Why did I get my period twice in one month? Here's what the experts want you to know

It could be completely normal, or your body's way of telling you that something is off

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Aunt Flo can be unpredictable. For those who've asked, "Why did I get my period twice in one month?" rest assured you're not alone. Double the monthly visit is not always a cause for concern, but it could possibly indicate an underlying medical issue. 

Even if you believe your symptoms are trivial, it's always important to prioritize your gynecological health. If your calendar is filling up with multiple cycles but your tampon stash is running low, see what the health experts have to say. 

Why did I get my period twice in one month?

Before going into panic mode, do note that this occurrence is not entirely out of the ordinary, especially if you experience short periods. Adult cycles typically range from 24 to 38 days, according to Healthline, but every situation is unique. 

"If you have two cycles in one month, it is possible for that to be completely normal," says Kirsten Karchmer, founder of menstrual wellness company Brazen

However, you'll want to take note of any adjustments to your routine that could have contributed to the increased frequency.  

"If it’s something that’s never happened before, it’s likely due to some stressor or change," Karchmer continues. "That could be a dietary change, a change in stress or a COVID vaccination, gaining weight, losing weight or changing your exercise. Read that as a signal as 'my body is really speaking to me.'"

Given that we're living in a difficult environment and have a global pandemic weighing on our "normal" lifestyle, Karchmer believes it's necessary to find a meaningful stress management strategy. Not only will this enable you to handle external factors more effectively, but it'll make that time(s) of the month more manageable. 

(Psst: the best meditation apps and self-care day ideas are great places to start.)

If stressors like weight fluctuation or dietary changes are not at play, health-related reasons could be the culprit. Per Flo and Healthline, conditions that might cause shorter cycles but more frequent bleeding include but are not limited to:

  • Cysts
  • Lack of ovulation 
  • Cervical or endometrial polyps
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • STIs 
  • Cervical complications 
  • Miscarriages 

According to Flo, conditions that result in vaginal bleeding—such as perimenopause, uterine fibroids or thyroid issues—are the main causes for multiple periods in one month. Each factor results in different symptoms: frequent urination, lower back pain and painful intercourse for uterine fibroids; constipation, pale skin and fatigue for thyroid issues. 

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When to get a professional opinion

"If you’re having short cycles for more than two or three cycles, it will never hurt to bring it up to your OBGYN," Karchmer says. 

Kate Smith—education manager of Hey Girls, a community interest company aiming to end period poverty in the UK—always recommends seeking answers from the pros. 

"[Bleeding twice per month] could be as normal as an infection but could also be the early signs of endometriosis, fibroids or something worse," Smith says. "If in doubt, seek medical advice from your doctor for reassurance.” 

A medical expert will need to determine the reason for your increased periods before providing a solution. This means that it's always important to reach out to the pros whenever you have concerns; your period is not only an indication of your fertility but also your overall health and wellbeing and should not be ignored.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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