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A 33-year-old member asked:

how do you know when you are going to get your period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Your 1st period: Menarche usually occurs between ages 11 & 13 in the us. However for some their period could start as early as age 9 & for others not until 16. Before you have a period, you will have noticed breast development, pubic hair & white to yellowish vaginal discharge. Before the first period a girl may feel bloated, develop cramps in legs or abdomen & feel moody (depressed or anxious).

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I am wondering what helps with bloating due to your period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bloating: Bloating prior to or during your period is due to fluid retention & slower digestion (constipation). To decrease bloating avoid salt intake (including prepackaged foods), increase water intake (to flush the body & reduce constipation), consider magnesium or calcium supplements (with your dr’s approval) or otc meds that include a diuretic such as midol. Exercise and birth control pills may help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you stop bloating while on period?

3 doctor answers1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bloating: Bloating prior to or during your period is due to fluid retention & slower digestion (constipation). To decrease bloating avoid salt intake (including prepackaged foods), increase water intake (to flush the body & reduce constipation), consider magnesium or calcium supplements (with your dr’s approval) or otc meds that include a diuretic such as midol. Exercise and birth control pills may help.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are reliable indicators of getting your period?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Menarche: Menarche usually occurs between ages 11 & 13 in the us. Before the first period a girl may feel bloated, develop cramps in legs or abdomen & feel moody.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Would it be unusual or concerning for my girlfriend to be very tired during her period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Fatigue is not uncommon during one's period.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What does it mean if your period isnt constant and is late by months but you havent slept with anyone?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Common complaint: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.

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