Most girls get their period from as early as the age of 8, with the latest age to get it generally being around 15. This is a normal part of puberty and a period is something that a woman will get every month until she reaches menopause in her 40s or 50s. Throughout this time, a women’s period cycle can often change in regularity and length due to several factors, one of these being the age of the woman. Women in their 20s are likely to have a different normal period cycle than women in their 30s, and it is also likely to change again between their 30s and 40s.
Women in their 20s
A normal period cycle for women in their 20s is generally a regular and predictable cycle, without a lot of change from month to month. A normal cycle within this age range will usually last between two to seven days with an average of 21 days between each period, meaning that the entire menstrual cycle will last around 28 days. During this age, normal period cycles can mean having a heavy flow, as well as a few unpleasant side effects such as cramps and emotional changes, which can inhibit your day to day lifestyle and work. Fortunately, when this happens there are a lot of helpful tips out there on how to stop your period once it starts so that it doesn’t have a chance to become bad enough to affect a woman’s daily life.
Women in their 30s
For many women in their 30s on their periods, they will find that their normal period cycle will not change from what it was like in their 20s. This meaning that they have a regular period between the 21 to 45-day mark that will last on average between two to seven days. Again, this is likely to be accompanied by negative side effects like cramping, back pain, and emotional related issues. Women in their mid to late 30s may find that it is around this time that they get perimenopause, the stage before menopause that can cause changes to their normal period cycle. These changes include irregular bleeding patterns plus some may experience the changes expected by women going through menopause itself, such as hot flashes, mood changes, and sleeping issues.
Women in their 40s
Similarly to women in their 30s, women in their 40s can expect their normal period cycle to change quite significantly as they are also likely to be experiencing perimenopause and eventually menopause itself. Perimenopause can throw off a normal cycle completely and can cause random and unpredictable bleeding. Alongside this, it can even cause some women to skip periods completely. This is a time when women can normally expect to deal with other issues that they did not previously face with their normal cycle in younger years such as chills and night sweats, weight gain, thinning hair, and dry skin. These are all completely normal symptoms in the transition through this stage of their period cycle.