How Long Should a Period Last?

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It’s may not be something you talk about every day. But asking some important questions about menstruation can give you some insight into your reproductive health.

 

 

 

How Long Should a Normal Period be?

When it comes to the frequency, length and flow of your monthly visitor, a general rule of thumb is that normal periods are defined as what’s normal for you. But being knowledgeable about your menstrual cycle can help you identify when normal goes awry.

You get your period when your uterus sheds its lining. Part of your menstrual flow is blood and part of it is that lining called endometrium. Most women get their period about 12 to 16 days after ovulation.

The menstrual cycle is 28 days on average, and a normal period lasts anywhere from two to seven days with three to five days being average.

 

First Periods

If you’re a teenager and are experiencing your first period, it may take up to two years for your menstrual cycle to become predictable and regular. Your cycle also may run longer than the 28-day average seen in adults.

If you keep track of your periods, marking the start date on the calendar, then counting 28 days ahead, or however many days your typical cycle is, you can plan ahead. This way you’ll have pads and tampons on hand (or your menstrual cup, if you’ve gone that route). Many women try to avoid scheduling vacations or other important days during the time they’ll have their periods.

 

Factors That Can Affect Your Period’s Length

Some lifestyle and medical factors can affect the number of days you have your period. They can also have an impact on the amount of bleeding and severity of cramps that you experience.

Your age can affect the amount of hormones in your body; for example, as we get older, we produce less estrogen. This can lead to a lighter and shorter period. However, if a woman has a polyp or fibroid in her uterus, she may experience heavier bleeding for a longer number of days.

 

Lighter Periods With Birth Control Pills

Women who use birth control pills often have shorter periods with lighter flow. Traditional pill packs feature several “non-active” or placebo pills that trigger your period. Even before the advent of pills like Seasonale that were specifically designed to allow women to skip their periods, many women would skip taking the non-active pills to avoid having their period during inconvenient times.

Since the introduction of Seasonale in 2003, scads of new birth control pill formulations have come onto the market that allow you to skip your period. And when you do have a period, you can have a lighter, shorter one.

It might take a few months after you first start taking birth control pills until your periods normalize. In fact, the most common cause of irregular bleeding is missed pills.

 

Long Periods

If your period runs longer than usual, it’s often the result of normal hormonal fluctuations and not something to worry about. If you’ve experienced a sudden change in the number of days you menstruate, it’s always wise to check with a doctor to find out if there’s a medical issue behind it. If your period has always run long, mention it at your next gyno exam.

 

Short Periods

What makes a period “too short”? As long as a short menstrual period is part of a regular pattern and fits within a range of two to seven days, you’re considered to have normal periods.

The length of your period all depends on how much estrogen you produce. If your body doesn’t make a lot of it, your uterine lining won’t be very thick and, when it sheds, the bleeding is light and only lasts for a few days.

Younger women may have short and irregular periods, and older women approaching menopause may also experience irregular or short menstrual periods.

 

When to Get Checked Out

Normal cycles last between 24 to 35 days. Some teens might have shorter cycles of only 21 days, and others might go as long as 45 days between periods. Adults can have a range of between 21 to 35 days. See a doctor if your cycle falls outside of those ranges. Also, if you’ve been menstruating for more than two years and your period hasn’t become regular, visit a health care provider.

Being sick or under stress can cause you to skip your period. However, if you miss a period and are sexually active, definitely get checked out for a possible pregnancy. Also, visit a healthcare professional about your period if:

  • You haven’t gotten your first period by age 15.
  • You don’t menstruate for more than 90 days.
  • Your periods start to be very irregular after having previously been regular.
  • Your period lasts for more than seven days.
  • Your menstrual flow is more heavy than usual.
  • You experience bleeding between periods.
  • You experience horrible pain during menstruation.
  • You suddenly get a fever and feel ill after using tampons.

If your irregular or short menstrual cycle is a new development and not your typical pattern, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor.

What’s your normal? Are you blessed with naturally lighter, shorter periods? Or are you changing out pads for seven days straight? Let us know in the comments!

