For women

Ask Feminax

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

    Don’t panic. Some women do have heavy periods that can last longer than a week. First: if you haven’t seen your GP yet, a quick visit might set your mind at rest. And second: you can help yourself with the right food. Make sure you're getting plenty of iron in your diet, with green vegetables like spinach and cabbage. If you eat 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 women have at least some of the symptoms of PMS in the days leading up to their period. We don’t all have the same symptoms, and thankfully, we don’t all experience the complete list. Symptoms might experience 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 next period is due?

    If you know the length of your menstrual cycle and how many days your period usually lasts, you can work out the date your 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 do I get a sharp pain one or two weeks before my period starts?

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

  • Can my menstrual cycle change to ‘match’ other women’s?

    When women live together - maybe at university, or in a shared house - they can find their periods ‘synchronising’, or happening at the same time. Scientists aren’t completely sure what 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 you.

  • Why does my period hurt, but my 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 friends have had problems in the past and found ways to keep the monthly cramps in check. Take a look at How to cope with the pain for some practical ways to feel better.

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

    It’s true that the average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days. But, anything between 20 and 42 days is considered medically normal. If your two-month cycle is regular, there's probably nothing to worry about. A good way to make sure is to have a chat with your GP if you are concerned.

For parents

For parents

Periods. Menstruation. Time of the month. Whatever you call it, it’s part of your daughter’s journey into adulthood. And whether you’re a mum, dad or carer...

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