Have you ever gotten cramps during your period? Mood swings? Weight gain? Did you know that these aren’t just normal things that go along with your monthly period? And did you know that despite the recent new drug commercials, medication isn’t required to solve the problem?
About 100 years ago, the average woman got her first menstrual period at age 16. She would go on to have between 100-200 periods in her lifetime.
Today, the average “woman” gets her first period before age 12, and this average age is dropping; 9 years old is now quite common, and there are documented cases where girls as young as 3 are getting their first real menstrual period. The average woman today will have between 350-400 periods in her lifetime.
Women in North America also continue to menstruate for a full 10 years longer than the rest of the world! Believe it or not, ladies in our society used to menstruate only until they were about 45 or so before reaching menopause, and it still works this way for women everywhere but here. In our society, it is not uncommon to hear about a woman over age 55 (sometimes 58 or older) still stuck in perimenopause (the period of transition from monthly cycles to menopause), having a menstrual period.