Having your period twice a month: is it normal?

Written by Marion Goilav

Relecture professionnelle

Menstruation is an integral part of women's lives. So, when we notice any disturbance in our cycle, however slight, it's normal to worry. One of the most common disturbances is having your period twice a month. But how is this possible? We tell you all about it in this article!

Is it possible to menstruate twice in the same month?

The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. However, it can happen that your irregularthat they come either earlier or later. And in some cases, it's even possible to have two periods in one month.

Irregular periods at puberty

It's common at puberty, i.e. at the start of the menstrual cycle, to menstruate twice a month. Hormones are in a state of upheaval, so the menstrual cycle is not regular. Everything's normal, don't panic! In addition to irregular flows, at puberty you may also experience more painful periods, more PMS - in short, a less pleasant menstrual cycle.

Menstrual cycle of 24 days or less

As mentioned above, the average cycle lasts 28 days. So if you have your period twice a month, it's just possible that you have a short cycle. Some women have a shorter cycle than others, who have a longer cycle.

To find out the length of your cycles, simply note the date of your menstrual flow at the start of each period. On the other hand, if your cycle is shorter than 20 days, or longer than 40, it's a good idea to consult your doctor, midwife or gynaecologist.

Twice-monthly periods or spotting: what's the difference?

Unlike periodic flow spotting is a very specific type of bleeding, based on low-intensity bleeding that can last for several days or even months. Spotting occurs outside the menstrual period, but should not be confused with menstruation.

Other types of non-periodic bleeding can also occur during the cycle. These may include :

  • the presence of a polyp
  • irritation of the cervix
  • unsuitable contraception
  • or even an ovulatory problem

If you have any doubts about your bleeding, and if this happens repeatedly, consult your gynecologist. Your gynecologist is a specialist in the female reproductive system, and will be able to help and support you.

How do I manage several periods in a month?

When you find yourself having several periods in a month, or bleeding several times during your cycle, it can be complicated to manage this period calmly. Fortunately, there are some easy-to-follow tips to help you get through these periods.

Switch to menstrual panties

One of the easiest and most life-changing solutions when you don't know when your period is coming is to wear menstrual panties. They're a much more eco-friendly means of sanitary protection than disposable ones. It's also a much healthier alternative: you can wear them every day (handy if you don't know when your period's coming!), with no feeling of wetness, discomfort or embarrassment!

Choosing hormonal contraception

If you have irregular or short cycles, before choosing a hormonal contraceptionyou can adopt the healthiest lifestyle possible. Stress, diet and sleep can all have an effect on our hormones and therefore on our cycle.

It is sometimes possible to find natural solutions to cycle disorders. Your gynaecological health professional can help, but you can also talk to a nutritionist, dietician or even a naturopath.

Depending on the reason for bleeding 2 times a month, the solution will vary. If it's a problem with the uterus, treatment may be the answer.

If no organic cause can be found, and we are naturally unable to regulate our cycles, then hormonal contraception may be proposed, or modified if you already have one.

Note that contraception does not solve the cause of short cycles, but it does solve the problem, in other words, it artificially regulates your cycles for the sake of comfort.

Talk to your caregiver to find the solution that best suits your situation and preferences.

FAQ about double periods in a month

Why do my periods recur twice in the same month?

For some women, bleeding often occurs twice in the same month. There are many reasons for this: short cycles, spotting, stress, unsuitable contraception...

Should I worry about having my period twice a month?

The menstrual cycle generally lasts 28 days. If your period comes several times a month, every 24 days, it simply means that your cycle is shorter than average! As a matter of principle, it's worth discussing this with your gynaecological health professional: your gynaecologist, midwife or GP.

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