Susie Slack is a freelance writer who loves crafting content for the Web. When she's not writing, you can find her taking care of her 12 pets (all in one fishtank).

52 Comments
  1. Reply
    yuki July 16, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    at the end of my period there is a brown or yellow substance, does that mean that that’s it or??

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    KB June 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Hi, I am 14 years old and I got my period in 6th grade. It has been over 2 years now and I’m still not regular. I skip my periods most of the time and when they do come,sometimes i get lucky and they are normal and other times they can last A LONG time. My longest is 2 months, but it wasn’t heavy, it was pretty light. I don’t experience any pain while I’m on my periods, but should I be worried? Is it time to see a doctor? I heard it can be a while before you become normal while you are going through puberty, but I don’t know if this is normal.

    • Reply
      Red Herring June 12, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Hi KB,
      “Normal” is different for everyone, and since none of us are doctors on this site, I can only speculate.
      You’re still young and your hormones are still out of wack even if it’s been over two years since you’ve started your period.

      If you’re concerned, I would definitely check with a doctor. They can tell you for sure if and what is going on and to put your mind at peace.
      They may also be able to suggest or prescribe something to regulate your cycle.

      Good Luck!! <3

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    Yasmine Ouldtoumi May 1, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Hey there. My period comes every 17 days for 5 days… My doctor gave me DUPHASTON to eat from day 16 to 25.. But I heard its bad for me.. Please advice me and thanks 😘

    • Reply
      Red Herring May 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Yasmine!

      First of all, I’m not a doctor and this site should not be used to replace one. If you have concerns, your doctor should be willing to explain why they recommended the prescription and what it does. If you’re not comfortable with the treatment, they should be able to give you an alternative option.

      I do know what you’re going through. My period used to be every 15 days, like clockwork. I remember when I knew I was pregnant for the first time. It was 18 days and I hadn’t started my flow.

      Anyhow, not too long after I gave birth my periods were still very irregular even for my irregular period! I was put on a pill that was a higher dosage of progesterone (similar to what you’re taking now). Then again several years later, I was prescribed something similar to stop my unusually long periods.

      Currently, my daughter is also having some issues and was prescribed with the same to start her period again.

      Duphaston is used to treat several conditions in which there is a hormonal imbalance that progesterone is lacking. It’s a synthetic progesterone.

      There are several hormones that are present during menstruation. They “kick in” at different times for different reasons.

      Progesterone tells the body to create a thick lining in the uterus (endometrium) to prepare the uterus for implantation (of an egg).
      If there is no pregnancy, progesterone levels decrease and the lining is shed (menstruation).

      If any hormone is out of balance, the menstrual cycle can become irregular.

      Many people find the synthetic hormone to be helpful in regulating their cycle. Others feel that any type of synthetic hormone is bad.

      It’s up to you to weigh your options. For myself, the long, heavy, irregular periods were too much for me to handle. For my daughter, missing several periods in consecutive months made her worry.
      Therefore we both chose to try the synthetic hormone.

      As with anything, people may or may not experience side effects. They can include but are not limited to, headaches, spotting between periods, tender breasts, rash, nausea, and dizziness.

      I know it’s frustrating 🙁 I hope that your period becomes regular again and that you can stop taking Duphaston, or that your doctor is understanding in your concerns and has an alternative option.

      Good Luck!

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    Chichi February 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I have 28 days cycle but I used to see little cloth of blood on the last day ie the fourth day.
    And after the period,I still see stain of blood for about two days after period.I only notice it whenever I cleaned up after urinating.So is it normal?

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    Zelia January 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Hi please my period has come 3 time this month please is it normal?

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    Rosalinda Flores January 12, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Hello im 21 i have my 2 yr old daughter but im concerned about my period . I got my period on 12/29/17-till this day 1/11/18 its 14 days straight n still going on . Is that normal?. i dont take care of myself and i do want to get pregnant. I been trying to get pregnant for the past year but no luck. But my period is not normal for me . I have had my period last long till 9 days but this one is pretty long.
    ANy advice if its normal? or ??

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 14, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Rosalinda!

