Don't panic! Unless of course you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant. In which case, panic and pee on a stick!*
If your cycle has been longer than 32 days for 3 months in a row you could have something called Oligomenorrhea. It's not a condition it's just the posh name for having long cycles. It could be totally normal for you but if it's not, it's a good idea to get it investigated. Usually long periods are a sign you're not ovulating (having an anovulatory cycle in doctor-speak). If you're around 40 this is probably happening because you're starting to transition into perimenopause.
Whoever knew the mentioning of a pineapple could cause so much controversy at Christmas. My husband and I were visiting a grand old house in Wales, on our way to a Christmas getaway. In the house was a dining room, set out as it would have been in the Victorian era. It was cold and blustery outside. Upon this table were the usual luxuries for the era, golden candelabras with nature inspired motifs and golden pineapples.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of these decorations for our own Christmas?”, my husband remarked.
“Why would I want a symbol of white men raping and pillaging foreign lands on my table at Christmas?!”, I replied.
It was a tad negative, I admit, and when my husband pointed out that if we were to impose a ban on all fruits from sunnier climates from Christmas we would be missing a large portion of our Christmas pudding... I soon backed down.
Most will think that balancing blood sugar is just something diabetics do. Few realise that it's crucial for regulating female hormones as well.
When our blood sugar dramatically rises and drops throughout the day we release insulin to try and compensate. But if we do this for a long time gradually we build up a tolerance to the insulin and this throws other hormones like oestrogen out of whack. This happens in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). A woman with PCOS may experience male pattern hair growth (hirsutism), irregular periods and infertility. They often struggle to maintain a healthy weight too.