Why is my period lighter than usual?Jun 09, 2022
How little is too little?
A fully saturated super tampon can hold up to 12 mL of fluid.
A fully saturated light tampon can hold up to 3 mL of fluid.
An overnight pad holds about 10-15 mL of fluid.
Consistent routines. Your body loves routine and requires this to feel grounded and safe. Keep a routine you follow for 30 minutes every night and every morning. This can be anything from stretching, to journaling, to reading, to taking a bath, sipping tea with your roomates or partner. Do something you enjoy doing, and preferably, no screens within 30 minutes of going to sleep, or 30 minutes of waking.
Adaptogens. Herbs can be a powerful way of helping to regulate your cortisol rhythm and manage your stress. Here are a few that I use regularly: - Ashwagandha - Tulsi (Holy Basil). Bonus: it's safe for pregnant women! - Maca
Fill your cup. And do so everyday. Find something you enjoy doing on a daily basis and make it a point to do that. If it's taking a walk, make time for that. If it's reading your favorite book or magazine, do that. If it's sipping a cup of tea while it's still hot, then ask the people in your life to allow you 5-10 minutes to do this. No one else can fill your cup! Make sure you're taking time to do it.
It's always a good idea to get tested. You will need to test in your follicular phase and your luteal phase to get a good representation of what's going on with your estrogen levels.
Note: stress can cause estrogen levels to dip! So again, back to that stress management.
Usually due to iron deficiencies. Make sure you're getting tested with a full iron panel, checking your ferritin (iron storage), and checking your red blood cells to make sure you're getting a thorough workup to check for anemia.
- Dark leafy greens (make sure you combine this with some vitamin C to help absorb the iron better)
If you're wondering what happened with your period, make sure you chat with a provider and get the correct testing. Remember, it's always best to test, don't guess!
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