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What Does It Mean When Your Period Is Early?

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Iris Phillips Profile
Iris Phillips answered
What does it mean if your period is early?

Firstly, having an early period does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. There are plenty of reasons for why this may be occurring.

If you are on birth control pills, these tend to result in early periods or bleeding outside your regular times.

You could also be bleeding early due to:

  • Stress.
  • Exercise.
  • Dieting.
  • Sleep.
The approximate menstrual cycle is 28 days, though a change or irregularity can be triggered by altered hormone levels. Periods are considered to be irregular if they occur more frequently than 21 days, and can normally occur any time between 24 and 35 days. The menstrual cycle usually becomes more regular after puberty and lasts, on average, for five days.

The name given to the imbalance of hormones that causes irregular or early periods is ‘anovulation’. This term refers to the imbalance of hormones from the hypothalamus, ovaries and pituitary gland. Symptoms are missed periods, bleeding between periods, heavy periods, and periods that last longer than seven days.

The best thing to do, if you think you may have this condition, is to keep a record or calendar of the dates you bleed, for at least three months.

If your period occurs shortly after having sex, this again does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. Emergency birth control - such as the morning-after pill - can sometimes result in bleeding, and if it is just spotting, then this is not unusual, particularly after your first time. However, if you are experiencing pain when bleeding, you should get yourself checked out by a doctor.

Most people would assume that if you are having periods, then you are not pregnant - although some pregnancies can involve periods throughout, though this is very rare.

If you bleed often and irregularly, you should seek medical advice.
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Shujing answered
What does it mean when your period is early?

A variety of issues can cause a woman’s menstrual cycle to come early.

  • Stress is the primary culprit. Stress affects your entire body, including hormonal secretions of estrogen. It’s estrogen that “times” a woman’s cycle, so when the levels of that hormone vary too much, periods can come early or late.
  • Caffeine can be another factor. If you’ve recently begun drinking coffee, or caffeinated tea or soda, and now your periods are coming earlier, stop the caffeine!
  • Changing birth control pills or methods is another fairly common reason. Everyone’s body reacts differently to drugs, so the switch to a new medication can often be accompanied by changes in your cycle. And remember that antibiotics often interfere with or completely block the effects of a birth control medication, so talking to your doctor is essential.
  • Your weight can interfere with the normal timing of periods, as well. Being very underweight or obese causes hormonal changes, and these can trigger early or later periods, or even skipping periods.
  • A condition called hypopitutitarism can cause the pituitary gland to slow. It may not produce enough of a particular hormone, or it may produce none at all. The pituitary gland produces six “major” hormones, and many other lesser-known hormones, so an imbalance here can have noticeable effects.
It’s important to talk openly and honestly with your health-care provider as soon as possible about early periods, so you can resolve any issues together. Most reasons for early periods can be resolved easily, and talking with your doctor can give you the answers you need.
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Shalin Choksi answered
Periods tend to arrive a little early or late. You can never expect it to come on the exact day. Even if it does come, it might be a coincidence. The period cycle is quite complicated and does change with age.

Changes in the body may also cause the periods to arrive early or late. There is no need to worry about it.

Stress is also one reason for your periods to arrive early. Weight gain or loss and massive exercise of the body may also cause periods to come early or late.

The period cycle often changes its cycle when you are about to get pregnant or have already delivered a baby.
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Ellie Hoe answered
What do you mean by early periods? You have to mention a number of days early to give clear information. Normal cycle length can be of 26-32 days.

If your periods are before 21 days, then it is not normal. This condition should be investigated by your family doctor or gynecologist.

Following are some common causes of getting periods within less than a 21-day gap:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Frequent ovulation
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Other psychological problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Malnutrition
So, if your cycle length is less than 21 days, then visit a doctor. Otherwise, no need to worry.
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Anonymous answered
I have the same problem, and apparently irregular periods are a sign that something is "out of whack" with your hormones. Whether they came early or late, you shouldn't ignore irregular periods - as their can be an underlying cause.

This can affect family life, health, stress levels... all sorts of things! 
This Dr. Laura video helped me work out what my periods were trying to tell me - you should have a look and see if it applies to you too!

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Anonymous answered
First of all, you need to understand the working of your periods. According to doctors, the normal period cycle can range from 21 days to 52 days. Your periods are normal if they are in between this time period. Thus, a period starting around the 21st day or the 52nd day cannot be considered as abnormal.

So if your normal period cycle was 30 days and this time you had them a week before, it is perfectly all right and acceptable.

Secondly, there are a number of factors involved in this mechanism. Your length of period cycle is affected by many factors. These factors include diet, exercise, stress, trauma etc.

So, you can have a late period, if you are too stressed-out. Or you can have early periods if you were very careless with your diet. So there can be a number of factors that have caused your periods to come early. This is nothing to worry about.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
It can be stress-related. If you are under new stress, then I would suggest you get a check-up, and see if there isn't anything that they can do to help you regulate your cycle.

Hope this helps - good luck to you.
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Roger Macario answered

There are several causes of an early period. It could be stress, changes in your lifestyles, or a hormonal imbalance  with irregular cycles. Although the average cycle is 28 days, it is perfectly normal to have a cycle that is as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. On the other hand, an early period could be a sign of early pregnancy  or a miscarriage

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Elsa Mosciski answered

A "normal" cycle is a 28 day cycle that includes your period. So you start every 22 to 23 days. If you are a teenager then your period probably hasn't regulated itself yet and eventually it will get closer to 23 days.
My period has came earlier than usual before, it didn't mean anything. But the whole vomiting and diarrhoea and feeling dizzy is a real problem. Go check it from Ovulation Calculator I gain instant result . You could also mention about your period coming early but you shouldn't worry too much about that.

Karen Bridges Profile
Karen Bridges , Not as bad as late period!, answered

Unluckily, with the modern urban ecology, more often than not it's impossible to predict period down to a day, let alone an hour (which is how they used to fake virginity back in the past).

Earlier isn't half as bad as later.

Alisha Leska Profile
Alisha Leska answered
Stress can also make your period come early or late. If your period continues to be irregular, consider using birth control to regulate it. Hope this helps.
Lisa Marie Halsey Muniz Profile
Because you have an irregular cycle this month, I would wait again to see what happens next month, and see if it fixes itself.

If not, you may need to go see the doctor and take some thing to regulate your cycles for a while.

It could be caused by many things, such as exercise, diet and stress.
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Anonymous answered
Most girls tend to have irregular periods. It is totally normal - don't worry! Some girls have them early, some late, some twice a month for their bodies to get used to everything. But if this happens really early, you might want to consider a doctor.

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