Why Does My Period Change Every Month? Here Are Some Causes

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Don't panic!

Why Isn't My Period the Same Every Month?

No two women are the same, and this definitely applies to your period.

Periods aren't the same every month and there's nothing to worry about, most of the time. A typical menstruation cycle is every 28 days and can last between four to eight days.

There are several reasons why periods vary between months and majority of the time these temporary irregularities go away.

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The Most Common Reasons Why Your Period Changes

Things that can change your period every month are lack of sleep, eating habits, and smoking. Regular menstrual cycle variations usually don't last long and can affect one to two cycles of your period. Other common reasons why your periods may be change every month are

• Weight gain or loss

• Increased exercise  

• Stress    

• Breastfeeding  

These are very common regular variations that happen during a woman's cycle.

Medical Conditions That Could Be Affecting Your Period

There are times when women experience heavier periods. This is because you did not ovulate during a cycle, causing for a heavier period.

Light or missed periods are other irregular variations that may occur.

"This happens to all of us occasionally and occurs more often in the teen years," according to Our Bodies Selves, but a cause for concern is when you are constantly dealing with heavier periods—this may be a more serious condition.

Women who suffer from PCOS or endometriosis may suffer from irregular and very painful periods. If left untreated, these problems could affect your over all health and even fertility. 

It's common for women to experience irregular variations but "cycles that consistently fall outside of the 'normal' ranges are a reason to check-in with a healthcare provider."

Know Your Body

It's really important to know your cycle, so you can easily identify which kind of variations you may be dealing with.

By tracking your cycle, you can know the days you're ovulating, when your period is coming and help you avoid any unplanned pregnancies. Apps can be a handy tool to stay on top of your menstruation cycle and make it easier to see any irregularities.

Some period apps like Clue or Eve tracker let you log your flow, any pain during ovulation or menstruation, and mood changes.