Most of us girls want to know how long our period will last. We get our monthly period when our uterus sheds its lining. Our flow is a combination of that lining (endometrium) and blood. This happens 12 to 16 days after you ovulate.
When you first get your period in your teens, on average, it will last anywhere from two to eight days. We must remember that every woman’s cycle is different. We can’t compare ourselves girls. There will be about 18 to 40 days before we get our next period. Our first period tends to be a bit irregular, so don’t worry if it lasts longer or starts later. It takes time for the body to create consistency. On average, it takes about 2 to 3 years for our cycle to become consistent.
Cycles in our teen years vary from 24 days to 45 days while our adult cycles are about 21 to 35 days. It’s important to track our cycle so we can be prepared with feminine hygiene products such as pads, panty liners, and tampons. There are great period trackers out there or just mark your calendars. One of our favorite period trackers is “Fertility Friend Mobile”.
Don’t freak out if you skip a month. Stress or being sick can cause you to skip one period. However, if you skip more than one cycle, it’s important to reach out to your health care provider. It’s always better to be safe when it comes to our health. Also, be aware that birth control can change our flow and how long our period lasts. You might also see a bit of period weight gain. Don’t worry…it’s mainly water weight.
We will continue to have our monthly periods until menopause. Menopause occurs between the ages of 44 to 55. When we stop ovulating/producing eggs, we begin the menopause process. Menopause, like periods, can vary from girl to girl and it can occur over several years. Until then girls, stock up on your tampons because it’s going to be around for awhile. Check out other articles if you have questions about pads vs tampons or how often should you change your tampon.
Written By: Jonna Piira, CEO of Kali
Member of the Kali Girl Tribe.