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Menstrual cycle: animation

This animation explains in detail how the menstrual cycle works.

Media last reviewed: 21/02/2013

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Do you have a problem with your periods?

You may find the Health A-Z topics useful if you're concerned about your periods.

Starting periods

Tips for parents on when to talk to daughters (and sons) about periods and what to tell them

A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days. In most women this happens every 28 days or so.

It's common for women to have a cycle that occurs earlier or later than this (between 24 and 35 days).

Girls have their first period when they start puberty. This can be any age between 8 and 16, although most girls start their periods when they're about 12.

Read more about girls and puberty.

A woman's periods continue until the menopause, which usually occurs when a woman reaches her late 40s to mid-50s (the average age is 52). 

The menstrual cycle

Each menstrual cycle starts on the first day of your period (day one) and lasts until the day before your next period begins.

The reproductive organs inside a woman's body consist of:

  • two ovaries – where eggs are stored, developed and released
  • the womb (uterus) – where a fertilised egg implants and a pregnancy develops
  • fallopian tubes – the two narrow tubes that connect the ovaries to the womb
  • the cervix – the lower part of the womb that connects to the vagina
  • the vagina – a muscular tube leading from the cervix to outside of the body

During each menstrual cycle, levels of the hormone oestrogen rise, resulting in an egg developing and being released by the ovary (ovulation). Your womb lining thickens in preparation for a possible pregnancy.

The egg travels down the fallopian tube and if it meets a sperm and is fertilised, a pregnancy can occur.

The egg lives for about 24 hours. If it isn't fertilised, it will be absorbed into your body. The lining of your womb will come away and leave your body through the vagina mixed with blood. This is a period (it's also sometimes referred to as the menstrual flow).

Getting pregnant

Your fertile time (when you can get pregnant) can be difficult to pinpoint. It's around the time you ovulate, which for women is about 12 to 14 days before the start of the next period.

You can't get pregnant if you don't ovulate. Some hormonal methods of contraception, such as the combined pill, contraceptive patch and contraceptive injection, work by preventing ovulation.

Read more about fertilitycontraception and getting pregnant.

Body changes

Your body produces different amounts of hormones at different times during your menstrual cycle. This can cause changes in your body and your emotions.

For example, your vaginal secretions change throughout your menstrual cycle. Around the time of ovulation they become thinner and stretchy, a bit like raw egg white.

You may also have mood swings in the days before your period and your breasts may become swollen and painful.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) describes the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before your monthly period. It's also known as premenstrual tension (PMT).

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00lex00 said on 25 July 2014

Hi I'm 13 and I started my period 2 years ago at the age of 11 and ever since then I've had a regular period always lasting 6-7 days however I got my period on the 8th of July and it has been on for 18days now and I'm really worried because I've never been on this long. I have no sort of birth control and have never had sex and as far as I know troubles of this sort don't tend to run in my family. It is not a heavy period but there is enough blood to wear a tampon but there is also regular discharge and a brown coloured substance as well, also I have had painful backaches, cramps and headaches, also some waves of dizziness and nausea and it's making me really worried. I have told my mum, sister and best friend but I haven't visited a doctor and I really don't know what to do about it or if it's serious enough to see a doctor. I really hope someone can help and tell me what I should do because it's making me extremely stressed now.

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Britchick27 said on 07 July 2014

I don't know if anyone can help me, but here it goes.
In February 2013 I thought I was having my monthly period. I bled as normal, but it lasted for 2 weeks. I stopped bleeding, then after just 1 week the same thing happened again. I went to see my Doctor who ordered some blood tests. I had an abnormal result and was referred to an endocrinologist who deals with hormones. They couldn't find anything wrong so I was referred to a gynaecologist. The gynaecologist diagnosed me with dysfunctional uterine bleeding and suggested that I had the mirena coil fitted. I had that done in March this year. I am also taking the pill. Nothing has helped because I am still suffering with the bleeding and brown discharge. It varies, but there is not one day when this isn't happening. I am getting really sharp pains in my left side and the top of both of my legs. I also feel very nauseous. I would be very grateful for any advice.

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Henrietta80 said on 19 March 2014

This pages helped me cope with exactly the problem od painful periods described above dealing with the problem in a targeted way rather than fantasising about some diseases or possibile pregnancies. Thank you!

