Yep that’s right, I’m sure as women we’ve all felt that a monthly bleed was inconvenient & annoying, but hear me out. Your period is so much more than a monthly bleed; it is giving you valuable information about your health.
The color, consistency, pain, length & emotions that arise are all indicators of your hormonal balance.
A fabulous way to take note of your period is by using a Hello Cup. We can literally see the amount, consistency & color using a cup as opposed to pads & tampons.
Let's talk periods….
Your period shouldn’t leave you in the fetal position on the couch. It should really show up unannounced without pain or feeling depleted.
Sure, any woman can experience the odd irregular cycle, slightly more ‘crampy’ than normal period, or a minor mood fluctuation in the latter couple of weeks of her cycle – however, experiencing a regular problem and/or discomfort, though common, is most definitely not normal and therefore should be assessed by a health professional so it can be resolved.
Female reproductive cycle issues can come in a range of shapes and sizes, some of the most common seen clinically are listed below:
What’s your period telling you?
Color & Consistency
A bright red color - as in fire-engine-truck red - is no need to sound the sirens. Bright red blood often means that you are simply at the beginning of your cycle. The fresher the blood is, the more red it’s going to be.
Brownish blood is basically just older blood that’s been in your uterus for a lot longer than fresh blood. It’s had a chance to oxidize, so it’s not as bright. It is quite normal to notice this towards the end of your period.
Light pink can indicate low estrogen, especially if you only have 1-2 days of light bleeding.
Dark red to purple is often seen in very heavy periods, alongside blood clots tell me that there maybe too much estrogen.
Grey discharge can indicate bacterial vaginosis infection – see your GP.
When your uterus contracts to shed its lining during your period, it releases hormone-like substances called prostaglandins—and the more of those that your body releases, the more painful your cramps will be.
High prostaglandin levels can be caused by imbalances in oestrogen or progesterone, the major hormones that control the menstrual cycle.
If they are incredibly painful, they could be a symptom of endometriosis, which occurs when cells that normally line the inside of your uterus grow outside of it, too.
Period poop – it’s a thing. For the record, a change in the consistency, frequency, and smell of your poop during your period is very common.
Blame prostaglandins. Too many prostoglandings = diarrhoea. Too little = constipation.
We often see bowel pain & IBS symptoms with endometriosis. We have some fabulous probiotics that help down regulate the inflammation in the bowel.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Your body typically balances progesterone and estrogen, the two hormones that play the biggest roles in menstruation.
However, too much estrogen can lead to a thickened uterine lining. This can cause heavy bleeding as the lining is eliminated during your period.
An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroid) may also cause heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding.
A heavy period is defined as excessive menstrual blood loss that interferes with a woman's physical, social or emotional quality of life
Heavy periods may also lead to complications like iron deficiency anemia and associated conditions, including severe pain and menstrual cramps.
There are a few reasons why you may not be having a regular cycle:
It is my mission to educate women about their own body so that they can identify the difference between common & normal. Heavy painful periods, acne, anxiety or discomfort due to a hormone imbalance in not part of being a woman, these a simply messages from your body telling you something needs to change.
Gina Rose xx
Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique. For your individual health concerns, it is important to discuss these with a relevant health professional.
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Vaginal cup, period cup, menstrual cup... Whatever you call it, The Hello Cup is a great choice.
It’s worth remembering that we don’t recommend buying your cup based on your flow alone. Instead, sizing is based on fitness and age.
Our XS is our smallest, softest cup. It’s the perfect choice for teenagers, petite users or those who prefer a ‘mini’ tampon.
Our S/M is our ‘one size fits most’ menstrual cup. We recommend it for users under 35 – regardless of whether they have had children or not.
Our L (L for ‘Lovely’) is best for those over 35 who feel it’s a bit more roomy up there.
It’s worth noting that we find physically fit people are often best suited to the S/M regardless of age. If you’re uncertain, Hello Double Boxes are a great option to help you find which size works best for you. Many people find they can wear two sizes.
Check out our full size guide and quiz here.
Diameter – Regular Hello Cups
The diameter of the XS is 38mm and the overall length including the toggle is 57mm. It holds 17.5ml (to the holes).
The diameter of the S/M is 41mm and the overall length, including the toggle, is 59mm. It holds 21mls (to the holes).
The diameter of the L is 45mm and the overall length, including the toggle, is 64mm. It holds 28ml (to the holes).
Diameter – Low Cervix Hello Cups
The diameter of the S/M is 41mm and the overall length (no toggle) is 43mm. It holds 21mls (to the holes).
The diameter of the L is 45mm and the overall length (no toggle) is 49mm. It holds 28ml (to the holes).
Drop us a line if you have any questions about sizing – email@example.com.