I'm 19. Is it Normal to Still Have Irregular Periods?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.periods, missed periods, periods not regular, period doesn't come on time, period doesn't come regularly, period not regular, my period is irregular, don't get my period, menstruation, menstruating, bleeding, schedule, on my period, period problems, on the rag, aunt flo, stds, pelvic exams, gynecologist10/22/200810/22/201810/22/2018Amy W. Anzilotti, MD10/15/20188c69afc8-b268-467b-b5f2-f1ace0f099b2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/still-irregular.html/<p><em>I'm 19 years old and my period has been irregular since I first got it 5 years ago. Is this normal?<br /> </em>– <em>Clare*</em></p> <p>It is normal to have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/irregular-periods.html/">irregular periods</a> for the first few years of menstruating — and sometimes even longer. But the only way to know if everything's OK is to visit your doctor or nurse practitioner .&nbsp;The length of a menstrual cycle can vary from girl to girl, but on average they're usually between 21 and 35 days.</p> <p>A number of things can cause irregular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/menstruation.html/">periods</a>: A girl may have something going on with her hormones . <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/triad.html/">Excessive exercise</a>, not eating enough calories, or being underweight or overweight can also affect a girl's cycle. So can&nbsp;medicines or drugs (like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/steroids.html/">steroids</a>).</p> <p>Because you've had irregular periods for more than 3 years, see your doctor or nurse practitioner to find out what's causing them. He or she may be able to prescribe medicines to help correct a medical problem. Or, if things like exercise or eating habits are behind your irregular periods, your doctor may give you ideas for some changes.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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