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koala362 said on 10 February 2014

I have been bleeding for nearly 6 weeks now! I have had this 5 weeks previous to starting this one  but it only lasted three weeks so didnt think anything off it. I have been to my gp they wont take any further action as they are saying its normal can take time for ypur hormones tp settle down. I have got pcos I am getting worried now as its not showing any sign of stopping. I am even contemplating ringing the hospital to speck to someone to find out if this is normal! It its really scaring me as I am lossing some clots. I am in tears everyday because I am so worried it is also making me feel light headed.

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Bmess said on 10 February 2014

Hello I'm Ruth I'm 23 years of age I haven't had my period for 6 1/2 months my doctor says I'm a worry wart and told me I should read this book on worrying I told him it feels like my hair is falling out to but just ignored me and sed worrying again !! Help !?! Me and my partner decided to try for children to top it off about 7 months ago so any advice would help - we'll I'm worrying now I'm 23 not 12 and I have no periods!!

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Bmess said on 10 February 2014

Hello I'm Ruth (bmess) I am 23 years old and I have what I think is a problem, 6 1/2 months ago I had a petheic period there really is no point calling it a period but I had no idea that that that was going to be the last period I see ( I think) so now were in February and still no period paniking !!! myself and my partner just decided we wanted children as we'll and we were going to start trying, so what now? I went to the doctor two months ago and he sed I worry and told me I should read this book about worrying, we'll duhhhhhh of corse I'm worrying now, I'm 23 not 12 tbh I think my doctor foul have tested me more I told him my hair feels like it's falling out aswell he just looked at me and sed "your a worry wart arnt you" help ?!? Me If you have advice please
Thank you Ruth x

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padmaja karthik said on 02 January 2014

hi , i am 25 and my husband is 28 . we both married 3 years before . trying for baby . i had irregular periods and said that its due to PCO , but after taking treatment ,my periods were on date for around 10 months . now i again had missed periods . i thought i was conceived , but when i took the test on 45 day , i result was negative . after 53 days i got my periods . the flow was not usual and some layer like also little amount . i used only 2 pads a day . its my 10 day of periods , but the bleeding has not stopped . is there any problem?
tomorrow i am going to my GP .

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Alliedee68 said on 01 December 2013

Hi everyone dont no if any of you could help as i dont no whats goin on i had what i thought was my period on the 26th to the 28th of september which is shorter then normal then from the 11th to 14th i bled again not that heavy, now if i was on track i would be due another period but nothing and i have done tests which have come bk neg , but feeling really bloated and tired .

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Bain said on 28 November 2013

I am very confused, i had sex twice on a Saturday then a Sunday i was bleeding abit and then Monday i came on my period. I didn't use any kind of contraception but even though i came on my period, is there a chance i could still become pregnant. If so how high is the possibility ?

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Navyxx said on 03 September 2013

Basically I'm 19 and ever since I went on the injection I've not had a normal period for the past year I've been on almost every 1-2 weeks and quite heavy, however Ive had sex 3and half week ago and I haven't come on I have had a few pregnancy symptoms but they come and go I did take a test and it was negative to be sure I took another a week later and it was negative again , I'm so confused just wondering if this is normal ? Or if there is something wrong ?

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NAtink said on 24 August 2013

I'm 39 years old, I have been bleeding nearly 3 weeks. this has never happened before they usually last 5-7 days. I do have an implant in my arm. Any ideas?

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19kim85 said on 07 January 2013

i hope i get a reply im still though taking my pill and as from today ive started having a discharge why taking my pill is this normal or have i got something to worry about.

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c1s said on 09 August 2012

I am 39 and for the first time ever I have been on my period now for 2 weeks - they usually last 5-7 days. I am not on contraception. Any ideas?

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nay1234 said on 24 June 2012

hello,im 28 i'm on the pill i have to take 2 a day and for the last year iv had my periods but they are brown and red, and iv started the have a period every two weeks iv been to the doctors and had swop's done they come bk fine and iv also been for a scan on my ovary's they couldn't see anythink wrong iv got blood test on tue so just got to see if they come bk fine, but for the faw three weeks iv been on my period and iv have a pain on my right side and also get like a stabbing pain in my tummy, its areally getting me down and drepressed, its causing problems in my relationship aswell, i just dont know what to done plz help!!!

