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Is it normal to have my period 13 days apart?

I am 15 years old and I've been getting my period since I was 11. I have always hated getting my period because 2-3 days before I start my period I start cramping so bad I don't go to school some days. I also have really heavy period and have to either wear super plus tampons or change my tampon every 2 hours or i'll leak. In December I started my period on the 1st of the month and it lasted until the 6th. Then I started again on the 24th of December and ended the 30th. i got my period 13 days after that on January 12th. Getting my period not many days apart isn't a normal thing for me. Is this normal to have periods this close together
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134578 tn?1614729226
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I don't think it's normal, but at 15 it might be, since your hormones are still just getting into gear. Did you keep any kind of chart when you were 11 (or 12 or 13 or 14) that clocks your menstrual months, so you could show a doctor that at a different age your cycles were longer? It almost sounds like you have a fibroid, but that would be unusual at age 15 too.

I would chart this all out on a calendar and go see the doctor. He or she should be able to do some hormone tests and an ultrasound, at the least, to see if any obvious answer pops up.

In the meantime, take iron (with vitamin C to help absorbtion and a fiber gummy to help the iron not constipate you) and also take Advil or Nuprin for the cramps. They are anti-prostaglandins and do really help.
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thank you so much for the help.  i have had an app that i've been using for a few years so i do have a chart of my periods.  I will definitely get in touch with my doctor to get it checked out and hopefully its normal, but thank you so much.
A doctor will find the information really useful. Print it out if possible before going to see him or her, so trends will be visible.
973741 tn?1342342773
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Hi.  Gosh this is a lot, sweetie.  It's really normal to be irregular during the teen years but that is 'too' close to have periods and your periods sound very heavy.  With that in mind, your best person to talk to is not us but your mom.  She is there to help you.  As a mom myself, I like to see teens connect with their parent as I view it as my job to help my kids and your mom will want to help you too.  She's really the only way to get genuine help. :>)  So, see if she can take you to the doctor to discuss this. And what is done very frequently for girls in your situation is to put them on the pill.  This regulates them. Little scary for a parent to have a child on the pill but in this case, it would even out your hormones. They'll likely skip tests and just suggest that and that would be a viable option for you in my opinion. But that is between you, your doctor and your mom. Good luck!
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i have talked to my mom about it and she told me that shes not really comfortable with getting me on the pill yet but if it keeps happening she will look into it. she told me to just tell her about anything unusual that happens and ill be getting in contact with my doctor soon. thank you so much for your help.
Well, it would be great to have a doctor to explain it to her if the doctor feels it is best.  It's just the usual thing they will suggest in a situation like yours.  And it doesn't have to be forever but sure would alleviate a lot of your issues. A doctor is good at explaining such things to moms.  But I'm thrilled you are talking to your mom. That line of communication is so very important.
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