The Female Menstrual Cycle

The female menstrual cycle is something that is common yet intriguing for women as different symptoms and changes can happen to your body.

Controlled by hormones, the menstrual cycle rise levels of the hormone estrogen in each cycle, causing the ovary to develop and release an egg. This process is called ovulation. The womb lining also starts to thicken.

The hormones are also responsible for the preparation of pregnancy, if the egg isn’t fertilized, the lining of the uterus sheds and bleeding will occur through the vagina.

What is a regular menstrual cycle?

The menstrual cycle occurs from the first day, or beginning of the period to the beginning of the next period. The cycle differs in every woman. Menstrual flow usually occurs every 21 to 35 days.

It is common to have longer cycles, but it becomes more regular as they age. The term normal is different for every person as people’s menstrual can depend on the duration, quantity and seamlessness.

Just like when you first get your period, you will get irregular menstruation when you are getting close to menopause.

Tracking your menstrual cycle

Keeping a record of your menstrual cycle in the calendar is the easiest way to monitor and regulate your cycle. There are lots of ovulation trackers to help you record the date. Begin by following your start date every month to identify the regularity of your periods.

You should be concerned if:

  • The period stops for 90 days
  • Irregular periods after several regular period cycles
  • Bleed for more than seven days
  • Bleed more than usual
  • Short durations of time between cycles
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Severe pain during your period

It is best to consult your healthcare provider if these occur. You can book a doctor’s appointment with the Okadoc app using one easy tap.