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rebz said on 13 December 2011


I hav been using microgynon the combined pill just for one month and had sex with a guy just twice in that month.I stopped the pill after having it for 21 days as instructed by the doctor and waited for my periods. 4-5 days after the pill being stopped I got my period but then the doctor said since there was a delay of 4-5 days it might not be a actual period but can be a bleeding.So I was tensed and soon after the 3 weeks of intercourse I took pregnancy test twice,both the results were negative.I was relaxed but then my next period was due on 7th of this month but till now (today's date is 13th) I have not got it.So is there any chance that am pregnant or will it be some delay? Should I wait for some more time to see whether I will get a period?

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User606773 said on 16 October 2011

I'm quite worried, im on microgynon and i still have 3 more pills to take and i shouldnt be coming on my period for atleast another 5 days but i have just come on. is this something i should be worried about? I have been using it for 2 years now so i don't know if i've become immune to it?

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charlie1990 said on 12 October 2011

i'm 21 the last 3 periods have been a bit unusal the 1st was for a week then off for a week then back on for aweek then two weeks off now i am having a long period i've been on it for 16 days now any reason for this thanks

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littlemisss said on 07 October 2011

hi i have bin having light bleeding for about 3 weeks dose any one no whet this could be i have slight pain with it but nothing to bad just reali worried and cant see gp till next week

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jadey24 said on 30 September 2011

help, i had sex then forgot my pill for 4 days, so i took all 4 at once, then a few days later the same thing happened again, after 3 days of not taking the pill i normaly come on but both times i didnt. i have carried on taking the pill like normal. bit worrie about my period not appering after the 3 days. is it worth a pregnancy test?

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cholmes18 said on 19 September 2011

Hi a few weeks ago,I'm on the combined pill at the moment and I have not missed taking any of them,since i started,a few weeks ago,i had sex with a guy and he used a condom and i took my pill as usual,I was just wondering,if you could tell me,I won't get pregnant,cause we were both protected?

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claire1482 said on 03 June 2011

hi ive been having a bright orage light period for 3 days now and im worried, could i be pregnant?

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itisme said on 20 April 2011

I don't know if anyone actually replies to these comments as they are all questions and no answers, but here goes....
I have had a Mirena Coil sionce 1998 (refitted every 5 years), and had it removed in December as we plan to try tfor a baby. I had no periods, or only occassional spotting on teh coil, which was normal. Since I have begun having periods again, they are regular - 26 days, but only last 2 days each and are very light. Before the coil I had painful, fairly irregulr but very heavy periods.

Are such short and light periods normal or can this affect my fertility? I mentioned this to my GP who said @that seems bit odd' which was helpful!!

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sharna louise said on 19 February 2011

i am on the pill injection and my next one is not due until april but i have been experiencing period pains and vaginal discharge. can anyone please advice me on what to do or what is happening thankyou

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Cam223 said on 23 January 2011

I am 24 and now nearly 2 weeks late and concerned. i got off the pill a few months ago and my boyfriend and i use condoms. Should i take a pregnancy test or is it ok to be a few weeks late? how long should i wait to take test otherwise? i have never been this late before.. please help.

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Bug2010 said on 27 August 2010

To all worried that they may be late starting their periods: I am 32 and started mine when I was 14. At the time peers can make you feel like it's a big issue but it really isn't: it soon becomes as normal as eating your tea or brushing your hair. I have a friend who is much curvier than me and started when she was 15. There is really nothing to worry about unless you're 17 or older and nothing's happened.

I have recently been learning about natural contraception/fertility awareness from an excellent NHS practitioner in the field, and it's been a revelation. It's high time the menstrual cycle as a whole was better taught in schools, rather than just the "periods" part of it. I've learnt, for instance, that the sticky white, or sometimes clear slippery, 'discharge' (I prefer the term cervical secretions) which all of us experience is a normal and healthy part of the menstrual cycle. And to think that for years I thought there must be something wrong with me?!

Also that a normal menstrual cycle can be anything between 21-36 days. Also that a healthy cycle varies: anyone who tells you their periods are "as regular as clockwork" is either on the pill (and hence not having a true period) or not telling the truth! Also that there are a number of days each month when you're infertile.

