This site was inundated, not surprisingly, with questions about periods. A lot of you asked, ‘well, when is it normal to start periods?’ It’s normal to start your periods any time between the age of eight and sixteen, and the average age is twelve.
Lots of you wondered about blood loss during periods—what’s normal? The average blood loss is between five and twelve teaspoons full. So it may seem like a lot, but it actually isn’t.
A lot of you seemed to be concerned about what you can and cannot do when you’re having a period. Can you go swimming, can you have sex? It’s absolutely fine to have sex when you’re having a period, there is no medical reason why you can’t. As regards swimming, in fact a lot of doctors recommend swimming as a way to alleviate period pain, so it’s totally okay to swim when you’re having a period.
Lots of you have questions about what can you do when you’re having a painful period? Very simply, you can go to the pharmacy and buy drugs like paracetamol or ibuprofen over the counter, which work very very well. If you’re having really problem periods, your GP may prescribe a contraceptive pill or other medication that would help the blood loss and the pain.
Doctor Responses: Periods
Doctor Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about periods such as: When do girls get their periods? How much blood is lost during a period? Can you have sex while on your period?
With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre
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