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Added August 01, 2013

My Period: What’s Normal, What’s Not

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My Period Information

It’s that time of the month...or so you thought. So why am I not getting my period? Your friends brag about how their period arrives like clockwork, coming every four weeks. They don’t understand how it feels to not have a clue when your red letter day is due to arrive. If their cycle is what’s called regular or normal, what’s my period called? Not normal? Before you get concerned that something is amiss, keep in mind we don’t believe there's anything irregular about you at all. To better understand your period’s comings and goings, you just need some more information!

 

It can’t be news that you are different from every other girl in the world. Your periods and menstrual cycles will be different too. Some of your friends feel it coming for days before they get it. Others are hardly aware they have it. Some might bleed for two days one month, and a week the next. In reality, most women don’t get their periods in exactly the same number of days after the last one. For teens, especially, there is a much broader definition of normal. Just as the age you begin to menstruate varies, so does the length of each period. A cycle can be as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. At some point, as you grow, your light and unpredictable cycle will settle into a recognizable pattern.

 

My Period Facts

During the first year or two of having periods, "irregular" falls within the "normal" tent! 

 

Two out of three girls develop a regular pattern within two years after their period begins. So, within the first couple of years, it is not unusual to skip a period. Be aware that if you participate in sports that require long hours of practice, or are active in strenuous workouts like gymnastics or ballet, you may see less bleeding and/or shorter or less frequent periods. If you are dieting so strictly you’re not getting the calories you need, you’re denying your body the fat it needs to menstruate regularly. And if you’re really worried about an upcoming test...or distressed about a fight with a friend...or concerned about the health of a family member...your unique take on any of these stressors can affect the regularity of your period.

 

My Period: Things to Look Out For

See a doctor if you:

  • Are 16 and haven’t gotten your period yet.
  • Get periods that last longer than seven days for three cycles.
  • Experience a dramatic change from your typical periods.
  • Miss your period for six months straight.
  • Are passing large clots.
  • Are soaking through your pad or tampon hourly for two or more hours.
  • Are bleeding between menstrual periods.
  • Have pelvic pain for longer than a day that seems unrelated to your period.
  • Have severe pain while you’re menstruating unrelieved by OTC medication.
  • Are sexually active and missed a period.

 

For more My Period information or questions, ask the BeingGirl experts.

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madjta0413
madjta0413
Posted July 24, 2014
Ok I'm 20 years old. I started my period when I was in the 6th grade. My period has never been regular. To me as the older I get the less I get it. My cycle is now at 53 days sometimes even longer! And for the past few weeks I been have almost like period cramps and my breast have been so tender and sore. I never had this problem before! I need help something is not right!
Hayleys4
Hayleys4
Posted June 30, 2014
Is it okay to have a 11 day period?
CelebrityPink16
CelebrityPink16
Posted June 09, 2014
I started my period about in September last year and then didnt get my second period until January 2014. Now my periods are kinda arriving at the beginning of every month or so. I'm on it right now.
Hayleys4
Hayleys4
Posted June 30, 2014
Is there something wrong when I have had my period for 14 days?
remanem1
remanem1
Posted June 23, 2014
@edesa thats kinda ok you really shouldn't have it over a week but if it keeps on going after day nine tslk to a doctor or somebody
remanem1
remanem1
Posted June 23, 2014
You all may think that you are so excited but their is a lot of pros and cons to it. One pro is that you get to brag to your friends :) one con is that you always have to change your pad every like 5 hours or thats what i do. You bleed everywhere and its a pain. Just to let you know. Don't worry if your a late bloomer or anything because every girl gets it!
lovenovela
lovenovela
Posted March 30, 2014
The pantiliners I have are so skinny! I hate it!!!
SportsLover546
SportsLover546
Posted April 14, 2014
I started my period 3 months ago and I haven't had it again that is okay right???
LoveToBeAGirl
LoveToBeAGirl
Posted January 13, 2014
I had my first period three months ago, it was really really light. Since then i havent had anything im worried. how long is it possible to go without my period if ive already started?
Edesa
Edesa
Posted January 13, 2014
This is day nine of my period. Is that ok?
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