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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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SportsLover546
SportsLover546
Posted April 14, 2014
I started my period 3 months ago and I haven't had it again that is okay right???
lovenovela
lovenovela
Posted March 30, 2014
The pantiliners I have are so skinny! I hate it!!!
owlcutie
owlcutie
Posted August 08, 2013
I 13 and I've had my period for about a year now... is it normal to have two periods in one month? I don't know if I should be concerned about it. Help please?
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?
LilNicki
LilNicki
Posted October 07, 2013
Its normal
Edesa
Edesa
Posted January 13, 2014
This is day nine of my period. Is that ok?
0xBreathx0
0xBreathx0
Posted July 20, 2013
I litterally got my period yesterday. My period is heavy for the first 2 days. Even though it is supposivly normal, I still think its weird... And @MadisonBailee13, nothing is wrong with you! Remember its lining that is shedding, it is made up of blood clots and some tissue so its normal to find blood clots and clumps of tissue.
AutumnKayla
AutumnKayla
Posted July 03, 2013
I just got my period and stringy stuff, and balls of blood are coming out
motionlessxo
motionlessxo
Posted August 04, 2013
I'm only going to be 19 in a month and I have these long periods every so often, so am i still supposed to see a doctor and what kinda doctor am i supposed to see?
ExoticGecko
ExoticGecko
Posted July 20, 2013
If you have teeny little clumps, I think that is normal because it dries up into that. If you have large clumps, just consider a doctor. But if you have large clumps along with the side effects of your period, I thinks you r ok.
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