Info For Teens
Ask the Experts
My mom and I have been worried about my irregular periods. It has been 4years since the age of onset (I’m 16 at the moment). Therefore we were thinking about birth control pills. But we have no clue which brand or type to take. So, I was wondering if I can goto a planned parenthood center near where I live. What I have to do in order to get help there.
Your local Planned Parenthood can definitely help you find the right pill for you. Not only do birth control pills make your period regular, but they reduce menstrual cramps and often make periods lighter.
Keep in mind, irregular periods are very common, especially for teens. The menstrual cycle can be as short as 21 days or longer than 35. For most girls, it’s between 25 and 30 days long. Changes from month to month are also normal.
Your health can affect how often you get your period. Too much exercise or very strict dieting, for example, can use up all your body fat. You might not have periods if that happens. Stress can make a difference, too.
You may be interested to know that for several years before the pill was approved for birth control, thousands of girls used it for making their periods regular.