Odd Period Behavior That’s Actually Pretty Normal
If you’re a woman in your 20s or older, then you’ve had hundreds of periods at this point in your life. You have likely noticed that no two periods are exactly the same. You’ve had periods that barely interfered with your life—you hardly realized they were happening—and you’ve had periods that made you hate everybody and everything, and want to crawl into a hole. You’ve had periods that made you scream into the sky, “What did I do to deserve this?” You’ve had periods that ruined your underwear, no matter how hefty of a tampon you used, and periods that required little more than a few panty liners throughout the week. Your body is not exactly the same on any two days so, naturally, neither will be your various periods. Here is period behavior that is, for the most part, perfectly normal.
A period that takes a break
It’s fairly common to think your period is over, because it takes a 24 to 48 hour break, and then find it’s back on. Remember that your hormones are fluctuating during your period, which can cause it to take a break. Furthermore, it’s possible a chunk of tissue is blocking your blood from coming out, but this typically passes within a day.
If you have severe cramps that make it difficult to even stand up, this could mean your body produces excess prostaglandin, a hormone involved in pain and inflammation. While it’s very uncomfortable, it’s not uncommon. You can talk to your doctor about medications to relieve the issue.
Your voice changes
As your hormones change during your period, so too could your voice. Remember that specifically sex hormones are fluctuating during your cycles, which can affect the way you speak just like they affect a pubescent male.
If you see bluish blood that almost looks like crushed blueberries, you likely have higher than usual estrogen levels. This can happen naturally and isn’t too much a cause for concern, but it can create some annoyances like mood swings, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.
Pinkish blood can be indicative of low estrogen levels. That comes with hair loss, low libido, breast tenderness, or pain during sex. You should talk to your doctor about balancing your hormones if you have low estrogen.
Color changes throughout the cycle
It’s perfectly normal for the color of your blood to change throughout your period. Normal period blood goes from bright red to dark red to brownish red through the entire cycle.
Your mouth hurts
Menstrual cycles can cause inflammation in your tissue, and some women feel that especially strongly in their mouths. That’s why you don’t want to get a dental cleaning during your period—it could be more painful than usual.
You poop more
Your uterus and bowels sit close together so when your uterus contracts to shed its lining, it pushes up against your bowels. This could cause you to have to go to the bathroom more during your period.
If you experience occasional light periods, this can be due to stress, perimenopause, or weight loss. While it’s nothing to be majorly concerned about, you should still look into the cause of your stress, see your doctor to determine if you’re in perimenopause or regulate your diet and exercise.
A changing start date
Periods can begin anywhere from every 21 to 35 days. Your period doesn’t necessarily need to begin on the exact same day every month. It will often start somewhere in the same 48-hour range.
You’re a little out of it
Fluid retention during your period can affect your brain and that can make you feel foggy. It’s pretty normal to be a bit clumsy during that time of the month and have a hard time remembering some things.
Mid-cycle bleeding on the pill
Many birth control pills can cause mid-cycle spotting because they alter your hormones. So long as the spotting is light and infrequent, you have little to worry about.
A slippery texture
It’s perfectly normal for your blood to have a slightly slippery texture. Your uterus is shedding its lining, and that’s going to come with some mucus.
Towards the end of your cycle, it’s pretty common to see some clotting. You may even notice some white fibers—those are proteins in your blood that are an important part of the shedding.