Trial Version of Menstrual Health Made Easy
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Audio transcript:

The menstrual cycle is a complex mix of hormone changes, physical and mental shifts, that reflects a person’s overall health status.

It can be thought of as a “fifth vital sign,” along with blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

Menstrual irregularities can indicate hormonal imbalances, gynaecological diseases, or infections. Stress, changes in weight or diet, certain medications, and other lifestyle factors can cause temporary changes in the menstrual cycle.

Despite the fact that 50% of the World’s population experience menstruation it was only in 2021 that an official definition of Menstrual Health was agreed upon.

Recently published in the journal Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, menstrual health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in relation to the menstrual cycle.”

The definition also emphasises that whilst the majority of those who experience a menstrual cycle are women and girls, menstrual health is essential for all those who experience a menstrual cycle, regardless of their gender identity and the context in which they live.

Missed periods, heavy periods, painful periods or no periods at all, are all events that mean your body is saying ‘hello I need some help here’.

We need to learn how to speak the language of menstrual health?

During the time we spend together over the coming episodes you will have gone through approximately 2 cycles, so take the opportunity right now to start mapping your menstrual health and learn along the way how to optimise your windows of strength and smooth the zones of vulnerability.

The hormones that drive your period are sensitive to what’s going on elsewhere in your body, all cycle long. In fact, the real hormonal magic really happens during the parts you can’t see.

The part we call ‘beyond the bleed’.

Identifying the best way to support your menstrual health starts with collecting information on yourself.
In the lesson notes there’s a simple printable sheet you can use or design your own, or use a digital tracking system like an app, but whichever way you choose it needs to be intuitive and habit forming, so pick a way that suits you best.
I was never really a journaling kind of person but what I did find easy to do was grab my phone and use the notes app. Super simple. In due course I’ll show you how to start use this information you are recording. But get started now. It may take a couple of cycles to build a clear picture, as some things will be retrospective.

Exercise Files
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