Periods


Periods occur on average every 26-29 days, but they can be as often as three weeks apart or as far as eight weeks apart...

Is your period regular?

Periods occur on average every 26-29 days, but they can be as often as three weeks apart or as far as eight weeks apart... Find out more →

Around two thirds of women experience some breast pain during their cycle which is usually normal...

Breast pain

Around two thirds of women experience some breast pain during their cycle which is usually normal... Find out more →

In the days leading up to a period (menstruation) up to 30% of women experience emotional and physical symptoms, often called PMS...

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

In the days leading up to a period (menstruation) up to 30% of women experience emotional and physical symptoms, often called PMS... Find out more →

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Our new period resources have arrived!

The menstrual cycle is controlled by female hormones that generally cause a regular bleed, often called a 'period'. In these pages you will learn all about the menstrual cycle, periods, heavy bleeding, regular and irregular bleeding, period pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast pain and sex when you have your period.  There is also information on what causes changes to your menstrual cycle and period and what treatments are available if you need help with your period. 

This video animation covers the changes that come with puberty and gives girls and women of all ages and cultures educational insight into why the period occurs and what they can expect when it does.

About the menstrual cycle

Learn all about the menstrual cycle, what happens, how long a menstrual cycle usually is and when you should seek help.

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Heavy bleeding

Heavy bleeding can disrupt your daily life and can be quite distressing. What causes it, how heavy bleeding is diagnosed and what treatments are available are all discussed.

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Period pain

If period pain is so bad that it interferes with your daily living, stops you from going to school or work please see your doctor to discuss it. Period pain, what causes period pain, what is 'normal' and some possible ways to get relief from period pain are discussed.

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Is your period regular?

How long your period lasts and how heavy it is varies for each woman. Here you can find information on irregular and absent periods along with ways to help get your periods regular if you need to.

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Breast pain

Some women have breast pain during their menstrual cycle. Learn here about when breast pain usually happens and what you can try to help with breast pain.

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the range of physical and emotional symptoms many women experience in the lead up to a period. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more serious form of PMS. Here you will find information on PMS, PMDD symptoms, causes and treatments.

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Sex & relationships

Here you will find information on sex during your period and the importance of safe sex and contraception.

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Healthy living

Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to manage your periods. Healthy eating and exercise can help with the physical and emotional symptoms that may come with PMS.

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