12 Most Common Period Questions & Answers

Every woman has them, but many questions about periods are still unanswered. How many days is a cycle? How much blood do I lose during my period? And what is PMS really? We are here to help you out with the answers to the questions you always wanted to ask.

So, here are the most common period questions and answers:

  1. How many days is a cycle?

Usually the female cycle lasts between 21 and 38 days. The first day of your period (when you start bleeding) is also the first day of a new cycle. The period usually lasts three to seven days. So, a cycle lasts from your first day of your period until the day before your next bleeding starts. Every woman’s cycle is different and you should remember that your body is not a machine. Your cycle length can vary from one cycle to the next.

2. When does the ovulation take place?

Usually ovulation occurs about 14 days after the start of your period. The egg cell can then be fertilized for about 24 hours. Again, this can vary, your ovulation does not always occur exactly 14 days after your bleedings started.

3. Can I get pregnant during menstruation?

It is unlikely but not impossible. Because, as mentioned in question 2, ovulation does not always have to take place exactly in the middle of the cycle. If your ovulation takes place during menstruation, it is possible.

4. When do girls get their first period?

Nowadays, the first period usually occurs between the ages of 9 and 16. On average, girls reach menarche (their first period) at 12.5 years. 

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5. How much blood do women lose during menstruation?

On average, just 40-60 milliliters of blood are lost during a cycle. If you lose more than 80 milliliters of blood (during a 7-day cycle) you might consult a doctor, as this might be a sign of an excessive menstruation (hypermenorrhea). This information on milliliters is very difficult to measure so we advise to measure it by checking how many tampons of sanitary napkins you need. If you need more than 5 sanitary napkins or tampons per day or if you need to change the sanitary napkins or tampons more than every 2 hours – this might indicate hypermenorrhea. In this case you should ask your doctor for advice.

6. What is PMS?

PMS stands for ‘Premenstrual syndrome’ which means it occurs prior (before) your menstruation, so in the second half of your cycle. Typical during this time of your cycle are different physical and psychological symptoms. These can be pain, mood swings, sleep difficulties and digestive problems. The symptoms usually disappear with the onset of your period.

7. Is sports allowed during the period?

The general answer is yes, you are allowed to exercise during your period. Some exercises can even help you to reduce period cramps! But there are other factors you have to consider and things to avoid. You can read all about it in our blogpost about “Exercise during Period – what you should do and avoid”. 

8. Are there breaks during menstruation?

Sometimes it might occur that your bleeding stops during your period and then starts again a few hours or a day later. This is usually nothing to be worried about. It can happen that the blood gathers in the folds of the back of the vagina and then comes out later. This often happens when you have not moved in a while, if you have been sitting still for some hours and then get up or when you get up in the morning after sleeping. 

9. How can I calculate the time of my next period?

A common method is to simply count up 28 days from the first day of menstruation. But – this is only a rough calculation. You can expect your next period to start circa 25 to 31 days after the first day of bleeding. As we said before, your body is not a machine and cycle lengths can vary.

10. Which home remedies help to relieve menstrual pain? 

We have written a whole blogpost on “home remedies to reduce period cramps”, where you find our best tips and tricks to make your period easier and more comfortable.

Read: 7 Home Remedies TO Reduce Menstrual Cramps

11. Why is the blood darker towards the end of my period?

Many girls and women start to worry when they see that their period blood looks more brown than red but there is a simple explanation: part of the blood that comes out has been in your uterus for a while, so it’s older blood and that’s why it is darker. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal and safe!

12. Why does period blood smell so strange?

Old blood has a strange smell. The vagina is usually acidic. It should be. But blood has a basic pH value. During your menstrual period, the vagina becomes more basic (alkaline). This is partly due to the increase in certain types of bacteria and nothing to worry about.

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