      I was kind of in the same boat as you at about the same age. However, my bleeding was “regularly” about 14 days or more. Sometimes up to six weeks or longer 🙁

      My hubby and I were trying to conceive for a few years so I didn’t take anything to regulate it. It’s when we stopped “trying” did it happen. Although, it doesn’t happen this way for everyone.

      Side note….my periods are still very irregular at (42 years old) and I’m back at the doctors (next week) to see if they have anything new to tell me.

      Irregularities in your period are caused by changes in your hormone levels, especially estrogen. So if you have too much estrogen, it can be causing you to have heavier or longer periods.

      Sometimes it’s just an imbalance and will correct itself in a couple to few months. These hormonal changes are common and rarely mean something more serious.

      If you do have “Estrogen Dominance”, there are a few things you can do to help.

      Take care of your liver – It breaks down estrogen among other things.
      Eat healthy bacteria – Probiotics foods
      Foods with fibre – reduces the build-up of free-floating estrogen. Foods like wheat/corn/rice bran, the skins of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, some types of beans and whole grain foods.
      Vitamins supplements – Zinc, magnesium, vitamin b6 and others help breakdown and elimination excess estrogen.

      Stress and poor sleep can also contribute to “Estrogen Dominance”. High stress levels “steals” progesterone, leaving excess estrogen. And poor sleep habits causes a reduction in the hormone melatonin, which help protect against estrogen dominance.

      Take care of yourself so that you can take care of your babies 🙂
      Since we’re not doctors on this site, we can only speculate. The best thing to do is to visit your OB-GYN and check what they have to say. Be sure to tell them that you’re trying to get pregnant so that they know NOT to suggest hormonal birth control to regulate your period. They can also determine if you need supplements for anemia (iron deficiency) if you have one.

      Good Luck!! <3

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    megan December 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I am a 21 year old female who has had 7 day long periods for a couple of years now. My current (and the past two) periods have been longer, one being 10 and the other being 13 days My last period was light until day 7.

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      Anonymous May 12, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Hi I’d like to stay anonymous for now but I am 15 and have had my period since I first turned 14 and each one averages from 8 to 10 days is this normal?

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      Red Herring January 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Are you counting days that you’re spotting? Some people count those days as part of their period and others don’t. Spotting is normal. Excessive spotting may not be. I know it’s frustrating being a leaky faucet 🙁

      Irregularities in your period are caused by changes in your hormone levels, especially estrogen. So if you have too much estrogen, it can be causing you to have heavier or longer periods.

      Sometimes it’s just an imbalance and will correct itself in a couple to few months. These hormonal changes are common and rarely mean something more serious.

      A “normal” period doesn’t have to be exactly 7 days. Many people have a different number of “normal” days and they’re normally not the exact amount of days as the last. It’s more of an approximate. So someone can have their “normal” period for 3-5 days and someone else can have their “normal” period for 7-10 days. These may or maybe include days they are spotting before or after.

      Since we’re not doctors on this site, we can only speculate. The best thing to do is to visit your OB-GYN and check what they have to say. They may prescribe a hormonal birth control to help regulate your period. Not only can they determine the cause of your prolonged periods, they can also determine if you need supplements for anemia (iron deficiency) if you have one.

      Good Luck and I hope that your period tapers down for you or that your doctor is able to help. <3

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    su December 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    My normal flow is 6-7 days but I have been menstruating for 10days and it don’t seem to be stopping now

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      Red Herring December 18, 2017 at 2:53 am

      Hi SU!

      There are many things that can make our menstrual flow fluctuate including eating habits, starting or stopping exercise, stress, weight loss or gain, and many others. If this is the first time that your period has lasted longer than normal, I wouldn’t be concerned. Your body might just be changing or going through a spell. Wait this one out and see if it doesn’t clear up during your next period.
      If it continues to last long for another period or two and you’re still worried, I would definitely seek medical attention to make sure everything is okay.
      They may suggest birth control pills to help regulate you. If you prefer not to take any hormones, they may be able to suggest some supplements to help with excessive bleeding.
      Good Luck!

