What your Age says about your Period
A woman’s menstrual cycle is unique to her, still, the symptoms changes as they age ranging from mild cramps to heavy flow to premenstrual syndrome mood swings. These changes are often unexpected and can be pretty confusing. For some, seeing their period is never fun due to pains and long lasting floor, while others have a mild menstrual cramp, four to five days of a normal flow, then it suddenly changes to severe pain and a full week of flow. These experiences can be tiring, but you need to understand outside any underlying issue, age is simply the reason for those changes.
Most people have no idea of what to expect, but here is a guide on what you should expect in your 20s, 30s, and 40s- and meaning to changes in your cycle.
In your 20s
If you spent a good part of your teen years experiencing irregular period, your 20s is likely to be more regular and consistent. According to experts, the reason for this is that it is typical for young girls not to ovulate regularly. And once you have an irregular ovulation, your period will be more irregular. But if your cycle is regular and occurs more or less every month, you can as well begin to experience cramps and breast tenderness.
Also, if you are on any birth control or hormonal contraception, you are likely to experience menstrual changes. If you are birth control pills, it can change your normal flow to lighter and more regular periods, reduced cramping, PMS symptoms, inhibit ovulation, no ovulation, and no period.
In your 30s
According to experts, in this phase, a woman’s period is usually predictable and regular. However, symptoms like a sudden heavy flow or severe pain than the normal cramps may indicate a serious issue. Health issues such as fibroids can cause heavy bleeding, and endometriosis can cause unusual pain that can last throughout the month.
Having babies can lead to a big change in this age, because getting pregnant means not having your periods. After giving birth, your period may not come until after 6 weeks of delivery, or your period comes back until after you stop or reduce the amount of time you are nursing a baby.
Having a baby can change your cycle for a long time. Most women say that their cramps get better after pregnancy. This can be due to a number of reasons such as a little increase in the cervical opening, making the flow come out without needing much uterine contractions.
In your 40s
This stage is filled with expectations and uncertainty because it marks the start of perimenopausal hormonal changes- preceding menopause. Technically, the 8-10 years preceding menopause, your body gets ready for the menstruation finish line. The normal hormone changes makes ovulation become irregular, and estrogen levels becomes erratic, leading to missed periods, heavy flow, spotting between periods and a longer PMS symptoms.
At this point, your cycle is unpredictable and ovulation may fluctuate but that doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. Until a woman misses her period for at least one year before she can attain menopause.
Your period can signal a lot about your health, if you are experiencing unusual symptoms, ensure that you see a gynecologist.