Is My Period Normal?

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Menstruation is a completely normal and healthy part of being a female. Society doesn’t talk much about periods so sometimes females may be embarrassed to talk about them. When something new or different occurs, you may wonder ‘Is this normal?’ Let’s dive into what is considered a normal menstrual period and what some common period abnormalities can happen.

What is a Normal Period?

Simply stated a menstrual period is when blood comes out of the vagina. The blood is coming from the uterus. During the month a female’s uterus lining builds up in preparation for a possible pregnancy to occur. If pregnancy does not occur then the uterus lining is shed. This is what causes the bleeding from the vagina. The entire process is controlled by hormones in the body. The average menstrual period lasts four to seven days and occurs every 28 days (roughly 1 month). Most females get their first period between the ages of 10 to 15 years old. Menstrual periods will continue until a woman reaches menopause around the age of 45 to 55 years old.

What are Some Period Abnormalities or Problems That Can Occur?

According to the Cleveland Clinic some examples of period problems that you want to be on the lookout for are:

  • Periods that occur less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart
  • Missing three or more periods in a row (when not pregnant)
  • Especially heavy or light blood flow during a period
  • Periods that last longer than seven days
  • Periods that cause severe pain, cramping, nausea, or vomiting
  • Bleeding between periods, after menopause, or after sex

What Could be Causing My Abnormal Periods?

There are several things that could be causing your abnormal periods such as:

  • Stress
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Diet
  • Exercise changes
  • Travel
  • Illness
  • Birth control
  • Uterine fibroids or polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Hormones
  • Medications

In order to figure out what is causing your abnormal periods, you should see your OBGYN healthcare provider. They will be able to do an exam, ask you questions, and order any needed testing. Don’t hesitate if you think you are having abnormal periods, call your OBGYN healthcare provider.

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  1. White, K. W. (Ed.). (2018, October). All about periods (for teens) – nemours kidshealth. KidsHealth. Retrieved August 18, 2022
  2. Abnormal menstruation (periods): Types, causes & treatment. Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Retrieved August 18, 2022

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