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    Kesha December 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Hi I am 22 and half and my and m menstruating for only 2 days not more than that and my periods occurs after 21 days only and this is happening from last 8 months but in the beginning he bleedinf lasted for 3 to 4 days but from the 3 months it’s only for 2 days is it a matter of concern or is it not to be worry? Plz help

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Hi Kesha!

      A lot of people are “lucky” enough to only have their periods for two days. Even your 3-4 days are short compared to many other people.

      When you start your very first period, it’s normally irregular for a couple to a few years. It’s different for everyone, but it’s because our bodies are still trying to balance out our hormones.

      Since your period has been regular on two day spans, I don’t really see a concern. That may be your “normal”. If it starts to change drastically, that’s when I would seek medical attention.

      If you want to regulate your period, you can ask your doctor or clinic if pills would be a good option for you.
      Good Luck!!

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    brandy December 13, 2017 at 12:42 am

    23 years old and started my first period when I was 13 but as the years went on my period came less and less and then stopped. I finally talked myself into getting checked out and have been put on birth control. I hadnt had a normal period for probably 2-3 years. Started the pills last month and am currently on the last week of this pack but started spotting 3 days before those pills, once I took the placebo pill my flow started getting heavier seemed like but its more like blood clots and having to go to the bathroom to change every hour or so. Please help is this normal where I hadnt had one in so long or what do you think?

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 18, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Hi Brandy!

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having some issues with your period. I’ve had an irregular period since I started at 12/13 years old so I totally understand your frustration. I too, was prescribed pills to regulate my period, but that failed me by making my periods even worse than before.

      Sadly, I can’t give you an answer as to why your periods have become very heavy along with clots. I know that after not bleeding a while, I will have the same and sometimes it’ll last a while (some times up to or more than six weeks!) with brown (old) blood.

      Changes in your life, stress, starting or stopping exercise, eating habits, weight…and several other things may cause irregularities in your cycle including those pills. That’s something that you’ll want to seek medical advice about. They may need to change the pills or the dose to balance your hormones.

      I’m not a doctor so I can’t diagnosis anything. I’d hate for you to ignore these issues and then find out there was something wrong.

      If your doctor finds that there’s nothing to be worried about, you might want to ask them if Yarrow or Raspberry (tea or pill form) suplements or anything else may help with excessive bleeding. I still take a half a dose of Yarrow (pill form) when my periods are very heavy and last a couple or more weeks.

      I’m sorry that I couldn’t help you with this. I wish you luck and good health!!

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    Judy December 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Just started my first period this week! It’s been going on five days now, but I’ve had such heavy bleeding every day that I don’t think it’s going to stop for at least another few days. Is this normal? I know it’s a first period so will be very irregular, but it’s just so heavy and I’m feeling so fed up all of a sudden, my back feels like it’s going to snap off, and I’ve had straight stomach aches every day for the past 5 days. Thank you for any help, all advice appreciated x

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Judy!
      First of all, congrats on your first period 🙂 I know it doesn’t seem like a good thing, but it is a phase in almost every one’s life that has a uterus 😛
      Anyhow, you are correct about your period being irregular. It’ll probably be pretty irregular for at least the next couple of years until your hormones balance out.
      I know it can be frustrating 🙁 On average, a period will last approx seven days. So you do have a couple more days to match the “average” time length.
      Some periods stop as suddenly as they start. There’s nothing that says our periods have to spot coming in or going out of your actual period. So hopefully it’ll stop abruptly for you, too.
      You might want to check with your doctor or at a free clinic (if you have one near) to see if they can suggest something to give you some comfort. I hate to suggest birth control to regulate your periods since you just started, but there might some some alternative things you can do or some supplements that you can take. Until then, heat pads or hot packs on your abdomen and lower back might give you some temporary relief. If you have neither handy, dampen a kitchen hand towel, place it in a zip lock and microwave it for 30 secs or more. The bag makes the heat last longer. Be care when you handle it. Depending on your microwave, it may be very hot!

      Congrats again and big hugs <3

      *Please remember that we're not here to replace medical advise or care.

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    ydalia November 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    so my periods are heavy, lots of blood clots and the stay as long as 15 days ….. I don’t get much pain but it’s really frustrating having this for so long. what should I do?

