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Understanding Irregular Periods

They’re rarely something to worry about 

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What are irregular periods?

If you’re a person who has a menstrual cycle, chances are you’ve heard the term ‘irregular period’. But what does this actually mean? To break it down for you, an irregular period cycle is when the time between each period changes. Many people worry endlessly about irregular periods and why they’re experiencing them. But the good news is that there’s no need.

There are several explanations for an irregular period cycle. If you’ve only just begun your period or are coming to the end of your menstrual cycle, you’re very likely to get irregular periods due to changing hormone levels. That said, we know an irregular period cycle is a worrying issue for women when it occurs, so what should you know about irregular periods to ease your concerns? Read on!

Understanding Irregular Periods

How do I know if I just have irregular periods or it's something more serious?

A regular menstrual cycle is between 21 and 34 days.  Your period could last between two to five days (but in reality, it could be up to 10).

If your menstrual cycle doesn’t fit into the pattern described above, then it would be categorized as irregular. Which isn’t a big deal at all, unless this is being caused by an underlying health issue. More specifically, irregular periods are categorized as the following:

  • Bleeding between periods or after having sex
  • A period that occurs less than nine times a year
  • A menstrual cycle that lasts less than 21 days

Your menstrual cycle can be disrupted by the following:

  • Changing your contraception
  • Severe dieting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome


Everyone is different when it comes to your menstrual cycle.

Everyone is different when it comes to your menstrual cycle. However, if you’re worried about irregular periods, visit a doctor to find out what’s causing them.

In the meantime, you can wear pantyliners for light protection. For more hygiene products, browse our ranges of sanitary pads and tampons, or read more advice on menstrual cycles.

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Frequently Asked Question: Periods

Yes you can. In rare instances, you can still get pregnant. You should also bear in mind that you can still catch a sexually transmitted disease when on your period

You might notice a slight odour when you're on your period. Tampons can help with this because they're worn inside your body. If you prefer to use pads, make sure to change them regularly if you notice a strong odour.

Some brands of contraceptive pills can reduce your flow or shorten the length of your period. Your doctor or nurse will discuss this with you during your consultation.

You’ve got a few options available. Lil-lets Super Plus tampons have the highest absorbency in our range and are great for heavy periods. If you prefer to use an applicator tampon, our super tampons are a really good choice for medium to heavy flow. If you use pads, we suggest using our Night Maxi Pad, which is the highest absorbency pad within our range

Although you may not feel like doing it at the time, stretching or gentle exercise will ease this discomfort. Healthy eating is also known to help relieve any period pain. Alternatively, treat yourself to a relaxing bath or cuddle up on the sofa with a hot water bottle. If none of these help, your local pharmacy can give you guidance on suitable pain relief.

This can vary from 2 to 5 days and could be up to 10.

Yes, it's important to keep yourself clean during your period and hot water can help soothe cramps too!

Menstrual cramps vary from menstruator to menstruator. For some, period cramps are little to no pain, whereas for others, it can be a truly excruciating experience. Thus dealing with period cramps can vary. We recommend exploring to opt for home treatments instead of relying heavily on over-the-counter medicine. These two options can assist with cramps:

• Getting regular exercise can help with blood flow and may reduce cramping.
• Put a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your belly, or taking a warm bath. The heat improves blood flow and may ease the pain.

However, if pain does persist, it is recommended to chat to your doctor or gynae

You totally can! We've often been fed a lot of misinformation. That's not the case - you can take care of yourself (including washing your hair, why not throw in a face mask?), exercise if you're up to it, be around your loved ones and work as normal. Besides the pain and discomfort which accompanies some people's periods, you can continue on as normal.

Swimming during your period isn't a problem. However, you will want to use a tampon when swimming so you don't bleed on your swimsuit. Pads won't work and will just fill with water. The tampon won't fall out if it is inserted correctly. Go and make a splash!

Got a question you’ve been too embarrassed to ask? Wondering if what you are experiencing every month is normal?

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