Period FAQs

Why is my period late?
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Pregnancy is one of the reasons but not the only one for why your period might be late. Stress may cause your menstrual cycle to become longer (or shorter). Being overweight can affect how often you have periods and even stop them. Sudden weight loss or doing too much exercise may cause your periods to stop.
What to do if my period is late?
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Check your diary on our website to see the estimation of your period date. If it has been a few days past this date then you may want to buy a pregnancy test from a supermarket or see your GP.
Can I still be pregnant if I have my period?
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No, because a period or menstruation is the result of no eggs being fertilised and thus the release of the uterus lining.
How do periods affect weight?
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Your weight may be affected by hormonal fluctuations, water retention, snacking, and not exercising because of period pains. You may gain around 1 to 2 kg which generally goes away within a few days.
Are period pains and period cramps normal?
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Yes, it is part of the menstrual cycle. It is usually felt in the tummy but may also be felt in the back or thighs.
Can periods make you tired?
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Yes, fatigue is one of the most common period symptoms.
Where does period blood come from?
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During the menstrual cycle, the mucous membrane, which lines the uterus, thickens to prepare for fertilisation. If fertilisation does not occur, this lining is released along with other materials from the vagina and cervix when you have your period.
Why is there period pain?
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The pain occurring during your period is because of the contractions of the uterus. When the uterus contracts, blood and oxygen flow to the womb is blocked, resulting in chemicals that trigger pain to be released.
Where are period cramps located?
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Period cramps are usually felt in the tummy but may also be felt in the back or thighs.
Are period pains a sign of labour?
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One of the first signs of labour for many women is a cramping feeling (like period pains). Furthermore, some women may experience contractions which feel like extreme period pains.
For more information regarding periods, check out the NHS website.