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WHAT LADIES SHOULD KNOW – HOW TO COUNT YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE [MUST READ]

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WHAT LADIES SHOULD KNOW – HOW TO COUNT YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE [MUST READ]


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In the previous series of What Ladies Should Know,
we discussed on
Menstrual Cycle, its definition and the truths about menstruation. If you missed that article feel free to read it by clicking HERE

 Every lady of reproductive age has a cycle of 28 days, more or less. This is the time taken when one menses began to the day another one begins.
The cycle should be counted from the first day one menses began to the first day another one begins, both days are inclusive.

The time taken to complete a menstrual cycle is usually 28 days. In a lady, menses may occur in every 28 days but in another lady it may vary from a very short cycle days of between 20 to 23 days, or a long cycle days of between 29 and 30 days.

What if the cycle takes between 30 to 35 days, very long cycle days you may say? It is still within normal cycles; however, medical experts have advised that any woman whose cycle exceeds 35 days should see a doctor.

When a lady sees her menses, it last between 4, 5 and 7 days, at times the bleeding can be from just 2 days to 3 days.

Please when you want to count, start from the first day the bleeding began up to the first day another one begins.

For Example

*           Lesson 1

 

1)         Lets’ say, on the 11th of January 2013, a new menses began and on the 7th of February 2013 and one begins, as shown below
JANUARY 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
30
3
10
17
24
31
4
11
18
25
 5
12
19
26

 

 

FEBRUARY 2013

 

SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
3
10
17
24
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
 2
9
16
23

 

 

Now let us count the cycle. The count starts from 11th January to 7th
Feb 2013 as shown below.

 

JANUARY 2013

 

SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
13 3
20 10
27  17
14  4
21 11
28 18
15  5
22 12
29 19
16  6
23 13
30 20
17 7
24 14
31 21
11  1
18 8
25 15
 12   2
19 9
26 16

 

FEBRUARY 2013

 

SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
3  24
4  25
26
6  27
7 28
22
 2 23

 

 

The small numbers above the dates are indicating counting of the cycle. With this the count, from January 11th 2013 to February 7th 2013 is 28 days.

 

This is a perfect example of how to count your cycle.

 

*           LESSON 2

 

2)         A young lady began to observe her menses on March 19, 2013 and another one begins
on April 19, 2013 as recorded below.
MARCH 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
3
10
17
24
31
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
 2
9
16
23
30

 

 

APRIL
2013

 

SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
30
3
10
17
24
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
 6
13
20
27

As mentioned earlier, counting starts the first day menses began to the first day another one begins. In this case, count from March 19 to April 19 as shown below;

MARCH 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
24 6
31 13
25 7
191
268
202
27 9
21 3
28 10
22 4
29 11
 235
30 12
APRIL 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
7 20
1427
1 14
8 21
15 28
2 15
9 22
16 29
3 16
10 23
17 30
4 17
 1124
18 31
5 18
12 25
19 32
 6
19
13 26

 

From the above counting, March 19, 2013 to April 19, 2013 is 32 days. This shows that the young lady’s cycle for this period is 32 days.
*           Lesson 3
A woman, in the process of keeping her menstrual records, had marked all the days when she observed her monthly bleeding as indicated below.
APRIL 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
30
3
10
17
24
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
 6
13
20
27
MAY 2013
SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
7
12
19
26
8
13
20
27
9
14
21
28
1
10
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
30
3
10
17
24
31
 4
11
18
25

 

The question is, should the duration of the menses as marked above be included in the count?
In view of the statement made earlier that a lady’s cycle is counted from the first day her menses began to the first day another one begins with both days inclusive” the answer the above question is No.
Note that what matters in this case are the first days when the monthly bleeding (in April and may) began, dated April 23, 2013 to May 21, 2013 are to be counted. If we count from April 23 to
May 21, the number of days is 29. Hence, the lady’s cycle is 29 days.
From our discussion, you have known that menstrual cycle is counted from the first day one menses began to the first day another one begins with both days inclusive.
In some lady’s, the interval recorded between these first days, for a period not less than 3 months, maintains a regular number of days. This pattern of menstrual cycle, which maintains the
same number of days for a period not less than 3 months is known as REGULAR CYCLE. While in some ladies, the pattern of their cycle does not maintain the same number of days or interval for a period not less than 3 months, these ladies are seen as those having IRREGULAR CYCLE.

In out next article we will discuss the difference between REGULAR and IRREGULAR CYCLE and if irregular cycle is a pathogenic condition.

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