You’re probably not very keen when Auntie Flo rolls into town on a monthly basis. So, if you suddenly start getting your period twice a month, you probably won’t be too happy about it. Not only that, you’ll likely wonder whether what is happening is normal.
Periods can be unpredictable things. Those of us who have unpredictable periods know this too well. Same goes with anyone who has every worn white pants when they thought they weren’t in the red zone then later realized their period decided to start. Even factoring in irregular periods, there are things that are normal and things that aren’t.
Here’s the deal whether getting your period twice a month is normal:
Is it really normal to get a period more than once a month?
The short answer is that it could be normal. There are a few different factors to consider that will hopefully help you determine your situation. The basic thing to know is that having an irregular period is actually pretty common. You might have figured this out through talking to your female friends and family.
What’s more, even if you have a fairly regular period, you could have a shorter cycle that could lead you to getting a period more than once a month. Ob-gyn Lakeisha Richardson, M.D. told Women’s Health Mag that the average menstrual cycle should occur every 21 to 35 days and periods should last between two to seven days. If you’re someone whose on the shorter end of the spectrum, your period could come twice a month and still fall in the normal range. For instance, you could get your period on October 2 and have it last three days. If you’re on a 21-day cycle, you could be surfing the crimson tide by the end of October.
How do I know whether my cycle is normal or not?
One of the easiest things to do is mark on your calendar when you get your period and how long it lasts. After you track it for a couple of months, you should have an idea of what your average cycle is. Having this information can be very helpful if anything ever changes or if you have any other health concerns. For example, you might be able to pinpoint when your get period cramps or when you’re feeling particularly emotional.
I’m not sure about my cycle. What else could be causing my irregular periods?
Another thing is to consider when you got your first period. If it’s pretty recent, it’s fairly common for your period to be irregular. You might get one period then not get one for a couple of months. Then you might find you’ll get two one month. It will hopefully “settle down” with time, but it might still be pretty erratic.
Is there anything else that can cause two period?
Not taking birth control pills or other forms of contraception properly and regularly can mess with your menstrual cycle. If you go off birth control pills, you also might find your period is out of whack for a bit.
KidsHealth.org reports that if you’re having sex, having two periods could be linked to STIs because having certain ones can cause people to bleed more. There’s even a chance that you could be pregnant.
You’ll also want to pay attention to any other symptoms you might be experiencing. They can help clue you into what’s going on with your body.
Ah! I’m panicking. What can I do?
Stressing about it won’t help the situation. Try to remain calm like I said and keep track of your period. If you feel any pain, discomfort, notice changes in discharge, or are just very concerned about your period, go see your doctor. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Your doc is the professional and will be able to figure what’s going on in your situation.
What other things about your period concern you? Let us know in the comments!
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