Wondering when your next period is due? Figuring out your period can seem like a mystery – especially when you’re waiting for it to come. But it doesn’t need to be this way!
It’s actually super easy to figure out when your period is due, when you know how! Knowing when you’ll have your period can be super helpful. So, here’s how.
Calculating your menstrual cycle
The typical menstrual cycle is 28 days. This means that you’ll get your period just about every 28 days. In reality, that 28 number actually varies from girl to girl, woman to woman. A normal cycle can be anywhere between 21 and 35 days..
The good news – is that, after a year or so, your menstrual cycle tends to be fairly regular. So once you know how many days are in your average cycle, it’s fairly easy to calculate when your next period will come.
To calculate this, here’s what to do:
And how do I know when my next period is due?
- Count the days in between your last few periods. Be sure to mark the days in your calendar so that you remember which day your period started each month. If you want, you can just use a star or a big letter ‘P’ if you don’t want other people knowing when you get your period.
- Start counting on the first day of your period and stop counting on the day before your next period. This is the number of days in one menstrual cycle.
- Do this for a few cycles.
- Add up the total number of days you’ve counted and then divide them by the number of cycles. That will give you the average number of days in your menstrual cycle.
Now you can figure out when your next period is due. Starting on the first day of your last period, count out the number of days in your average cycle that you calculated. That’s the projected start date of your next period. Is there a way to do this without all the maths?
Wish there were a way of figuring out when your next period is without all the counting and maths? You can try our easy-to-use period calculator! Also, there are a bunch of period calendar apps, like Flo, that will do this for you. All you have to do is mark down when your period started and ended each month, and the app does the rest.Why should I care when my next period will be?
Knowing when your period is due can help you better understand your changing emotions in the run up to your period. The hormonal changes that happen just before your period starts, can leave you feeling super emotional or lacking energy. But don’t panic. It’s not really you. It’s just that your period is around the corner.
Knowing when your period is due can also help you know when to stock up on period supplies, like ALWAYS Ultra pads or chocolate ice cream. You might also want to start wearing an ALWAYS Dailies panty liner in the run up to your period so you don’t get caught off guard when it arrives.