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Why is my Period Early? Possible Causes and Remedies

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We’ve all freaked out because of a period cycle that is a little over the place. A few days late and you start counting the days when you last had sex, a few days early and you worry that you might be menstruating too often. There really is no peace to be had when it comes to your periods.

But, guess what? You’re fine! All periods are different, unique in their own way; sometimes in their flow, sometimes in their length or sometimes by the amount of pain they cause you.

Let’s learn a few things about what can cause your period to come early.

What counts as an early period?

Most people bleed anywhere between two to seven days. But, the bleeding varies from person to person.

A menstrual cycle could last between 21 to 39 days. To find out yours, count the days between the last day of your last period till the first day of your next period.

Early period causes alarm bells to ring in menstruators’ heads. If you often experience menstrual cycles that are shorter than 21 days, and lead to you having your periods early, you might want to find out the cause. It could be a symptom of something serious.

What can cause an early period?

If you’ve been wondering to yourself, “why did I get my period early?” keep reading.

You could be experiencing an early period due to the following reasons:

  1. Puberty

    Puberty could be one of the reasons for an early period. The reproductive hormones gear up for action when you are between the ages 9-13. These days’ kids get their periods by the time they are 14 by latest.

    Your hormones are all over the place during the first few years of hitting puberty. You might experience irregular periods during this time. There is, however, no cause for concern.

  2. Perimenopause

    Just like puberty, your hormones fluctuate wildly during perimenopause. It is the stage before menopause hits you for good, and you are no longer bothered by periods and its shenanigans.

    Perimenopause usually begins in your mid to late forties and might last for about four years. Sometimes it could last for even ten years if your reproductive hormones are putting up a really good fight against ageing.

  3. Certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    STIs or STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause you to experience a shorter menstrual cycle. They do not typically cause any outwardly apparent symptoms. One thing that might give them away is spotting between periods or vaginal discharge with a few droplets of blood.
    You might also experience these if you’ve caught an STI:

    • painful sex

    • pain or burning when peeing

    • pain in your abdomen

    This is why, always use protection during sexual activities.

  4. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

    PCOS is a very common hormonal condition among women of reproductive age. PCOS causes a lot of fluctuations in your hormones, and in turn, your periods.

    You might experience these along with irregular periods if you have PCOS:

    • missed periods

    • excessive facial or body hair

    • acne or oily skin

    • weight gain or difficulty in losing gained weight

    • anxiety and/or depression

    • hair loss or male patterned baldness, etc.

  5. Endometriosis

    Endometriosis can cause fluctuations in your period cycle. It occurs when tissues that are supposed to grow inside the uterus start to grow outside such as your ovaries, abdomen, and bowel.

    Along with irregular cycles, endometriosis can cause

    • menstrual cramps that are very severe

    • lower back pain

    • pain during or after sexual penetration

  6. Hormonal birth control

    Hormonal birth control can have a direct impact on your menstruation and ovulation.

    The timing of your period will depend on the time during which you took these pills in your menstrual cycle.

    You should carefully consider birth control medications and their possible side effects with your doctor before having any.

  7. Weight fluctuations

    If you have recently lost a lot of weight, expect your menstrual cycle to go a little crazy.

    When your body is not in its optimum state, it goes into survival mode. When in survival mode, reproduction is not your body’s main priority, surviving is. So, your body reserves energy pools for essential life functions and stops producing reproductive hormones. This is why you might be facing irregularities in your periods.

    When your period springs surprises on you, these tips might help:

  8. Tracking periods

    We cannot stress on the importance of tracking your periods enough. You can try various apps freely available on the internet today. You will be able to predict when your next period is, notice patterns, make out any sudden changes, etc.

  9. Take care of yourself

    Take care of yourself. You might be going through a rough patch in life so it’s doubly important to hold on tightly to your self-love. Have a balanced diet, exercise regularly, engage in activities that make your heart smile.

  10. Use a period product that works for you

    When you get a surprise visit, the last thing you need on your plate is having to deal with inefficient menstrual products. You deserve the best of the best such as RIO pads. RIO Pads:

    • soak more than regular sanitary pads

    • have a soft top layer

    • are shaped like an hourglass, wider at the front and the back

    • are enhanced with world-class SAP technology to turn liquid blood into a gel quickly

    • are harmful chemicals, paraben, chlorine and artificial fragrance-free

With RIO, you have a better period!

When to consult a doctor

We hope you now know what can cause an early period. If you experience discomfort and pain along with early periods, you need to see a doctor. Otherwise, getting period early is not something to be terribly concerned about.

This is all from us! If you have any more concerns related to your menstrual cycle, leave them in the comments section below.

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