10:29 am - 01/31/2010

two periods a month, is this normal?

I had my first period starting jan 2, and it ended on the 6 or 7th earlier this month.

then on jan. 28, i started my period again, and i'm still menstrating. it'll end in february.

is it normal to start periods twice a month. i've had this happen before but never kept track of it. what's going on ?
trex_in_boots 31st-Jan-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Are you under stress? It's possible for your menstrual cycle to get messed up that way, it happens to me and also to some other girls I know.
tisha313 31st-Jan-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't been eating much lately. I've been on a liquid diet
trex_in_boots 31st-Jan-2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
That may have caused it. But I would consult with a professional to make sure.
bonoffee 31st-Jan-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
This has happened to me before. I once had three in the space of two months! Lots of things can contribute to this, for example stress. To me it doesn't sound like anything to worry about, but if you keep being irregular I don't think it'd hurt to ask someone, just for your own sake.
archangelbeth 31st-Jan-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's a little short, but it's about 20 days between, so I'd not worry, really.

(In 2008, I had a sequence of probably anovulatory cycles, resulting in...
June 21-26
July 7-13 (10 days after the end of the June one)
July 23-26 (9 days after the end of the first July one; it was fairly scanty)
August 11-16 (15 days after the end of the second July one)
And then it went back to normal, just before I'd have gone to the doctor, with my next period at Sep 14-20.)

If you don't track your periods much, this could be normal for you -- if you generally started late or in the middle of one month, ~20 days would get you into the next month, but a little earlier in it, till eventually you had two periods -- one very early in the month, and one very late in the month.

I'd suggest grabbing a cheap, lined notebook at the store and sticking a pencil in it, and just recording the dates of your periods. (I started keeping mine in 1991; still have it!) You can put down other data (cramps, spotty starts, etc.), but it can be very good for tracking odd things -- like my "didn't I just have my period??" sequence above -- so you can know how long they're lasting, or if they're within normal for you, or what.
tisha313 31st-Jan-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Nope I dont track my periods much at all.

I'll defintely start tracking them now. I just dont bother since I'm not sexually active
archangelbeth 31st-Jan-2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Understandable! I didn't bother till I became sexually active. It's just... a useful little tool, now.
oceansolitude 31st-Jan-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
The 2nd, day one of the cycle, and 28th, day one of the second cycle are 26 days apart, which is within average for menstrual cycle lengths. It just happens that this month was long enough for two cycles.
wrenna 31st-Jan-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
It depends on how long your cycle normally is. There are 26 days from Jan 2 to Jan 28, so if you normally have a roughly 26 day cycle then you will get two periods in a month if your first one starts during the first couple of days of January.
If your cycle is normally longer, then it could be due to stress, or just a random anomaly.
nodisrespect 31st-Jan-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
my best friend has her periods really frequently. it seems like she's always on it. she's a lesbian so she doesn't keep track of them for any reason but i'd wager a guess that her cycle is about 20 to 22 days on average. ive read though that short cycles are bad for conceiving because of the timing of the ovulation or something like that.
tisha313 31st-Jan-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
thank you all for responding! its just that i hate my period and the cramps that accompany them so this is a really big inconvienience for me.

I've had this happen before and then it wont happen again until several months later

My periods can be kinda long like 5 days too
archangelbeth 31st-Jan-2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Five days isn't that long! Mine are 5-7 days. O:(

If it's happened before, and then again several months later, I'm betting that your periods are just slightly shorter than 28-30 days, so they're gradually ooching back on the calendar until you get 2 in a single month again. But can't know for sure till you've been tracking for several months.
queensugar 31st-Jan-2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
A 26-day cycle is pretty normal. The oft-cited "average" cycle, as you've heard, is 28 days, and the average range is anywhere from 25 to 38 days or so, so I really wouldn't sweat it. Remember that even on an "average" 28-day cycle that's usually cited, people will often have two periods in a month if they start on the first, second or third day of the month.

Also five days is a totally average time, probably even the most commonly cited average, for period length. :)
kissxbangxbangx 31st-Jan-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
This happens to me quite often. I have fairly short cycles, so if I get my period very near the beginning of the month, I'll have another one at the end of the month. For example, it might be like this:

January - start period on 10th (for example)
Feb - start period on 7th
March - start period on 3rd
April - start period on 1st, then start period again on 27th
May - start period on 24th

And so on, so a couple of times a year, I end up with two in the same month.
kyriefluffins 1st-Feb-2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've had this happen too >_>; Sorry, no answers though ._.
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