At some point in your life, you’ve probably declared that your period is the actual worst. And for the most part, it totally is (what up, cramps and annoyingly cumbersome tampon stash). But while that time of the month is generally way more nuisance than not, there is one sort of cool silver lining to the whole thing: It’s a good way to gain insight into your overall health.
“Paying attention to how you’re bleeding is a good way to find out about other health conditions in your body,” explains Leah Millheiser, MD, an ob-gyn and director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University. Here are the main bleeding patterns to look out for during your cycle—plus what each one may reveal about your overall wellbeing. See you on the next page 😉😘