For young adults

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  • Is it normal 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 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 young adults or women have a few 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 experience every one.

    Symptoms might include bloating, tender breasts, a swollen stomach, back and lower abdomen (or tummy) pain, headaches, lack of concentration, mood swings, clumsiness, and even tiredness. If you’d like to know more, you can find out here. The good news is, we tend to have less PMS as we get older - as well as learning better how to cope with it.

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

    Absolutely. We all feel a bit nervous when periods are a new experience, but one of the best ways to relax is to work out when your time of the month is due. Use our period predictor. To help remember, write the dates in your calendar or diary.

  • 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 girls’?

    It depends if you live with other young adults or women who have periods. When women live together - like at university, or just at home with female relatives - 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 you.

  • Why does my period hurt, but my friends are ok?

    No one really knows why some girls suffer from period pain and others don't feel a thing. It could be that your friends have found ways to keep the monthly cramps in check. Take a look at
    How to cope with the pain for some smart ways to feel better. And remember - periods are normal, but you can go through them without tough pain - especially if you follow sensible steps like the advice on this website.

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

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

  • Does period pain get worse as you get older?

    Well, it depends. If your 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 we learn more and more how to cope with them - finding out what works best for our individual bodies.

  • My mum gets really bad pain - will I?

    Most girls like being at least a bit different to their mums. (Some, a lot.) If you’re one of them, you may find that applies to your period, too. So, your mum can have bad period pain, but you don’t. When you think about it, it’s like all the other ways we can be different from our parents. They may both have blue eyes, but yours might be green, just like your gran. Your mum may be short, but you’re tall for your age. So if your mum has a hard time with periods, you might be ok. (And if she does have tough periods, try getting her to follow some of the good advice on this site.)

For women

For women

Periods. Menstruation. Time of the month. Whatever you call it, it’s part of being a woman. And if you or someone close to you experiences period pain...

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