Period Problems:What’s Normal and What’s Not

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 27, 2014

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  • Not many women are sure if they have a normal period or not.
  • The average difference between two menstrual cycles is 28 days.
  • Serious depressive state and cramping/headaches are not normal.
  • Changing sanitary napkin more often than usual is not normal.

If women pay close attention to their menstrual cycle, they can spot possible symptoms of a health problem, including infertility. Not many are sure if they have a normal period or not. To know if something is wrong or whether you are having normal periods, talking to friends isn't always helpful.


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How many days of Bleeding is Normal?

On an average, women bleed for three to five days during their menstrual cycle. However, it is normal to bleed for as few as two days or as long as even seven days. If it's just spotting, it can also be normal to bleed beyond seven days. It isn’t normal when one experiences heavy flow beyond seven days.

How much Blood Flow is Normal?

Average women bleed just two tablespoons worth of blood during their period. Twice of that is also normal. But, there is a need for medical problems if you need to change your tampon in the middle of the night or pass large clots. Some women experiencing a heavier flow during the first few days of the cycle but not so much to need to change tampons too often, is thought of as normal. If you are changing tampons every hour or two, see a doctor.


How many Days Gap between Periods is Normal?

The average difference between two menstrual cycles is 28 days – from the first day of your period until the next period begins. Difference of as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days is considered normal as long as the pattern doesn't happen too often.

There can be slight variations in the length of your cycles, like a cycle of 28 days succeeded by 30 days. A large variation is a cause of concern. Like some cycles as short as 21 days and others as long as 33 days. It is referred to as irregular periods for which you must see a doctor right away.


Is Spotting between Periods Normal?

There can be light spotting in the middle of your cycle i.e. during ovulation. It is called implantation spotting, around the time the embryo would implant itself in the uterine lining. Experiencing heavier bleeding between periods or spotting throughout your cycle should be talked about with a doctor.


What Period Symptoms are Normal?

Food cravings, emotional sensitivity, mood swings, light cramping, mild headache, acne, breast tenderness, bloating and trouble sleeping are normal period symptoms. Serious depression, manic states, severe cramping and severe headaches are not normal period symptoms. Speak to your doctor if you experience these.


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You shouldn’t start reviewing what's normal and what's not when your period just begins after puberty or before you reach menopause. Let your cycle to be a little off as a teenager and then figure out if you need to see a doctor or not. Also, women should keep in mind that their periods can suddenly change, even if those changes fall within the norm. If at any point of time you suspect anything wrong, speak to your doctor.



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