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Hi YDalia!

      I totally understand what you’re talking about! My periods used to be heavy with a lot of blood clots, too. Some of my periods lasted closer to two months long than 7 days long 🙁
      If this is out of the ordinary for you, it could just be this one cycle. You could either wait to see if your period normalizes during the next cycle or check with your doctor or a clinic.
      I don’t want to scare you, but if it continues to be heavy with clotting, there might be an underlying issue that needs attention from a medical expert.
      For me personally, the doctor found nothing out of the ordinary this time (although issues run in my family) and didn’t suggest anything be done.
      One of my fellow bleeders suggested Yarrow or Raspberry Tea to slow some bleeding. I checked with my doctor if it was okay, and took a half a dose of suggested Yarrow (I opted for capsule form). My periods went down from about six weeks to 11 days. I only take them when I feel it’s needed.
      If a doctor doesn’t find anything out of the ordinary for you, ask about a supplement like Yarrow or Raspberry, as well.
      What ever route you take, I hope it works out for you. I know what you’re going through! Hugs! <3

      *Please remember that we're not here to replace medical advise or care.

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    Angel November 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I’m 26 yrs old and this month period is quite different than before .When the period had started i could say that there was not need to use the pad for three days but then it is like a normal period and I’m tensed because I had cyst on my ovary but not to worried of and I’m tensed because if that cyst has come back .plz reply soon

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      Red Herring November 29, 2017 at 6:16 am

      Your period can change do to many factors, stress included. Normally, I would say not to be too worried about it unless it continues. However, since you have some medical history, I think this question would be best suited for your physician or OB-GYN.
      I’m sorry that I can’t give you a straight answer, as I’m not a doctor.
      Please get it checked out! Good Luck <3

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    Emma November 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Im 13 and I just got my first period and it lasts 10 days alredy and its not getting anyhing Lighter. What do I do? My while family has their periods for 5 days only

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Hi There!
      Since you’re only 13, it’s likely that it’s because your body is still trying to balance out your hormones. It may take up to two years for your menstrual cycle to become predictable and regular. So honestly, you can’t really compare yourself to the rest of the family…at least not yet. What’s “normal” for them, may not be “normal” for you.
      For now, your period may switch between a couple/few days of being on the lighter side or even just some spotting, or heavy and long. You might even see some dark brownish blood. 🙁 I know, it sucks that you can’t track it better.
      If it continues, I would see a doctor or visit a clinic. They would be better for your situation.
      <3 Good Luck!!

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    Nomfundo November 4, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi I’m 28 years. i have a problem with my periods, i have them after 90 days and they last for 30 to 60 days. i had my first period at the age of 17 and this problem started since then.

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Hi There!

      Wow! First period at 17. Hmm…I’m not a doctor so I can’t say for sure, but normally when a young teen starts their period, it’s not predictable or “regular” until a couple or so years later because their hormones hadn’t balanced. However, you’ve had your period for a little over ten years now so that should have leveled out.
      I would definitely check with a doctor or clinic. There might be something that needs looking into, such as Endometriosis.
      I’m sorry that I can’t do anything for you. I know what it’s like to deal with those very long periods 🙁
      Good Luck <3

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    Patience November 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    MY period started in august and I was 11 then but now I’m twelve. In September, It had only lasted 2-3 days, but all of a sudden my period is going on and it has been 7 days and it is still pretty heavy. Is it because I just started using tampons , because this is freaking me out

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Hi There!
      Since you’re only 12, it’s likely that it’s because your body is still trying to balance out your hormones. It may take up to two years for your menstrual cycle to become predictable and regular.
      For now, it may switch between a couple/few days of being on the lighter side or even just some spotting, or heavy and long. You might even see some dark brownish blood. 🙁 I know, it sucks that you can’t track it better.
      Tampons most likely didn’t cause your period to get heavier or long, but some do believe that the cleaning and bleaching chemicals used when making tampons may be harmful. There are organic tampons if you’re worried about this. You can also look into Menstrual Cups and/or reusable cloth pads.
      <3 Good Luck!!

