Menstruation is seen as a crucial illustrator of women’s health. The periodical occurrence (usually averages 28 days) of blood discharge from a woman’s body is considered as a sign of good health.
Similarly, any irregularity and unusual occurrence in the menstrual cycle is considered as a sign of a health disorder or illness.
The topic of women’s health is considered taboo in most societies, and a lack of education regarding women bodily functions is the reason why there is widespread unawareness about how to maintain your menstrual cycle.
Maintaining your menstrual cycle and overall health is crucial to achieve motherhood. A stabilized menstrual cycle leads to a healthier pregnancy and healthier fetus development.
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Is Pregnancy Linked To Menstruation?
The simple answer is yes, but we will look into the matter in detail later. To understand menstruation, we first need to understand the process of ovulation.
As the female body matures, so does the womb and the capability to become a mother. Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary and pushed down, where it becomes available for fertilization via the sperm cell.
An egg will mature within one of the ovaries each month. The egg is released from the ovaries and travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus.
The uterus lining thickens to accommodate the matured egg cell as it awaits fertilization. In case no conception occurs; the thickened uterus lining along with the blood and mature egg is discharged from the body. This process is called menstruation.
The period before menstruation, the ovulation cycle, is the most fertile period for women. The conception of a sperm during this time has a higher chance of fertilizing, and a woman has a greater chance of becoming pregnant.
Fertility probability peaks around the ages of 25-35. This is because periods follow a relatively predictable cycle during this phase of life. Prior adult age, teenage women follow a fluctuating cycle being completely new to the process and often caught up in frenzy and confusion.
Whereas post 35 years of age, women enter what is termed as ‘menopause.’ The human body usually starts to drop from the peak and slows down. The chemical production in the body is also slowed down resulting in a period of non-regular menstrual cycles.
The fertile period for women is determined by the menstrual cycle. According to research, every day of the menstrual period is vital in determining the fertile stage of a woman. However, it must be noted that there is no calendar to map out a menstrual cycle accurately and all common systems are predictive in nature.
Extensive research has gone into highlighting the importance of the menstruation cycle in getting pregnant. Not only does correct awareness raises the chances of conceiving a fetus significantly, but also ensures a healthy mother and child during the course of pregnancy.
How To Maintain A Healthy Menstruation Cycle
Now that we have discussed the underlying importance of a menstrual cycle in getting pregnant, the next question follows is how do we maintain a healthy menstrual cycle?
One thing to keep an eye out for is the fact that every woman is different, and so is her body. These tips are helpful in maintaining a regular periodic cycle but are not a substitute of expert help.
If need be, do not hesitate to contact your gynecologist in case of any unusual irregularity in your menstrual cycle or any other function related to menstruation in general.
Here are some tips that may prove beneficial in maintaining a healthy menstruation cycle:
Enrich Your Diet With Healthy Food
The importance of diet enrichment can’t be emphasized enough. This is the only way to counter your period irregularity and maintain consistency scientifically.
The other way is medication, but with hidden side effects that is not the preferable solution for a long-term healthy menstruation cycle.
Iron should be a staple part of your diet. It supports blood to transport oxygen throughout your body.
When women bleed during menses, they release blood as well as iron in that blood. After a cycle of menses (5-7 days), women are usually weak due to iron deficiency which threatens the body’s immunity system.
You can boost your iron intake through consumption of beef, spinach, lentils, nuts, beans, and seeds.
Don’t let the weight conscious in you deny the importance of healthy fats. Healthy fats provide a wide range of benefits to the body which includes keeping your skin bright, strengthening your muscles and keeping you energized.
Most importantly, they are vital for maintaining the regularity of the menstrual cycle. Not only do they provide necessary calories (of which a woman requires 2,000 a day) but aid your body to absorb essential vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
As the highest plant-based source of iron, raw cacao is laden with health benefits for the human body.
It contains more calcium than cow’s milk and contains ample magnesium. Moreover, it contains 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries.
This ingredient is vital for a menstruating lady. Raw cacao supports hormonal balance and blood circulation while keeping the skin glowing and boosting energy levels during the tiring Post Menstrual Syndrome (PMS).
One tablespoon added to a daily glass of milk or your favorite smoothie does wonder for your health and menstrual cycle.
Work It Off
Exercise is crucial to work off the stress and tension built up in your system – which paves the way for menstrual irregularities and bigger problems.
Whether it’s stretching yourself out on a yoga matt or tiring yourself in the local gym or a walk in the park – shifting focus to physical activity is essential to release destressing endorphins that fight stress and elevate your mood.
Take It Easy
I know what you’re thinking: easier said than done, right?
While it’s certainly never easy, it is essential to take care of yourself and relax – the latter being the most important. PMS thrives on anxiety and can have detrimental, long-lasting effects on your hormonal balance. Giving it access to peace of your mind can lead to depression.
Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, go for a walk – in short, do what you find pleasing. If you face long office hours, have ample food and take a short break when the load gets too much to bear.
Maintaining a calm and contented state of well-being goes a long way in reducing stress and its effects.
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