Guille Faingold

Things Your Body Is Trying To Tell You When Your Period Comes Early

Did your period come early? Before you start freaking out, take a few deep breaths. The human body is weird and strange, but you're not alone. This happens to women all around the world, and it's probably completely normal.

Here are a few quick facts if you're not completely up to speed about everything menstrual-related: Women start getting their periods when they hit puberty.

For some women, their periods start when they are as young as 11 years old. Others might not get their periods until they turn 15 or 16. Period blood is the shedding of the uterine lining, and it occurs when there is no need for a newly fertilized embryo.

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Bleeding can last anywhere from two to seven days, and the typical length between periods is about 28 days. But, it varies per person. Periods can be monitored. Once they are regular, they occur at around the same time every month. So, when one comes earlier than expected, it might be nerve-racking.

But, there is typically no need to worry. Here are some reasons for your early period:

1. Your period is not regular yet.

If you just started getting your period, it will take a few years for it to get regular. You may skip a month, or your period might come a few weeks early.

2. You took the morning-after pill.

Taking Plan B after having unprotected sex can also cause your period to come early.

3. You're on birth control.

Birth control has artificial hormones in it that are designed to make your body think it is already pregnant. This is why it's effective for preventing pregnancies.

If you just started taking the pill and are on a pill-free week, you may start bleeding. If you stopped taking the pill, the drop in hormones may also cause you to bleed. When you first get an IUD, it can make you bleed more heavily than normal, and it may make your period irregular.

4. You have a sexually transmitted infection.

Sexually transmitted infections may cause bleeding in between periods. However, the bleeding is usually lighter than a period.

When your period comes early, take note of how heavy the flow is in comparison to your other periods. You may have to wait a day or two. If the flow is normal, you probably don't have a STI.

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5. You've lost or gained a lot of weight.

Once again, the change in hormonal levels will disrupt your menstrual cycle.

6. You're stressed.

Being stressed out can cause a physical reaction by bringing your period early. Stress could even stop your flow altogether.

7. There has been a change in your normal routine.

Any change from your normal pattern – whether you're traveling on holiday or changing how often and how long you exercise – can causes changes in hormone levels. This may affect your period.

Working more and not resting enough may also be reasons. Our bodies like consistency.

8. You have gynecological or medical conditions.

If you have any problems with your uterus or ovaries, your period may stop or become irregular. Visit a gynecologist you're experiencing any abnormal changes.

If you've made any recent lifestyle changes and your period does come early, then you probably don't need to worry. It's most likely normal. Your body is telling you it has recognized a change in your normal patterns.

Instead of being worried that your period has come early, be happy your body is responding to external factors. At least you know your body is aware of what's going on in your life.