I'd highly recommend fertility awareness/natural contraception as it has been really empowering for me to find out how it all works and get to understand myself better. It involves keeping a daily record of your temperature and any cervical secretions noted. You are definitely in a much stronger position to make choices about your health and fertility once you have this knowledge. It can also be used to assess when you are likely to be most fertile, if you are trying to conceive. Highly recommended!

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classychick88 said on 27 June 2010

hi i was put on anti biotics for a urine infection, it was a 7 day course. i started on the thursday and took my last pill on the tuesday then the last anitbiotic on the thursday after. i am due to start taking the pill again on this tuesday. the doctor told me to use condoms for 10 days, is this 10 days after the last antibiotic. also i had to have a break as i was on the third pill packet, but the website told me to take another packet with no breaks. im confused and dont want babies!!!!!

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ajj1986 said on 18 June 2010

Hi, i have had bad periods for about 13 years now. im in my mid 20s and i suffer from really bad period pains, so severe that i cant go to work or do anything. i also get very dizzy and nauseous. i have been to the doctors alot of times, they have prescribed me all sorts of drugs, neither have worked. I am now on the contraceptive pill which works perfectly! I still get the pain but not as bad as it was.

I have had an ultrasound to see if there are any problems and were told there werent.

I dont want to be on the pill for the rest of my life as it can cause problems and is a pain to take on a day to day basis. If i come off the pill, i get bad pains again and the symptoms come back really strong.

is there any other tests i can have that would determine if there is anything wrong?

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Poppyhead77 said on 10 June 2010

Hi, I'm 32 and have been on the pill injection for 5 years........2 years ago i came off the injection, with the hope of becoming pregnant....This has not yet happened. I have had a few appointments with an endocrinologist, who believes i may have polycystic ovary syndrome. I've had a transvaginal ultrasound which showed up a 3cm cyst. He is now referring me to a gynaecologist. I'm feeling very low and worried that i won't conceive. I have not had a period since i began the pill injection, which is now 7 years ago.......I'm desperatley worried and don't seem to be getting much help. I have an 8 year old daughter and really want to give her a brother or sister, can anyone suggest anything that may help?

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Waldena said on 21 May 2010

I am 19yrs old and its been 3months and i have yet not got my periods. I didnt have a boyfriend... So forget of having sex with anyone... I just dont understand watz wrong... And this has not been the 1st time.. My periods are very irregular. Sometimes i get my periods perfectly every month and than it takes a break of 2months... But this time its really crossed the time... Can anyone pls help me out

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Harley92 said on 30 April 2010

hi guys, im 17, ive been very ill with a cold for the past week and have been taking dicoflanic sodium for a sore foot, also have had unprotected sex, would any of this affect my period?

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KAY89 said on 24 April 2010

Hi i'm in desperate need of advise as i'm sick with worry. I recently changed my pill ( 3 months ago) from the mini to the 21 day pill : low strength pill. I ran two packs together because i was going on holiday and now Ive missed my period during my pill free week. I dont know what to do im soo worried because I had sex during my pill free week. Please help me in a university student who need advise asap!

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TMPOD said on 19 March 2010

I am now in my thirties and have tried both the injection and the coil.

Firstly I remember my periods didnt start untill I was in my late teens and were increadably heavy for 7 days, and were usually preceeded 7 days before I came on with migraines.

To everyone. Don't worry too much you are all unique and will start when it is right for you, I found my mum has always been great support when I had worries and concerns. Mainly because she remembers what it was like for her. I also found when I was away at university the practice nurses were great wells of information and really supportive as well.

Periods are a natural part of been us and as women we shouldnt be afraid to talk about it when something concerns us.

Personally I found the injection weas great for me as it reduced my periods down to the point where i never had any because i had been on it so long, then when i changed to the coil i continued to have none.

Now I have periods that last 3-4 days and are so much lighter it is bliss. Though I still get the period cramps it has always made things managable.

Hope this has helped people.

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mrswalker86 said on 07 March 2010

Hi i am hoping someone can answer my worry i have.
everytime i am due on at least the week prior to coming on i always suffer from really bad diarrohea. i cant even eat something plain without it causing me problems this normally happens for 3-5 days then a few days after i get my normal period cramps then spotting starts does anybody else get this or is there a solution to this??

