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FAQ about the periods
19 Aug. 2014

FAQGetting used to and dealing with the menstrual cycle can be confusing and difficult, especially if you’re new to it. Sometimes, even women who have been having the period for years have some questions and concerns.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about the period to help girls feel more comfortable and confident with having their menstrual cycle.

Q: At what age do girls get their first period?

A: Girls usually get their first period between the ages of 11 and 14. However, some girls can get it earlier or later.

Q: How long does a typical menstrual cycle last?

A: The length of the menstrual cycle is different for each woman. It is counted from the first day of the period, to the first day of the next one, and usually lasts between 21 and 35 days.

Q: How long does a period last?

A: The majority of periods last 2-6 days. The first few days can be characterized by heavy flow, followed by several days of light flow. The length of the period can vary from one cycle to the next.

Q: What are some pre-menstruation symptoms?

A: The pre-menstruation symptoms vary from person to person. The most common ones are cranky mood, back pain, constipation, sore breasts, depression. Some women experience one or two of these and some don’t experience any.

Q: What color should the period be?

A: The period is usually blood-colored. However, it can also be a brownish color, especially towards the beginning and end of the cycle.

Q: What can cause a period to be late?

A: A late or delayed period can be caused by an illness, stress, new medication, weight loss, change in the routine, and excessive exercise. A period that’s missing altogether can indicate a pregnancy.

Q: What is spotting?

A: Spotting is light blood flow in between the periods that happens to some girls. It is absolutely normal, but can be annoying and unpleasant to deal with.painful periods

Q: How common are painful periods?

A: Painful periods are very common. Women experience abdominal pain, cramps, and back pain. Sometimes the pain is sharp, and sometimes it comes and goes. Sometimes, painful periods can make it difficult for a woman to go about her day. Some amount of pain is absolutely normal, but excessive pain is not.

Q: Is it normal to have blood clots in the period?

A: Yes, it is absolutely normal. Such dark clots and clumps are a part of the uterine lining that is being shed. They are a normal part of the menstrual cycle.

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