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2nd-Feb-2010 07:45 pm

Poll #1520509 Periods

Do you have your period right now?

No, but it's due anyday
Nope, just finished

You use...

something I am unaware of

On average, how many days does your period last?

Mean: 5.29 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.64

Do you cramp/PMS?

Yes to both.
No, neither one, really.
I experience cramps, but no noticeable PMS
I PMS, but I don't cramp

How old were you when you got your period?

I don't remember,
I haven't gotten mine yet
< 8

Do you have sex during your period?

Sure, why not?
Ew, no.

3rd-Feb-2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I got my period for the first time on my 13th birthday. I came downstairs and proudly announced to my mother, "Today, I am a woman!" Now, almost 39 years later I wish it would GO AWAY already!!
3rd-Feb-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
that's so cute :) I was mortified when I got my period and tried to hide it
3rd-Feb-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
mine has been getting shorter and shorter and my moodiness around that time of the month has been worse. my period used to be around 5-6 days, now it's 3-4. right now it's overdue. i'm pretty sure this is all due to stress.
3rd-Feb-2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Exactly same here.
3rd-Feb-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I got my period at 10 or 11 (I honestly forget by now), and then read a whole article telling me that my risk of obesity was going to go up because I had my period before 12.

Thanks, health professionals, you really made a tweenager feel great that day.
3rd-Feb-2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm about in the middle for the first one, so not just finished but it's not due back yet either. As for sex, no, but not because ew, just because I'm usually in too much discomfort to enjoy it. Although I've recently switched to cloth pads which have really helped with the irritation, so who knows?
3rd-Feb-2010 03:55 am (UTC)
I use a combo of tampons/cloth menstrual pads.
3rd-Feb-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm right smack in the middle of my cycle, so I couldn't answer the first question.

I prefer to call them unsanitary pads. I have not used them since my mid-teen years because they not only get blood all over my southern area, but I can't tell when I need to change without looking - I can tell with tampons.

On NuvaRing my periods start the Wednesday and last three days. They once started on the Thursday and once on the Tuesday. Off hormonal birth control my periods start every 28-30 days; the bulk lasts three days with an extra 2-3 days of brown patching on the undies. Yes, I am ever so thankful for my routine cycle.

When it comes to cramping, sometimes I'll get just mild discomfort, sometimes I'll get screaming into a pillow until I fall asleep from exhaustion. The most painful of the cramping is usually on the second day of my period. I always make sure to have plenty of painkillers and (if it's so bad I stay home form work) hard liquor nearby.

I got my first period the Saturday after T-Day when I was 14. I have no idea why I remember this.

I don't mind sex on my period but my SO prefers to not have blood all over his penis, so I hang out with the vibe those days.
3rd-Feb-2010 04:07 am (UTC)
i'm not sure if i get especially moody before/during my period or if i'm just always cranky and blame my period for the crankiness during that particular time.
4th-Feb-2010 04:03 am (UTC)
This, exactly.
3rd-Feb-2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I have to use both pads and tampons during the first two days, but that's what happens when you don't get your period for three years. Yay medication! :D
3rd-Feb-2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Make that 10+ for me. Usually 11-13 days long. I will have sex on my period during the light part if I feel like it.

3rd-Feb-2010 07:16 am (UTC)
I got mine one day before my 15th birthday, so while I technically was still 14 years old I put it under 15 to 16.
3rd-Feb-2010 08:42 am (UTC)
The lenght is the same but my PMS symptoms have changed so much since I've had children. I used to get really sore boobs and hardly ever cramped. Now I get bloated and crampy, but no sore boobs. I think it's coz all of those 'areas' got some good work outs while pregnant/in labour/breastfeeding.


3rd-Feb-2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Since I got my IUD in August I've only had one period, and it was very light. I LOVE IT. No complaints here.
3rd-Feb-2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
I only get cramps on the first day. They're pretty bad so now I just take aleve at the first sign of my period so that I avoid them. It works, thankfully. I don't get any PMS, to my knowledge, but I get increased pain in my bad knee for about a week before I get my period. It's a constant ache that sometimes keep me up at night so it's really frustrating.
4th-Feb-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I have an IUD, and it's basically made my periods nonexistent. Roughly once a month I have some very, VERY light spotting for a few days.

I have sex during my period (including before the IUD stopped them), because it lasts like 5 days and I don't want to go that long without sex. :D
4th-Feb-2010 04:07 am (UTC)
I didn't answer the last question because while I am all for sex during my period, my fiance finds it disgusting.
4th-Feb-2010 06:02 am (UTC)
I don't have my period now, but none of your answers fit my situation. I had a hysterectomy about 1 1/2 years ago.

I used to use pads and/or tampons.

I first got my period at age 11. (I'm 49 now.)
9th-Feb-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
How come there's not a "no" option for the first question? There are days in the average woman's life that are actually not right near having a period, you realize? And then there are a variety of reasons a woman may have no and/or less periods.

Edited at 2010-02-09 01:06 pm (UTC)
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