How long does 1st period last?
Ah, the dreaded first period. The one that marks the beginning of your monthly love/hate relationship with your uterus. But how long does it last? Is there a set time frame or is it all up to chance like a game of Russian roulette?
So, What Is First Period(Called Menarche)?
Before we dive into the duration of this crimson tide that flows from our lady parts every month, let’s quickly recap what exactly happens during menarche (also known as “first period”).
During puberty girls develop and produce estrogen which helps nurture and mature the reproductive system. A girl’s ovaries will release an egg each month once she starts menstruating however if conception doesn’t happen then lining from her uterus breaks down causing menstrual bleeding.
This process can be accompanied by a range of symptoms including PMS -premenstrual syndrome-, tender breasts, bloating, mood swings, cravings for strange-foods like pickleswith ice-cream or chocolate on toast; fatigue.
So buckle up because we are about to navigate through some choppy waters!
How Long Can You Expect Your Very First Period To Last?
Your first ever cycle may take up more than usual time typically ranging in adults from anything between two days to five days normally average being three days (+/- one day). This might vary depending on other factors such as stress level – exams coming -, age and sex life –yes at times intercourse could change things-. Which causes physical strain that interfere with DNA-induced transcription sometimes resulting blockage in fallopian tubes. Multiple researches suggest increased pain and irregularity faced due to various situation incurred during adolescence (Source: too many sad teenagers).
If you’ve been lucky enough to inherit incredible genes or have always dreamt you were Ariel surfacing from under-the-sea then congrats!! However for most of us mortals, our experience might range from uncomfortable to borderline miserable. The variation in time duration can make that First period a tad overwhelming.
But, Wait! How Long Can It Last Normally?
In general, the first period lasts for around 2-7 days however if it ever exceeds more than usual durations or triggers heavy bleeding you should check with your doctor for any underlying issue as multiple researches suggest polyp and interfering cell-growths are becoming significantly frequent (Source: nih.gov)
As we grow older these hormonal fluctuations tend to lessen resulting in regularized menstrual cycle. Hence a recent journal published by Central European Observatory on Menstruation(CENTROMEN) confirmed limited variations across geographies globally when same-aged individuals were being compared and hence there is no concrete answer just averages(sampling errors).
While navigating through the waters of menstruation may at times feel like being caught in-a-storm-on-the-high-seas knowing some basic knowledge would increase our resilience against its wind.One thing’s for sure during this journey; laughter isn’t necessarily the best medicine but understanding it through humor aids!