Your first period is like your first love – you remember it forever. That’s because, although everybody warned you it would come, it still managed to surprise you, and because you have to get used to the idea that, even if you are going to bleed for several days, that is not a bad thing but a normal stage in the development of your body.
Discerning between what is “normal” and what is not during or around the time of their period is something many women have trouble with. That’s why we are going to try and define what is normal and what is abnormal about periods.
Normal symptoms during periods
#1. Blood clots
They usually appear during the heaviest flow days. Unless they are larger than the diameter of a quarter coin, there is nothing to worry about.
#2. Anything between 21 and 35 days is OK
The 28-day period is normal, but it is kind of an ideal situation. Yes, some women do get their periods at 28-day intervals, but that is not the norm. If you get your period anywhere between 21 and 35 days apart, consider that you have a normal period.
#3. With teenagers, infrequent periods are normal
When you are a teenager and you’ve just started having your periods, you need to allow your body some time to figure out what’s going on and adjust for the whole regular bleeding thing.
These symptoms require a visit to the doctor
#1. Unusually severe and prolonged cramping
All women endure some level of cramping during their periods. But if your cramps are so bad and prolonged that you can’t even get out of bed, something is definitely not OK.
If you suddenly start having powerful cramps instead of the light ones you normally have, you might be suffering from endometriosis (a condition that causes the lining of the uterus to develop outside of it, connecting to the bladder, ovaries or the fallopian tubes).
#2. No period three times in a row
In some cases, it is normal not to have period for three consecutive months (when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, at menopause or going through your first periods). But if you are not in any of the aforementioned situations, the cause might be pathological. It is better to consult a doctor before things get worse.
#3. Bleeding longer than seven days
A normal bleeding can last anywhere between 2 and 7 days, depending on many factors. If you see that your bleeding is in the eighth day and gives no signs of slowing or stopping, you need to see a doctor.
The bleeding between periods is also known as “spotting” because of the blood drops on your underwear. It can happen for many reasons, but you do need to go in for a consult.
#5. Painful or difficult peeing
Although it could be caused by a urinary infection (which often appears after more vigorous sex), it can also be caused by cervical cancer, because of the swollen cervix that presses on the bladder. It is best to see a specialist to prevent bigger problems.
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