11 Everyday Things That Can Mess With Your Period

Originally Published on April 15, 2020 Period | By Carina Wolff and JR Thorpe

If you’ve missed a period or you’ve found that it’s shorter or longer than normal, it’s easy to jump to conclusions. However, an abnormal period isn’t always a cause for alarm, as a number of everyday things can affect your menstrual cycle — even if it’s something you would least expect. Some people may be more sensitive to change than others, but that doesn’t automatically mean you have some scary disease or are going to have a baby. Sometimes it’s something much more mundane.

Menstruating people experience between 11 and 13 menstrual cycles per year, averaging a 28-day cycle, but each person is different. Our environment, the things we ingest, and even travel can alter our cycles. Although an irregular period can sometimes signify something bigger such as pregnancy, menopause, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, these aren’t always the case.

Every situation is different, but if you’re feeling some differences in your monthly visitor, consider these 11 everyday things that can change your menstrual cycle before you start to freak out.

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