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lazy said on 20 February 2010

i took the mornign after pill on the 3rd Jan 2010 and came on my period on the 10th becuase i missed my pill... thani done it excatly the same thing the other weeked and i stil havent come come on, i have done pregnancy test and they have came up failed HELP

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madyson96 said on 18 February 2010

hi im 13 and i started my period last year on the 19th of december and came off on the 24th and i havent come on since its been 50 days to this day i havent been on and im starting to get worried what should i do ?

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madyson96 said on 18 February 2010

hi im 13 and i started my period last year on the 19th of december and came off on the 24th and i havent come on since its been 50 days to this day i havent been on and im starting to get worried what should i do ?

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Erinrebecca said on 17 February 2010

I am 14 nearly 15 and i havnt started my period yet, at one point i thought i had but all that happened was for a day or 2 blood was constantly dripping it was about 4 months ago and hasnt happened since. i have had no signs of starting, all my friends have started and talk about it, im worried Is there something wrong with me? should i go see a doctor???? Please help me.

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angel_eyes_88 said on 03 February 2010

I am 21 years old in good health, i came off my pill 3 and half weeks ago halfway through my packet (id already missed a few so thought it would be best to come off them) I had a bleed 3 days later which was like a normal period and lasted 5 days as usual.
I have started trying for a baby with my partner, however we are worried as we have both have chlamydia twice, each time not very long and has been treated straight away. My partner did give it to me first and was unsure how long he had it. Will this effect me getin pregnant, either me having problems or him having problems...
please help put my mind at ease

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suzyluzie said on 30 January 2010

i'v been on the pill for 3 years and have never had inbetween bleeding. i am now getting it theres no reason i havent missed a pill or anything please help ?!?!?

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tiggerbird1983 said on 23 January 2010

i was on the contaceptive injection for around 7 years and came off of it in november to start trying for a baby, its been 2 months now and no sign of a period. i have done multiple tests and they are showing up negative, can i even get pregnant if i dont have a period? it seems like a really hazy area looking for information on the subjuct :/

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Taylor30 said on 19 January 2010

I stopped taking my pill last month as I am now trying for a baby.
I have been on the pill for about 13 years and I know it can take a while for your body to get back into it's natural sync. So far (over a month later) i've not had a period but I know I'm not pregnant yet. Does anyone know how long it could take for my body to get back to normal, or if being on the pill for a great length of time can mean getting pregnant could take ages!
I know someone that conceived within months of not taking the pill and they were on it for 10 years, but i've been told this is uncommon.
Any advice appreciated.

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kimmykoo said on 14 January 2010

i had my last period on the 7th nov we didnt have sex till the 22nd of nov its now the 13/1/10 and i still havnt come on . i have done 7 test and they all come up no. my dr sent me for a scan and again they cant see anythink but did say if its less then 5weeks it would not show. iv never been this late. any idea what is going on!!!!!!!!!

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playbuni said on 31 December 2009

I had my son 2 years ago, and went on the implant straight after he was born, i had nothing but hassle for the 2 years i was on it with non stop bleeding lasting a month at a time, i recently had been bleeding for 8 wks without any sign of it stopping so i decided to get it taken out and a couple of days later it stopped completly, but after all the hassle i am now worried i havent had any period in over 3 months now and was wondering if this is normal .

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christmas92 said on 17 December 2009

Hi im 17 i have been on the pill for the last 2years but i stoped takeing it last month as they were makeing feel down all the time When i was on the pill i came on evry 24 days for 3 days but this month ive had no period, ive been getting period pains but i still haen't had my period for this month. Is this normal??? Thanks

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AlishaT said on 21 November 2009

Hi, I really need some serious advice. I'm 18 and for the past 3months ive been on my period constantly. They are sometimes heavy or light. I don't want to visit my doctor because I really don't like to speak about things like this to someone I don't no face to face. I'm a virgin so it can't be anything to do with sex. I'm currently with someone though and having to put off sex all the time due to this is becoming a HUGE problem. I'm really worried there is something wrong so please can anyone reply.

