Ah, that time of the month—our period.
Those few days might be mildly irritating or a downright painful experience.
But what about those times when you get another bleed during the same month?
Can you really have two periods in one month?
And what does it mean when you do?
Yep, it’s not ideal, but it can happen.
Let’s dive into it.
In this article: 📝
- Is it OK if you have your period twice a month?
- What does it mean to have two periods in one month?
- Why am I bleeding 2 weeks after my last period?
- Should I be worried about having two periods in one month?
Is it OK if you have your period twice a month?
For the most part, depending on your cycle, it may be the case that nothing is going on.
A “normal” menstrual cycle can be anywhere between 24 and 38 days, so it’s totally possible that if you have a shorter cycle and you have a period at the start of the month that you could have a second period in that same calendar month.
It could just be down to a matter of timing.
But of course, women’s bodies are ever complicated!
Let’s look at the bigger picture below.
What does it mean to have two periods in one month?
There are several things that can potentially influence your cycle and make it a bit uneven, meaning you get an unexpected early period.
- Your age: Remember back when you started your periods? They could be unpredictable and all over the place, sometimes meaning you got a period every two weeks or every eight weeks.
- Perimenopause: A similar thing happens when you’re older and approaching perimenopause. Perimenopause is the name for a period of time before you reach menopause (where you are period free for a year), and can be a potential cause for two periods in one month.
- PCOS: PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) does cause irregular bleeding. It’s a hormonal imbalance, which means that you’re ovulating irregularly.
- Thyroid disorder: Your thyroid is related to your metabolism, so your menstrual cycle might be impacted if it’s overactive (called hyperthyroidism) or underactive (called hypothyroidism).
- Fibroids: Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that develop in or on the uterus. They can cause heavy and/or irregular bleeding, but many women have them without experiencing any symptoms at all.
- Cysts: Cysts or “polyps” are fluid-filled sacs which can develop on your ovaries. Many women can develop at least one cyst during their lifetime, but often they’re painless and cause no significant symptoms. Sometimes they’ll affect the menstrual cycle.
- Birth control: An IUD or hormonal birth control pills introduce hormones into your body, and this can change your cycle.
- Stress: Stress can mean that you either miss a period or have an extra bleed, depending on how your body reacts.
- Weight gain or loss: Similarly, sudden weight changes can affect your menstrual cycle, as well as changes in travel or exercise routines.
Why am I bleeding 2 weeks after my last period?
There are lots of reasons why you might experience bleeding and/or spotting between periods.
Birth control pills (especially in the first 6 months of taking them), the morning-after pill, or IUDs can each play a role.
As can some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
It might even be ovulation bleeding.
If you’re on the TTC journey, try tracking your cycle on an app or in your diary to see whether the dates work out.
Of course, it could also be caused by implantation.
Should I be worried about having two periods in one month?
It all depends on frequency.
One of the negative side effects of bleeding more (or more regularly) is the higher risk of anemia, which is where you lack enough iron in your blood.
Speak to your healthcare provider if you’re concerned about this and want to learn more.
Remember, you know your body better than anyone else so don’t be afraid to get help if you’re ever concerned.
And if you need a place to connect, vent, or relate, you can always tap into the Peanut community—we’d love to see you. ❤️