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    Faith October 20, 2017 at 7:52 am

    mine dont feel normal at all anymore, i dont even know when i started or how long ive been on it, i’m worried and scared, ive also been having these weird feelings in my stomach, and my period feels like its never gonna stop like it should on a certain day, i feel like its gonna keep going

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      I would suggest consulting with a gynecologist or even your primary care provider. They can assist you better. If things are that different from YOUR “normal”, then it could be a sign that something’s not right.

      I had one year that I bled almost every single day and it was heavy enough to make me feel faint, dizzy and tired. I had large clots as well. They gave me some birth control to “reset” my cycle but that didn’t help. After that, they gave me a high dose of progesterone for two days and it finally stopped.

      I can’t say that that’s what’s happening for you, but you never know what they’ll say or do. However, they’re better at assisting you with situations like these.

      I wish you luck and good health!

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    Anabel October 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I use to flow for like 5 days before but now I flow 3 days and it’s not as heavy as before, Please what could be wrong ? Is it a normal and what should I do about it.

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Anabel!

      First of all, if you just started your period within the last couple of years, it’s likely that it’s because your body is still trying to balance out your hormones. It may take up to two years for your menstrual cycle to become predictable and regular.

      If you’re older, here are some things that can cause your period to be short or get even shorter:

      Low weight, excessive exercising, eating disorders, and stress. If anything in your life has changed that you have anxieties over, it could be the reason. However since I’m not a doctor, I can’t tell you for sure. If you’re still experiencing short periods, you may want to visit your gynecologist to see if there might be anything to worry about. You may have low Estrogen levels which are making your periods shorter.
      Good Luck!

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      Anabel October 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      I use to flow for like 5 days before but now I flow 2-3 days and it’s not as heavy as before, Please what could be wrong ? Is it a normal and what should I do about it.

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    @Rayray🙈🍩 October 11, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I’ve been getting my period for only 2 days from when I first got it since got it in may and it was thick the last couple of months but stil lasted 2 days and when I got it this month it only lasted 2 days and I’m 13 please rb

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Hi There!
      Since you’re only 13, it’s likely that it’s because your body is still trying to balance out your hormones. It may take up to two years for your menstrual cycle to become predictable and regular.
      For now, it may be on the lighter side or even just some spotting. You might even see some dark brownish blood.
      <3 Hugs

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    Florence September 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Pls am 33-year-old my menstruation do flow 3-4 days but for 3months now it has gone down to 2dys not married no control pills pls am scared what do i do

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      Red Herring November 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Florence,
      I know it’s been a while since you left this comment, but here are some things that can cause your period to be short or get even shorter:

      Low weight, excessive exercising, eating disorders, and stress. If anything in your life has changed that you have anxieties over, it could be the reason. However since I’m not a doctor, I can’t tell you for sure. If you’re still experiencing short periods, you may want to visit your gynecologist to see if there might be anything to worry about. You may have low Estrogen levels which are making your periods shorter.
      Good Luck!

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    Evie September 4, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Should i be scared? Im 11…rn is my 8th day of my period…my first period was in feb…so is that normal for my age? Pls help im scared planing on telling my mom…

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      Red Herring September 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Evie!

      First of all, congrats on your new phase of life!
      Periods all differ for everyone, so there is no set amount of days when you’ll start or when you’ll end 🙁 Sadly, it’s always going to be an approximate.
      Since this is only your first period, your body is still adjusting. Your hormones are all out of wack!

      In the start, your period may last only a few days. It’ll probably very light and you may only have some spotting or reddish brown blood. Your “period” will probably only last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. However, you may spot longer as many do. I would suggest keeping track and tell your mom so she knows your concern.

      It may take up to six year or more after you starts your first cycle for it to be “regular”. And when I say “regular” I mean “regular” for you.

      Some people will have spotting at the beginning and ending of their period. It’s a sign to them that their period is coming or going. Other’s bleed heavy on the first day or a couple of days and then it will slow.

      If you use a period tracker app like “CLUE” it’ll help you see how long your periods last and notify you when you’ll be starting. Period Tracker Apps can be VERY handy!

