How long are periods supposed to last, like how many days are you supposed to have it for? I only get my period for about four days, but some of my friends get it for seven days. Is there something wrong with me?
Once you and your friends start talking about your menstrual cycles, it’s totally normal to start comparing things. Unfortunately, that can also cause you extra stress. While some things about periods can be the same across the board, most of the time, the experience is different for everyone. One girl might get her period for only three days, while another girl might get hers for over a week. That’s normal!
Since I don’t have a straight answer on how many days your period is supposed to last, I asked my friend Dr. Sherry Ross from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out) for advice. She explained, “In a perfect world, periods come every 28 days, last two to three days, and cramps don’t exist… but this may not be your story. A menstrual period or cycle is counted from the first day of bleeding in one month to the first day of bleeding in the next month, or whenever you get your next period. The average amount of days you bleed is two to seven days. The majority of women will have bleeding that lasts three to five days.”
So, basically, it really is different for everyone. Bleeding for four days sounds perfectly normal to me (and to Dr. Sherry Ross as well!). Bleeding seven days sounds just as normal. And in case you were wondering, it’s also normal for that to change up – meaning it’s okay if you bleed for four days one month, and six days the next. Unfortunately our menstrual cycles are just going to do whatever they want, while we desperately attempt to make a pattern out of it.
If you’re really concerned, head to your gynecologist, but honestly, I don’t think you need to be worried. There’s nothing weird about your situation! Periods don’t have a set length of time, and they never will. No more stressing!