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User351142 said on 20 October 2009

Firstly, what an eloquent comment!
Re: advice on inserting a tampon, I had great difficulty with this too during the early years of my period.
You already know to relax, great start.
It can be easier to insert if you stand with one leg on the floor, with the other foot and leg on the toilet seat. Sounds funny but it can help!
My other piece of advice is try using a vaginal lubricant, such as KY Jelly. I know it might be embarrassing to buy, but it definitely helps. Discuss this option with your mum- you don't want to worry her that you're having sex too early, it's just to help with tampons.
As for everyone else who is still waiting for their period to start and worrying- DON'T! I miss the days when I was pain-free and didn't get bloated and depressed because of my periods (I get very heavy ones)! It can hurt, make your breasts uncomfortably swollen (it hurts to take my bra off during this time because they're so heavy and tender) amongst other things- just enjoy being yourself- adulthood comes quickly and it doesn't go away! It doesn't make you any less female or grown-up/mature if your period hasn't started and other girls have. It just means you save yourself some soreness and you can spend the money that you would have spent on sanitary towels/tampons on something nicer!
Hope this helps. xxx

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JessieJessieJessie said on 11 September 2009

To almaaa,
Hi My name is Jessie and i'm 14, i have only just started my periods this year. I used to stress and stress over it, and i was so worried that i would never start. But actually you need not worry if you havn't started your periods till you are arounf 16. And then you should visit your doctor. my mum started her periods when she was 14, knowing that made me feel better before i started, and at the moment my periods are very irregular, i have one in april then one in july and then one in september that has just ended! I think you should ask you mum when she started, and it will probably be around 14! That really made me feel better to find out! And recently I got an amusing leaflet about periods which i passed arround my class and we all had a good laugh, then when we talked about it (this was year 9) i descovered that only about 75% of the class had started, that surprised me cos i thought everyone whould have! But I think you should just not worry about it! Because when you get your periods its a relief but actually you might get period pains (i didn't till my third period and my mum gets them all the time) but even if you dont you have to buy all the stuff, then change them reguarly, which is annoying at school, then you have heavy flow at some times in the period (i have it on the second day of 'flowing'). Then yuo cant swim unless you wear a tampon, (and tampons are quite easy to put in (if you relax, tensing muscles makes it impossable) but can be uncomfortable if they are not in properly and i can never seem to get them in far enough!
So please dont worry about them, because they are not that bad, but they are not that good, just wait till you get them and dont try and bring them on, they start when your hight and wieght even out (fat people start earlyer than skinny people who start later). But dont put on weight just to start, there is no need!
If anyone has any advice about putting in tampon i will check this page regularly!
Love Jessie xxx

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almaaa said on 21 August 2009

i am 13 years old and sooooooooooo woried i havent started what can help me start and is this good

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linzi24 said on 18 August 2009

ever since my daughter was born a year ago i have had drematic waight loss i have a period twice a mounth some times all through the month, i was on the coil but my gp advised me to have it taken out and go on the pill but it doesn't seem to have helped. what else could i do?

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patrick22 said on 21 July 2009

i had a period last week , then started taking my pill , after 1 week of being on the pill i wanted another period so i stopped taking the pill, its been nearly 4 days and have not had a period yet. what should i do?

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sandy42 said on 09 July 2009

hi i was on the injection which i hsd to shots of , then broke up with my partner so stopped aving the injection my last injection should of bin in april this yr i neva ad it but now 3 months later still no period any ideas y i avent ad sex in all that time btw

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Leek said on 29 June 2009

Hi Im currently taking a contraceptive pill however I have not took this for over 3 weeks in order to have my period, whiach has not started. I have taken a pregnancy test twice and both results were negative. Usually when I stop taking my pill my period starts within days, should I worry ?

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Lo-Lo19 said on 22 May 2009

Hi. I had my period on the 4th of May and I have started another period on Thursday 21st of May. Is it normal???

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kingkong said on 21 May 2009

hi im due on my period this weekend but im also going on holiday, my period couldnt come at a more inconfiniant time, is there anything i can do or take to delay my period till after the weekend????

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pink_keira_87 said on 21 April 2009

hi after i had my baby sometimes i have my periods close together like i will have one period on the 15th of a month then the next one will come on the 29th of the same month is that normal???

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