For parents

Ask Feminax

  • Is it normal for my daughter to have heavy periods for more than 7 days?

    Don’t panic. Some girls do have heavy periods that can last longer than a week. First: if she hasn’t seen her GP yet, a quick visit might set both your minds at rest. And second: you can help her with the right food. Make sure she’s getting plenty of iron in her diet, with green vegetables like spinach and cabbage. If she eats meat, lean red meat like steaks can provide lots of iron. Vegetarians can choose iron-rich pulses.

  • What is PMS?

    PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome. Most girls - and women - have at least some of the symptoms of PMS in the days leading up to their period. They don’t all have the same symptoms, and thankfully, they don’t all experience the complete list. Symptoms might include bloating, tender breasts, a swollen stomach, back and lower abdominal pain, headaches, lack of concentration, mood swings, clumsiness, and even tiredness. If you’d like to know more, you can find out here .

  • Can I find out when my daughter’s next period is due?

    If you know the length of her menstrual cycle and how many days her period usually lasts, you can work out the date her next period is likely to start. To save you counting the days on a calendar, use our period predictor to do the calculations for you.

  • Why does my daughter get a sharp pain one or two weeks before her period starts?

    The most likely reason is probably ovulation, an egg leaving one of her ovaries and moving to the womb. It’s unlikely that she’s suffering from an illness, although a quick visit to her GP can set both your minds at rest.

  • I’m a Mum, will my daughter’s menstrual cycle match mine?

    It might. When women live together - maybe at home or university - they can find their periods ‘synchronising’, or happening at the same time. Scientists aren’t completely sure why this happens, but it’s most likely caused by hormonal signals called ‘pheromones’. Whatever the cause, it’s harmless, so don’t worry if it happens to both of you.

  • Why does my daughter’s period hurt, but her friends are ok?

    No one really knows why some women suffer from period pain and others don't feel a thing. It could be that your daughter’s friends have found ways to keep the monthly cramps in check.
    Take a look at these useful tips for some practical ways to help your daughter feel better.

  • Is it normal for my daughter’s period to come once every 2 months?

    The average menstrual cycle is 28 days. But, especially when girls first start to have periods, they can be irregular - coming at different times. Even when they get older, anything between 20 and 42 days is considered medically normal. If your daughter’s two-month cycle is regular, there's probably nothing to worry about, but a good way to make sure is for her to have a chat with her GP.

  • Will her period pain get worse as she gets older?

    Well, it depends. If your daughter’s periods are just starting, they may hurt more as they become more frequent. Now, here’s the good news: after a few years, they tend to become easier to deal with. They hurt less, and your daughter will probably learn more and more how to cope with them - finding out what works best for her individual body.

  • I’m a mum. I get really bad period pain - will my daughter?

    Most girls like being at least a bit different to their mums. (Some, a lot.) It can apply to periods, too. So, if you’re a mum who has bad period pain, she may not. When you think about it, it’s like all the other ways we can be different from our parents. (And if she does have tough periods, try getting her to follow some of the good advice on this site .)

  • I’m a mum. I don’t have bad period pain - why does my daughter?

    Sometimes, it’s because new things can be hard to deal with. If you’re a mum, you may not remember the stresses of your first periods all those years ago. To your daughter, they’re so much more - well, immediate . Her pain may really be worse, as well - not just more worrying. So, it’s really important not to sweep it under the carpet, or think that because your periods are ok, hers ‘should’ be. She’s an individual, and her body can work differently to yours. What matters is helping her to cope the best that you can.

For young adults

For young adults

Periods. Menstruation. Time of the month. Whatever you call it, it’s
a healthy part of being a woman. And if you or someone close to
you experiences period pain - don’t worry...

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