3 Common Menstrual Cycle Questions
When it comes to your period, there are a few things you should know about your menstrual cycle — like how often you have your period and what can affect it. Whether you’ve had your period already, or you’re wondering what to expect, here are three common questions about your menstrual cycle.
1. How often will I have my period?
Your period, on average, occurs every 28 days, from the first day of your period to the first day of your next period. This can vary from 20–35 days and still be normal.
It is a good idea to keep track of your period. To do this, just circle the days you menstruate on a calendar — or use our helpful
period calculator. Do this every time you get your period. After a few periods, you’ll see a pattern forming, so you’ll know how long each of your cycles will be, how long your period lasts and when it will come again. If you are worried that your period may start unexpectedly, try wearing an Always pantiliner for reassurance.
2. Why do some girls have irregular periods?
When you first start your period cycle, it might be
irregular. You could have one period and then wait six months for the next one! This isn’t unusual. Until your body adjusts to your cycle, your period may be unpredictable. But after that, it should regulate itself. If not, see your doctor.
Once your period is regular, you could still have cycle changes caused by hormones. Also stress, emotions, sudden life-style change and even some medications could affect your period. Some women have noticed losing weight also alters your period.
3. Does what I eat affect my menstrual cycle?
Nutrition is necessary for growth and general good health, so the better balanced and healthier your diet, the better you’ll feel. Just before your period, you may want to avoid caffeine, salt and carbonated drinks — especially diet sodas. Some women find that these foods contribute more to uncomfortable premenstrual symptoms.
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