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.
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.
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:
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Painful Periods
- Haven’t Gotten First Period
- Severe PMS
- Help: My period is normal but I am still struggling!
- Common reasons for abnormal bleeding
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