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When do they begin?

How often?

Periods usually begin around the age of 12, although some will start them earlier or later.

A delay in starting your period isn’t usually a cause for concern. You should be having regular periods by age 16 to 18.

For most of us, this happens every 28 days or so, but it’s common for periods to be more or less frequent than this, ranging from day 21 to day 40 of their menstrual cycle.

Your period can last between 3 and 8 days, but it will usually last for about 5 days. The bleeding tends to be heaviest in the first 2 days.

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What products can I use?

What to look out for?

There are lots of period products to choose from and they are either reusable or disposable:

  • Period Pads

  • Tampons

  • Period Pants

  • Menstrual Cups

If you experience any of the following it is always best to seek advice from your doctor:

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Very painful menstrual cramps

  • Painful intercourse

For more information on the above please see here.

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When do they stop?

Every woman is born with the total number of eggs she will have already in her ovaries.

Once menses begins a period will take place every month until there are no eggs remaining. This is called menopause.

Menopause usually begins between the age of 45 -55.

Fore more guidance on the menopause please see here.

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