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Periods – what’s a normal cycle?

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

There has been a lot in the press recently about women’s health and the lack of adequate research, education and treatments offered to them through what I shall term ‘western’ medicine.

From the start of our periods through to the menopause, many women face problems that are misunderstood and misdiagnosed. This could be anything from incredibly painful periods to heavy bleeds, irregular cycles and many other complaints. Women are often told by doctors that debilitating symptoms they are experiencing are normal, or are put on the pill to deal with them, which masks the symptoms rather than dealing with the underlying problem.

Thankfully, through the help of high-profile campaigners such as Davina McCall and Naga Munchetty, the conversation is moving on quickly, but we are only just at the start of what feels like an educational revolution around women’s health.

One of the most important indicators about a woman’s overall health is what her periods are like, yet many of us aren’t educated on what a ‘normal’ period is. And for a lot of us, it’s not until we try to conceive that we learn what we assumed was ‘normal’ actually isn’t.

So let’s talk periods – what’s a normal cycle?

If you are concerned about your period and haven’t spoken to your GP about it yet, please contact your doctor’s surgery. And also feel free to get in touch to see whether you’d like to book in with me as well.


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