From growing up to menopause, menstrual cycles form the core of a woman’s life. Menstrual cycles are important as they are the guiding factors for ovulation and other hormonal changes in a woman’s body. They prepare the body for procreation. But have you ever observed them?
Every woman goes through menstruation once a month from puberty to menopause, which is approximately 40 years. Each woman has a different cycle and periods can last between 2-7 days. A normal cycle is between 21-35 days.
And during different stages and age groups, women experience the cycle in a different manner. Observations show that the cycles are longer in the initial years and later they keep getting shorter and more regular. Even the number of days women have periods change. Some might miss their periods; others have unpredictable bleeding (varying between light and heavy). Some women have a lot of pain and then there are the mood swings. For new mothers, the cycle has other issues. Women who take birth pills or have intrauterine devices (IUDs) also go through a change in menstrual cycles. While most of these might not be serious, there are possibilities of health problems creeping in if one does not pay attention to them.
So, if you are experiencing any discomfort, the best way to track this discomfort is by tracking your cycles:
- You need a calendar. You could use Google calendar or do this on a notebook.
- Note down the dates. This will indicate your pattern—the number of days you have the periods.
- The flow—is it light or heavy? Does this vary over months? How many times do you change sanitary napkins in the day? If you are using menstrual cups, then how many times you needed to empty it. Are there clots? Or is it smooth flow?
- Some might be bleeding between periods also. This isn’t normal.
- Do you have pain? If yes, what kind of pain? Where is it exactly?
- Have you noticed any mood swings or change in behaviors before, during or after the periods?
If you are uncertain about anything, it’s best to consult a doctor at the earliest.
Some common irregularities are:
- Missed periods could signal pregnancy. Menses also get disrupted during the breast feeding phase.
- A shift in weight, that is extreme loss, can also bring a change in cycles. On the other hand, excessive exercise can also cause issues.
- If you have an eating disorder, then also the cycle gets disrupted.
- Another cause is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is an endocrine system disorder. In this, there is an ovarian failure as ovaries get affected by cysts. Also seen are enlarged ovaries with small collections of fluid. These are called follicles. PCOS has been the bane of many women in childbearing age. With increased levels of male hormones, they face issues related to acne, excess facial or body hair growth, dark patches around the underarms-neck-private parts, pelvic pain, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, lipid abnormalities and more.
- There could also be premature ovarian failure that is loss of ovarian function before the age of 40.
- Irregular menstrual bleeding also happens when there is a Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), infection of the reproductive organs.
- Any growth in the uterus or Uterine fibroids can cause heavy or prolonged periods.
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1. Namyaa Aarthava Kshaya is mainly for women suffering from PCOD and PCOS. The tablets are made from certified Ayurvedic herbs, extracts and oils such as Sahastravedi, Pippali, Neem, Aloe Vera, Varuna, Kultha, Kanchnar etc.
These tablets treat the root cause of this disease, which is hormonal imbalance. Based on the principles of Aurveda, they also correct the tridosha (vata-pitta-kapha) imbalance and improve fertility and immunity. With regular dosage, there is timely ovulation. This balances the menstrual cycle. An added benefit is that it eliminates toxins (ama) and improves metabolism rate. And that helps in weight control.
2. Namyaa Anartava is an Ayurvedic syrup for delayed and irregular periods. Absence of periods is known as Amenorrhea in clinical diagnosis and anartava in Ayurveda. Packed with the goodness of Aloe Vera, Pippali, Karanja, Krishna-Tila, Kultha and other rare herbs, this syrup helps regularise periods. Simultaneously, it pacifies vata and kapha doshas. It restores the natural balance and timely ovulation. Along the way, it removes toxins and purifies the blood.
3. Namyaa Shwetkanika tablets control vaginal white discharge. These are made of herbs such as Ashoka, Daruharidra, Guduchi, Jeereka, Lodhra, etc. This discharge is a result of a reaction of the organism that is known controls vagina’s cleaning and protective function. If left untreated, it could lead to severe infections. Common symptoms are itching, stomach pain, burning sensation during urination, painful intercourse and urination, dark urine or blood drops, fatigue etc. Some known reasons for these anomalies are acidc soaps, antibiotics, steroids, contraception.
Regular dosage of Namyaaa Shwetkanika helps in eliminating the root cause. It heals the internal inflammation and infection, eliminates the unwanted smell, itching and burning sensations. It restores the vagina’s pH balance and balances the doshas.