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There's lots more I want to know! Q&A

There's lots more I want to know! Q&A There's lots more I want to know! Q&A

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Q. My periods don't come regularly. Am I OK?

A. Your next period generally comes between 25 and 35 days from the first day of your period, but this varies from one person to another. Some have a shorter cycle while others have a longer cycle. The length may also vary depending on your physical condition, so you don't have to worry.

Q. Sometimes my period lasts for about ten days. Is that normal?

A. The duration of your period may vary when you first start getting your period. Sometimes it lasts for only three days, and sometimes ten days. It will become steady by the time you are 20 years old, so you don't have to worry. If your bleeding lasts for more than ten days, or if you continue to bleed for more than ten days every time you get a period, talk to your parent or guardian and see a doctor.

I bleed a lot! Am I sick?

Q. I bleed a lot! Am I sick?

A. If your pad starts to leak in less than an hour or if your bleeding is still heavy after the third day of your period, you may have menorrhagia. This is related to your hormone balance and may happen to girls who have just started to have their period. You can easily become anemic, so make sure to take enough iron and protein to avoid anemia.

I get cramps in the abdomen or a headache during my period. Is it OK to take medicine when the pain is severe?

Q. I get cramps in the abdomen or a headache during my period. Is it OK to take medicine when the pain is severe?

A. You may get a cramping pain in the lower abdomen because the muscles of your uterus contract during your period. Try doing some exercise, warm your belly, or drink something warm before you try a pain killer. It may help ease the pain. If the pain is unbearable, you don't have to put up with more than you can take but talk to your parent, guardian, or school nurse before taking medicine.

Q. I wonder if other people can tell that I'm on my period because of the odor.

A. You may notice an odor when you change your pads in the bathroom, but don't worry nobody will notice that you are on your period if you change them frequently.

Q. I bleed even if I'm not on my period!

A. Bleeding that occurs just halfway between periods is called intermediate bleeding. You may sometimes have it during ovulation. You may also experience bleeding a few days before or right after your period if you just started to have your period. You don't have to worry if the bleeding is minor, but if the bleeding is heavy or prolonged, see a doctor just in case.

Q. My period started just about the same time my friend got hers. Is a period contagious?

A. You may all get anxious the day before a ball game tournament or exam, and that nervous feeling may cause irregularity in your cycle, making your period come earlier or later. When all the girls get their period about the same time, it sure makes it seem as if periods are contagious, but they're not. You can't "catch" a period by being near a girl who is on her period, so don't worry about that.

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