      Please forgive some of the copied/pasted reply from the post before. It sounds like you both are due for some Luck and Congrats <3

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    ladybug August 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Hi! Can somebody explain how you know your period is ending? I’m on my second period, on my first one it only lasted for about 3 days. So I’m not sure if that’s normal or if it will fluctuate. tbh periods suck so I would like to know about signs that will tell me my period is ending.

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      Red Herring September 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Ladybug!

      First of all, congrats on your new phase of life!
      Periods all differ for everyone, so there is no set amount of days when you’ll start or when you’ll end 🙁 Sadly, it’s always going to be an approximate.
      Since this is only your second period, your body is still adjusting. Your hormones are all out of wack!

      In the start, your period may last only a few days. It’ll probably very light and you may only have some spotting or reddish brown blood. Your “period” will probably only last anywhere from 2 to 7 days.

      It may take up to six year or more after you starts your first cycle for it to be “regular”. And when I say “regular” I mean “regular” for you.

      Some people will have spotting at the beginning and ending of their period. It’s a sign to them that their period is coming or going. Other’s bleed heavy on the first day or a couple of days and then it will slow.

      If you use a period tracker app like “CLUE” it’ll help you see how long your periods last and notify you when you’ll be starting. Period Tracker Apps can be VERY handy!

      Good Luck and Congrats again <3

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    okonji loveth August 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    This past few months I have gotten shorter period ranging from 2-3 days and with lighter flow please is it normal or they is something wrong

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 16, 2017 at 12:32 am

      First of all, this site as well as any other site, should not be used to replace a physician. Please seek medical advice from a doctor if your period continues as it is.

      A period that is shorter than normal for you, can mean that you didn’t produce enough estrogen.

      If you’re younger and you’re still going through puberty, hormone levels, including estrogen, haven’t completely balanced out yet. This can cause shorter and/or irregular periods.

      If you’re older and approaching menopause or even peri-menopause (40’s & 50’s), you may also experience this as the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone.

      In both scenarios, important hormones that are required to create the endometrial lining are not present or are off balanced.

      Many other things can cause a period to become shorter such as:
      Birth Control & other medications
      Stress
      Disease or Health Problems
      Weight loss OR weight gain
      Starting OR stopping exercise routines
      etc.
      Even living or staying with other menstruating people can cause your period to change. It’s called the “McClintock Effect” where your period will sync with others.

      There’s really no way to pin point one thing that may be causing this to happen to you with out more info.
      The only way for you to be certain that there isn’t an underlying condition that may need medical attention, is to seek a doctor or clinic.

      I’m sorry that I couldn’t be more help 🙁
      Good Luck and I hope all turn out well.

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    Kayla July 5, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I’m 26 years old. Been going through a lot of stress recently dealing with possible unemployment and the thought of having to move my husband and 17 month old with me to live with my parents. My period has gotten lighter since I’ve had my son and normally lasts 4.5 days. I’m going on day 10 of my period. it looked like it was tapering off on the 8th day but the flow picked back up. It has been fairly light all the way through which is odd, as I’m used to the second day being cramping heavy and flow heavy. I am on birth control, have been on my current one for 9 months now. Should I be concerned, or just chalk it up to stress? I’ve gone months without a period a few times before due to work related stress.

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    Jacqueline June 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I use to flow for like 3-4 days now I flow 6-7-8 days what could be wrong ? Is it a normal and what should I do about it.

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    ashley May 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    this is my first time on birth control, been on it for about 3 months and this month was the first time getting my period and so far it’s lasted almost 2 weeks! wtf is going on??

    • Reply
      Sadie August 18, 2017 at 5:38 am

      What birth control are you on now I’m a currently going on day 4 of week 2 is this f…… normal

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    Sana May 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I usually used to have 5 days of bleeding bt since last 2 mnths my period gets over in only 2-3 days. Is this a problem? If yes then what should I do and what may the cause of it?

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    Kiesha May 4, 2017 at 6:35 am

    This is the 9th day of my period being on. WTF is going on?!

  29. Reply
    Oyems April 30, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Have 5days flow but prolong to 7days what could be the cause pls advice

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