What should be considered as a healthy menstruation?
One must understand that the menstrual cycle of each month might be different for different women. Especially, during the initial days of puberty, the menstrual cycles are usually long and the bleeding can be more. This is because of the fluctuations of the hormones that have still not settled down completely. At the end of puberty, the hormones become balanced and hence the menstruation process also becomes normal. On an average, it can be noticed that the bleeding lasts for about 3 – 5 days, but for some, it might even last for 2 – 7 days. If it lasts for more than 10 days or so, it is better to contact a doctor, since you might feel very tired due to loss of extreme blood.
Also, the average duration between two menstrual cycles is about 28 days. Again for some, it might range from anywhere between 21 to 35 days. It is completely normal for teenage girls in initial days of puberty to miss one menstrual cycle. This can again be attributed to the hormonal fluctuations, as long as there are no medical reasons such as anemia behind it. The menstrual blood is slightly thicker than the normal blood, since it also contains the tissues of uterine wall. The color of the menstrual blood can be dark red or dark brown. Dark red color can be attributed to the fresh blood collected in the uterine wall, while dark brown can be attributed to the old blood. Due to the several biological processes happening within the body, some may experience mild to several abdominal cramps during their periods.
One can say that a girl is undergoing a perfect normal and healthy menstruation process, when: the menstrual cycle lasts between 25 to 30 days; blood flow of 4 – 7 days in a dark red color; no abdominal cramps but observe changes or sensations in uterus. However, if some of the aspects are deviating, it is not necessary to conclude that there is a problem.