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11 February 2014 @ 09:12 pm
Hi everyone,

I have a question about my periods;

When I first started my periods near the end of last year, my first one lasted a day and was super, super light. The next period came roughly 6-7 weeks later, slightly heavier and roughly lasted 2 days, then next one came 4 weeks later and again heavier and lasted longer. Fast forward. Now my periods are 1 week long and the last three have come two weeks apart from each other. Is this normal for a 13, nearly fourteen year old girl?

I don't really mind them 'cause of my cup, but the one thing that I hate is that I can't swim with my cup 'cause water always gets in!

Is this normal?

Thanks everyone, you are all amazing!

Sammi xxx
nemesis27nemesis27 on February 11th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)

menstrual disorders are common at the begining of the cycles, the first year I think, so, don´t worry about that at the moment.

I can swim with my cups, only when I use the MeLuna happens what you mention, water enters, is the meluna classic and I think is because its firmness.
Try with a soft cup, can works for you.

Luceafaraluceafara on February 11th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds normal to me.
My first one lasted a few days, my second one came 6 months later, and then I was irregular just like you described.
I ended up going on hormonal birth control because mine never got sorted out 100%.

For me, the Fleurcup is watertight. I don't remember if i ever tried to swim with the Si-bell or the Melunas last summer, but I do remember my Fleurcup kept me safe for hours on the beach.
darkanddusty on February 11th, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Irregular early periods are suuuuuper normal, bordering on expected. I've had mine for 7+ years now (also started at 13) and they've never been like clockwork, except when they've been withdrawal bleeds on birth control. So you're fine!

Also, props for finding out about cups this early in the game. It'll save you a lot of annoyance in the long run, lol.
Luceafaraluceafara on February 11th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
I have to second darkanddusty on her congrats on finding out about cups so early. I wish I had known about them at your age - it would have saved me a lot of uncomfortable situations and a lot of aggravation!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 11th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yup, what everyone else said--totally normal. You might even expect a couple more years of really whacked-out cycles (though if you hit, say, 18 and your periods are still extremely irregular or they get super heavy, you might chat with your doctor about the possibility of birth control, because it might signal that your hormones haven't straightened themselves out). Heck I'm 28 and my cycles still aren't 100% predictable--I have to rely more on physical symptoms than the calendar to know when my period is coming.
lacrymaslave on February 12th, 2014 08:16 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone, I wish I had known about cups 20 years ago! My first years were a blur to me, I don't even remember when I started being regular or if I had stupidly short/long cycles in the beginning at all, I know for sure my first bleed was at 8, but I don't remember it bothering me regularly until I was 10.

My worst memory was when I had just moved to Australia, I was in year 6 and during class I'd leaked through my jeans even though I was wearing a long pad with a regular one linked at the back! I knew something was wrong and when I stood up to check, there was a massive red patch on the white plastic cushion, I was so embarrassed but luckily no one seemed to have noticed, I spoke hardly any English then and was too embarrassed to say anything anyway, I ended up with my jacket tied around my waist for the rest of the day, it was horrible!
Luceafaraluceafara on February 12th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
I've had a few instances where I started bleeding suddenly while in school. I never knew when my period would be sneaking up on me in the first years.

Had I had a cup then, I would have just worn it every day and not have to deal with the trauma it created, because I wouldn't even notice it started.
trejoytrejoy on February 14th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
My first year (I was 13) was wacky, too. I remember having one period last two weeks (while on vacation, ugh). Though things evened out the next year, I never went more than 21 days, and sometimes as short as two weeks, between periods until I began using progesterone cream. Something like miraculous to reach 28 or even 29 days before the next cycle.

Edited at 2014-02-14 01:53 am (UTC)
nerdswithswordsnerdswithswords on March 3rd, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone else. It is completely common to have irregulars for the first while. If it does go on for a year or two you may want to bring it up at a doctors appointment. I had very heavy periods every 2-3 weeks, and about a 9 days cycle for a good couple of years. My doctor just put me on something to regulate it.

Edited at 2014-03-03 03:34 am (UTC)