Is My Menstrual Cycle Normal?

We hear this question quite frequently: is my menstrual cycle normal?

Since every single woman is unique, and we love that, it is hard to define “normal.” Most of the time we talk more about what is “average” rather than normal to help women understand if their cycle falls within average parameters.

An Average Cycle

The first day of your period or menstrual cycle until the first day of your next one, is what is known as your cycle. Although the average is between 25 to 30 days, it can be anywhere between 21 and 35 days. Average days to bleed is 2  to 7 days. Anything within these ranges is considered “normal.”

The average age to begin having periods is age 12, but girls can begin as early as age 8 or as late as age 16. Menopause is normally age 51 when a woman stops producing eggs.

These parameters can change over your lifetime and still be considered average.

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What Makes A Cycle Irregular

Let’s be clear that an irregular cycle does not mean there is something wrong. Being irregular is quite common at the beginning of a young girl’s period as well as when you near menopause.

Your period can be light or heavy, short or long, painful or pain free and still be considered “normal.” Bleeding longer or having unpredictable periods is usually not serious, but should be noted.

It is recommended that you begin early in life to keep track of your cycle. Changes do not usually mean there is a problem but it helps to know your “normal” to help you notice changes or red flags.

Missing Periods

Obviously missing a period or two could mean you are pregnant so follow up with Women’s Health Partners.

You can also miss a period due to hormonal changes, illness, meds, using the pill, patch, or hormonal IUD to name a few.

In addition, excessive exercise, stress, taking the morning after pill, quickly losing or gaining weight, or the beginning of menopause can cause you to miss a period.

Red Flags

If you have irregular periods a lot of the time, this could be a medical issue.

Other situations which may indicate a problem include the following:

  • Needing to change a pad or tampon too frequently due to heavy bleeding
  • Being lightheaded or dizzy during your period
  • If you are 16 and have not yet gotten your period
  • Bleeding between periods
  • When PMS prevents you from enjoying normal activities
  • Severe pain before or during your period

It is important to discuss with Women’s Health Partners anything out of the ordinary, and what your typical cycle is like. Many women think it is normal to bleed heavily and have severe pain every period. To them, this IS normal, but it could be something else like uterine fibroids.

Contact Women’s Health Partners about any questions or changes to your menstrual cycle.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our Boca Raton, FL office at (561) 368-3775 or our Boynton Beach, FL office at (561) 734-5710.

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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