Starting to have periods is part of growing up for girls. Periods usually start to occur around the same time as other changes happen to the body, such as starting to develop breasts or to grow pubic hair. The average age to start periods is 13, but it is normal to start at any time between the ages of 11 and 15. A small number of girls may start before or after this. Periods continue until the menopause, which is usually around the age of 51 years.
Types of Period Problems
Period problems can be any one or a combination of the following
Heavy Period (Menorrhagia)
This is common. It is difficult to measure blood loss accurately. Periods are considered heavy if they cause such things as flooding, the need for double sanitary protection, soaking of bedclothes, passing clots, or if your normal lifestyle is restricted because of heavy bleeding. See your doctor if your periods change and become heavier than previously. There are various causes of heavy periods.