Here again so soon? Early periods can sometimes take you by surprise but the causes can often be managed with simple changes. We’ll have a look at what can cause an early period and share some tips on how to get a regular menstrual cycle.
Why is my period early?
An early period can be bleeding again just days after your last period or for example two weeks before you expect the next one to arrive.It can be caused by hormonal and lifestyle changes that disrupt the balance of your body.
Unbalanced hormones are the main cause for an early period. They can become unbalanced by:
- Taking (or forgetting to take) contraceptive pills, or emergency contraception
- Stress or anxiety can release stress hormones that can alter your flow or cycle.
- Abrupt weight loss or weight gain
- Not getting enough sleep can leave you lacking energy and your period may become irregular.
- Puberty or menopause. When your body goes through changes, hormones fluctuate.
3 easy steps to better manage an early period
Since early periods are commonly caused by unbalanced hormones, consider some lifestyle changes that can help to re-balance your cycle.
1) Start tracking your period
A good trick to get to know your flow and cycle is to start tracking it. Keeping track will help you understand the rhythm of your menstrual cycle and easily detect irregularities. Also be sure to keep track of the days of your ovulatory phase, so you can easily conclude if it’s just regular spotting caused by ovulation.
2) Take care of yourself – physically and emotionally
If you’re not getting enough sleep, feeling extremely stressed about something and are not permitting yourself a healthy diet, your body will react accordingly by either causing an early period or skipping a period.
Also, keep in mind that too much sugar and fat can increase your period flow, but lack of sufficient calories signals your body to skip ovulation, hence your period.
Your menstruation is like a health report card, so if you normally have a regular menstrual cycle that suddenly goes whack, it could be a sign that you need to slow down and take better care of yourself:
- Eat healthily and maintain a balanced diet throughout the month. Avoid rapid weight gain or loss, as this can change your hormone levels and make your period early, or delayed.
- Sleep well, and make time every day for relaxing. Your body needs extra energy during menstruation to keep your cycle regular.
- Relax. If you have a busy lifestyle, or stressful job, try to make sure you de-stress at the end of each day. Anxiety and emotions can put extra stress on your body, which will affect your hormonal balance. Put your feet up, it’s good for you!
4) Use a product that works for you
Using the right menstrual product can make early periods easy to manage. Menstrual cups are healthy and non-absorbent and can even be worn when you have a very light flow, or in the days before your period arrives – meaning you can be ready for anything! Check our page Get Started with a Menstrual Cup to find out more. It’s also proved to be practical when you’re about to enter the ovulatory phase and don’t want to stain your underwear with spotting, just pop in your menstrual cup. The medical grade silicone does not dry you out and you can wear it for up to 12 hours without any worries.