It started off ok, but by the time I was 15 years old, I was breaking out before by menstrual cycle, having pain for a few days and generally feeling run down once a month. I thought that my period was penance for becoming a woman. When I saw my first naturopath at age 16. He told me my period should not be that uncomfortable. And within a couple of months, I believed him.
A menstrual cycle typically starts at age 12-13 and ends at the average age of 52.
A cycle should be regular occurring roughly every 27-31 days. You should bleed for 3-5 days and you should only need 3-5 pads or tampons a day.
There should be no menstrual cramping, no pain and no bloating. Your energy should be stable as should your mood. If you are irritable or cry at sad commercials then your hormones are not balanced.
Your breasts should not hurt when you run, walk down stairs or are in the shower.
Your body was designed to have a normal menstrual cycle. PMS is not normal, even if you’ve had an uncomfortable menses your whole life.
Reasons for hormone issues:
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Places to start?
Omega 6 essential fatty acids
Ground flax seed
A diet free of dairy
Hope this help