Regular periods: last for 5 days, average menstrual cycle of 28 days, may experience slight cramping during the period. Irregular periods: suddenly stop for 90 days, erratic period, bleeding lasts for more than 7 days, severe menstrual cramps, sudden fever after using tampons, period is longer than 21 to 35 days apart and may experience bleeding between periods.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman’s body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. Tracking your menstrual cycle can help you find out what’s normal for you and what isn’t.
Your menstrual cycle might be regular — about the same length every month — or somewhat irregular, and your period might be light or heavy, painful or pain-free, long or short, and still be considered normal. Within a broad range, “normal” is what’s normal for you.
Signs that prove that your menstrual cycles are regular
– Normal menstrual bleeding lasts about 5 days.
– The normal amount of blood you lose during your period will depend on how heavy they are. It’s usually about 30 to 72 millilitres (5 to 12 teaspoons), although some women bleed more heavily than this.
– The average menstrual cycle is 28 days. However, anywhere from 21 to 35 days between periods is considered a normal menstrual cycle.
– It’s normal to experience a small amount of cramping during your period.
Signs and symptoms of abnormal periods:
– Your periods suddenly stop for more than 90 days — and you’re not pregnant.
– Your periods become erratic after having been regular.
– You bleed for more than seven days.
– You bleed more heavily than usual or soak through more than one pad or tampon every hour or two.
– Your period is longer than 21 to 35 days apart, or less than two weeks from day one of your period to day one of your next period.
– You bleed between periods
– You suddenly get a fever and feel sick after using tampons.
– You suddenly begin experiencing severe menstrual cramps. If you suddenly begin having severe cramps you should be evaluated by your health care provider to determine the cause of the increased pain you experience during your period.