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.
About the menstrual cycle
Learn all about the menstrual cycle, what happens during a cycle, how long a menstrual cycle usually is and when you should seek help.
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.
If period pain is so bad that it interferes with your daily living, or 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.
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, as well as ways to help get your periods regular if you need to.
Some women have breast pain during their menstrual cycle. Learn here about when breast pain usually happens and what you can do to try to ease breast pain.
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, and their causes and treatments.
Sex & relationships
Here you will find information on sex during your period, and the importance of safe sex and contraception.
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.