Nicole Fillion-Robin, LAc, MAcOM, Dipl. OM
I don’t know about you, but I was in my late twenties when I finally discovered what a period cycle looked like, how to count the number of days in it and how to know what the heck was going on with the bleeding/not bleeding libido/lack of libido.
You might have seen one of these charts in 7th/8th grade biology and gone uhhhh.... unhun:
(photo cred to www.medium.com)
A lot of that disconnect, for me, came with me being on hormonal birth control for years and years and not knowing what my regular cycle looked like (and if you are too, no shame!). I switched over to team copper IUD (which has its own pros/cons) and then was faced with figuring out what was normal/abnormal for me.
I’m not going to shame past-me. We’ll throw a lot of the blame on the quality of our sex ed in Texas, and the fact that there is also still some kind of weird stigma about talking about periods, cycles, and libido. That’s not helpful either.
So here goes my best attempt at a Trail Guide to your Uterus, Explained by TCM, with some tips and tricks that work for most.
PS: keep in mind that we’re going to go with the “standard” 28 day cycle here, but all uteruses and bodies vary so you might have a longer or shorter cycle and that’s fine, too!
PPS: it’s SO normal for cycles NOT to be “normal” in your early menstruating years or after major events like stopping birth control, a miscarriage, the end of breastfeeding, an abortion, etc.