Why don’t I have normal periods like my friends? My periods are not on a regular schedule/cycle. What could that mean?

Periods are often irregular during the first couple of years of menstruation. That’s because your body is still working towards finding a hormonal balance that will lead to a regular cycle. And remember that everyone’s cycle is different. What’s “normal” for you may not be “normal” for your friend.

At the same time, there are some common causes for irregular periods, like emotional stress, illness, excessive weight loss or weight gain, eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia, increased or excessive exercise, certain types of birth control and hormonal changes.Oh, and let’s not forget about pregnancy and breast-feeding.

If you feel you need to better understand why your cycle is irregular, talk to your doctor.