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7 Reasons Why You Might Be Getting Your Period More Than Once A Month

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It’s bad enough dealing with your period once a month—the cramps, the mood swings, the potentially ruined underwear… But twice?

As it turns out, a more frequent period isn’t all that abnormal. “The average cycle should occur every 21 to 35 days and last anywhere from two to seven days,” explains Lakeisha Richardson, an M.D. and ob-gyn based in Greenville, Mississippi. If you’re on the shorter end of that spectrum, that math could easily translate into getting your period twice in one month. And about 40 to 60 percent of women will have some irregular periods throughout their life, she says.

“Since most women know their cycles, they will also usually recognize if something is off,” adds Alyssa Dweck, an ob-gyn and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V. In most cases, the reason will be benign, so there’s no need to worry, says Richardson. And while dealing with a period that goes away and comes back is frustrating on it’s own, it can also make you fear something’s not right with your lady parts.

“Irregular bleeding can have different implications depending on age, medical history, and family history,” says Dweck, “so it’s important to seek ob-gyn guidance if you have persistent, recurrent, or worrisome bleeding habits.” Your doctor can help identify the cause and treatment, typically with just a pelvic exam, vaginal and cervical cultures, and a pelvic ultrasound, says Richardson.

So before you freak out about the unfairness of double the periodtime, consider what might be going on:

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