Is My Period Normal?

This post was written by Sarah Cox, a third year medical student at UTHSCSA who is studying to become an OBGYN. 

Uterus BleedingAre you wondering what a “normal” period is? Are you worried that you may be bleeding too much or too irregularly? Are you struggling with cramps that seem to be much more severe than those of other menstruators you know? Are you well into your teenage years without having had your first period? 

Much of the variety of periods is considered in the healthy range, but there are a few clues to suggest that checking in with a doctor might be helpful for certain types of period symptoms. 

Worried teen

What is a normal period during teenage years?

  • A period that occurs every 21-45 days (normal becomes 21-34 days in older teens and adults, usually about 3 years after your first period)
  • Bleeding that lasts for 2-7 days (normal becomes 4-6 days in older teens and adults)
  • Blood loss of about 30-40 mL, which is about 3-6 pads or tampons per day, or 10-15 soaked pads or tampons during the whole period. More than 60-80 mL of blood loss is considered abnormal
  • Cramps that are relieved with pain medication and begin a day before the period and end 1-3 days after starting a period. Cramps can be felt in the lower belly, back, and/or thighs. Normal cramps don’t cause nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, or other related symptoms.

Are you experiencing symptoms outside the normal range?


Here are some additional articles that may help: 

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