Understanding Your Body:

"Not-So-Fun" Facts to Know and Tell

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  • Period pain is very common: about 3 out of 4 girls and women have pain of varying intensity at some point during their period. In 1 out of 10 women, the pain is so bad that they are unable to carry out their usual daily activities on 1 to 3 days every month.
  • About 15 out of 20 girls and women who menstruate have PMS symptoms to some extent every now and again. About 1 out of 20 women regularly have severe symptoms that strongly affect their everyday lives.
  • Many women have painful periods. Sometimes, the pain makes it difficult to perform normal household, job, or school-related activities for a few days during each menstrual cycle. Painful menstruation is the leading cause of lost time from school and work among women in their teens and 20s.
  • After a teen has been menstruating for a few years, her menstrual cycle typically becomes more regular. For most women, a normal menstrual cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days. However, up to 14% of women have irregular menstrual cycles or excessively heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Many women in their reproductive years experience transient physical and emotional changes around the time of their period. In fact, at least 75% of women with regular menstrual cycles report unpleasant physical or psychological symptoms pre-menstrually.