Your Reproductive Health
Our bodies are incredible machines designed with a specific rhythm and when out of sync, it is a sign we should seek medical advice. Unfortunately, most teachings in schools limit education to how to avoid pregnancy. Additionally, as a society, we look at things, like our period, as something "bad" or "disruptive." However, in reality, it is an expression of your underlying health.
Your Reproductive Health
What you Need to Know
What is a normal period?
Maybe a little warm up for about an hour with a bit of pink spotting and very mild cramping, to let you know it’s on its way. After that, your blood should be a pinky red or cherry red (not burgundy or brown). You should have a nice full flow of about 3 to 4 pads, (organic) tampons, or diva cup, changes per day. You should not be passing clots. After 3 to 6 days, your period should slow down and simply end without any brown blood.
Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign
Identification of abnormal menstrual patters in adolescence may improve early identification of potential health concerns for adulthood. It is important for clinicians to have an understanding of menstrual patterns, the ability to differentiate between normal
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) & American Academy of Pediatrics
How do I know I ovulated?
Your temperature (BBT) goes up after ovulation because it has detected an increase in progesterone. Additionally, you will have an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge, which you can test via urine test strips. Lastly, just prior to ovulation, your cervical fluid will become egg-with consistency.
NOTE: Egg white cervical fluid is caused by a surge in estrogen, which can happen even if you don't ovulate. An LH surge can also give you a false positive. Thus, if you have an underlying condition like PCOS, the only way to know for sure that you ovulated is via a thermal rise in your BBT and mid-luteal phase progesterone test over 10 ng/mL.
About your Vaginal Discharge
What is normal discharge?
It is perfectly normal to have a white, light, yellow discharge with a mild salty odor
When should you see your doctor?
If your discharge has a bad smell or you feel discomfort or itchy in your vagina, make an appointment with your OB GYN
What is that stuff filling my underwear and is very stretchy?
If you have copious amounts of this discharge and it is like egg whites, it is perfectly normal and likely a sign of peak fertility
Out of Balance
If your follicular phase is long, it might be due to stress, causing estrogen to rise and fall resulting in several episodes of egg-white fertile mucus. This mucus consistency may show up if you don't even ovulate - agin, because it is triggered by a spike in estrogen.