Contrary to what you may be inclined to believe by the period-shaming media, your monthly flow is not embarrassing, not blue, not consistant, and often, not monthly at all. In fact, for most women, at some point in their lives, unusual menstruation is the norm–and that perfect, 28-day cycle is an illusive creature, like a hormonal unicorn leaping over rainbows of body-positive tampon ads off on the horizon. But even with that knowledge, when your period does something unpredicted, it can still be worrisome.
I asked Heather Corinna, Founder and Executive Director of Scarleteen–one of the most comprehensive, educational, and positive sexual education sites on the internet–to explain a little about what the period is, and, more over, why it may pull a fast one and surprise you, month after month (or, you know, every other month).
These are some reasons why your period might acting strangely, but remember, Corinna says, your health care provider can give you a lot of extra information if you’re at all concerned. Even a quick call to your doctor or clinic can help clear up any confusion you may have, and many women’s health specialists are more than happy to sit down and chat about your period.
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