We've looked after a LOT of Boxes in our time and have learned a thing or two along the way. Here are our verdicts...
PERIODS THAT LAST MORE THAN A WEEK
Periods should usually last between 3 – 5 days but some women do experience them for 7 days. This is considered prolonged bleeding and probably means there is something amiss, like polycystic ovarian syndrome or a hormonal imbalance.
My verdict: Not normal. Get it checked, Moxette.
YOU GET YOUR PERIOD SPORADICALLY
This is called oligomenorrhea and refers to periods that occur infrequently. This is a tough one, because there are a heap of reasons why you may miss a period (pregnancy, you’ve lost or gained weight, stress).
My verdict: Normal, but if it becomes a frequent thing or you’re worried about it, see a Doc. In the meantime, read our blog post for more reasons why your period has gone AWOL.
YOUR PERIOD GOES COMPLETELY AWOL FOR MORE THAN 3 MONTHS
Going for longer than three months without a period is considered abnormal - unless you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, on a contraceptive like the pill or Implanon, or, are going through menopause. This is a condition called amenorrhea and is usually caused by problems with the reproductive organs or with the glands that help regulate hormones. Treating these underlying causes will also usually help re-regulate your period.
My verdict: Not normal. Make an appointment with you Doc.
PERIODS TOO FAR APART
And by that we mean 35 days or more. Some women ovulate less often than others, which generally isn’t a problem, but can cause issues like difficulty getting pregnant, pain, and not to mention inconvenience (you know, when it strikes unawares?!).
My verdict: We're on the fence with this one. If you’re worried about it or think you’re having any unusual symptoms, see a Doc.
YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEONE IS COMPLETELY TEARING OUT YOUR INSIDES
Some mild discomfort during periods is considered normal and is extremely common in most women, but severe, debilitating pain is certainly not.
My verdict: OUCH. Not normal. Get checked, Moxette.
Sounds gross, but they’re super common. They’re actually just pieces of vaginal tissue in your discharge (ok sorry that actually that does sound a bit gross).
My verdict: Totally normal!
BLEEDING OR SPOTTING BETWEEN PERIODS
The technical term is “metrorrhagia”, but it’s generally just known as intermenstrual or uterine bleeding. This happens, but it shouldn’t. There are actually a heap of possible causes for this (from hormone imbalance, to stress, infection, a growth in your uterus or cervix to some more serious health conditions like cancer). Check out our Moxette's guide to spotting for more info.
My verdict: Spotting is actually super common but if it happens all the time then there may be something going on and so best to get checked.
Keep in mind, Moxettes, that sometimes “normal” is what is normal for YOU. Every gal is different, every BODY is different – get to know yours! There are no set rules, and the above are just guidelines based on our own research. If you have any concerns whatsoever about your periods or health, please see a trusted health professional.
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