieved with common pain medication and the pain is interfering with your daily life, like going to work or socializing.
One of the conditions that an extra-painful period could signify is endometriosis, a silent hormonal disorder that affects more women than is diagnosed.
This condition causes the tissues that should only grow in the womb to grow outside it, and during each menstrual period, they would also bleed, but there is no outlet, so the tissues build up, leading to pelvic pain.
It’s a painful condition; only its sufferer will fully understand its effects. Although there is no cure for endometriosis, there are ways its pain can be assuaged.
Other issues that can cause painful menstruation are fibroids, scar tissue from previous surgeries, or structural abnormalities in your uterus.
When should painful periods be of concern? When it’s been on for three months, standard pain medication isn’t working, and normal daily activities are affected. Then it’s time to talk to your doctor.
When you have Heavy Flows
When you use two to three packs of super sanitary packs in 4 to 5 days of the period, something needs to be better.
I was never close to this state, but I have a close friend whose investment in sanitary pads is alarming. She has resorted to buying in bulk as her cycle has become out of sorts.
When your period feels like someone turned on a tap and forgot to turn it off, it could be a sign of Fibroids, hemophilia, hormone imbalance, or blood thinners.
Most women’s periods would start heavy on the first day and then begin to reduce in heaviness as the days went by.
But when you need a pad change almost every couple of hours or even less, or if you have had a steady flow for more than seven days, your period has crossed the line from “heavy” to “abnormally heavy.”
More so, if you constantly worry about getting stained, it’s considered “extremely heavy,” according to this reproductive endocrinologist who should know, Dr. Aaron K. Styer.
If your period causes you to stress every month, you may have an excess or deficiency of estrogen or progesterone, two hormones that regulate menstruation. Or you have fibroids (yes, these continue to surface).
Non-hormonal birth control methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), may also result in heavy menstrual flow. They may also indicate uterine cancer, though this is uncommon.
Styer recommends you see a doctor once you are changing multiple pads or tampons every hour, regularly bleeding through your clothes, your everyday life is affected during your period, or you are getting dizzy, weak, or constantly out of breath.
This is different from having no period. In this case, your period comes, but it is irregular. For some, Aunt Flo coming every 28 days to start your next period is normal.
All you need is some calculation to determine the number of days in your cycle (you can find a calculation on our website). While it’s normal for women to have as few as nine periods a year, anything fewer than that could indicate you need to see a doctor.
Dr. Styer remarked that not all sudden changes in your menstrual cycle are cause for alarm, as even women whose periods occur on schedule will likely miss a month or two at some point. A woman’s period changes as she ages; therefore, a “normal” period at age 40 could vastly differ from your period at age 30.
Hormonal imbalances and fibroids are the causes of infrequent periods, but polyps (noncancerous growths on the inner lining of the uterus) are also to blame.
To treat polyps, your doctor might prescribe medication that regulates your hormones and reduces the symptoms, or he might remove them through minimally invasive surgery.
These are some things your period, by its presence or otherwise, is trying to tell you about your fertility.
While some people have never paid much attention to their period because they have never had any reason to, for the 1 in 6 moms battling infertility, the period is a big deal. It signals the start of a fresh cycle and new hopes.
Fingers crossed for the best for our TTC moms this year—that Aunt Flo will not just be a reminder that another cycle has been lost.
FAQ – People also ask
What does your period tell you about fertility?
If you get your period every month, you’re ahead of the game regarding your pregnancy chances. But your flow can also offer insight into your fertility—abnormally heavy or light periods can sometimes mean some issues must be solved before conception.
Which period is most fertile?
You’re most fertile at ovulation (when an egg is released from your ovaries), usually 12 to 14 days before your next period starts.
Can you get pregnant five days after your period?
Yes, pregnancy is only possible for six to ten days per cycle, regardless of the cycle length. If you are healthy and ovulating, you are fertile for an average of 6 to 10 days per cycle, regardless of the length of your menstrual cycle. Your fertile window can begin any time following your period’s end.
What is the color of fertility?
Since ancient times, the color orange has represented fertility. It is an uplifting, optimistic hue that combines red (representing love) and yellow (representing joy). Moreover, it stands out, which we believe is particularly significant given that infertility is frequently a private disease.