1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

Tissue, Blood, Cramps - What's a Normal Period for Teens?

By August 26, 2003

Follow me on:

PMS Premenstrual Syndrome Forums: I am 15 years old. I just moved in with my aunt and I am not comfortable with asking her questions. I've had my period since I was 13 and each time I had it- it was like tissue and blood. I got my period in the beginning of August. Now it's August 24 and I have it again--this is the first day. So far there is no tissue it's just blood. Is that normal? I have cramps like usual. Is this normal or am I just being paranoid? What do you think?
April 5, 2007 at 1:52 pm
(1) Alison says:

I am 13 and have had my peroid since I was 11. I always have tissue and blood. I’ve asked some other people about it and they said it was normal. So I don’t think you should be worried.

June 26, 2007 at 5:11 pm
(2) tommy says:

its normal

July 9, 2007 at 5:37 pm
(3) Owens MaMa says:

My period often comes at the end of each month so if its a week or so later it puts it in the beginning of the next month. and than its kind enough to come on time at the end of the month. so some times i end up with it twice a month. so for me i would say this is normal. and sometimes i will have tissue and sometimes i wont. my guess would be that because it was such a short time in between, there wasnt alot of linning built up.. for it to shed. however i am not a dr. and if you have a concern i would perhaps mention it to your aunt or a dr

February 6, 2008 at 6:03 pm
(4) ashley says:

i have had my period since i was 10 and i keep seeing tissue in my blood and it also feels weird when it comes out of your vagina so i think it is normal

March 5, 2008 at 6:21 am
(5) jessinda says:

I am 13 and had my period since 12. seeing blood and tissue seems normal to me..
i always have my period at the beggining of the month. So it is O.K. to see blood and tissue.

May 18, 2008 at 12:04 am
(6) Maddison says:

I’ve had 4 periods so far.
I started on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) of 2008… I started 14 days after I turned 14… (Weird) Anyway, My first period was like 24, or less, hours long. And it was just blood. And with each period more tissue has been showing up. But menstration is really just the lining of your uterus, which is set up for a baby, shedding blood and tissue. So yeah, it’s 100% normal. The heavier your period gets, the more tissue shows up. Check out http://www.beinggirl.com and set up an account (it’s free). It’s great! Lots of info on period, puberty, and life!

May 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm
(7) Amanda says:

I’m 19, and have had them since 12. Believe it or not, the “inregularity” could be because you’ve moved in with another woman. Often times, women’s cycles change with other women around. Not sure why, just know it happens. My mom and I started having syncronized periods within months of my first period, and when my niece moved in with us recently, hers changed to sync with ours as well. It may have something to do with estrogen in the air, who knows? lol But yeah, it’s totally normal. Especially when you’re young, the lining can sometimes be a little weak, but it doesn’t mean anything is wrong. :D If you still have concerns, you can always talk to your gynecologist. Hope this helped.

June 3, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(8) klaudia says:

um…im 15 and i havent had my period in a month. Ive never had sex and i get dizzy sometimes. im afraid to tell my mom about it cuz she’ll just assume that i had sex…

July 9, 2008 at 6:19 am
(9) rhiannon says:

im 19 and i have had irregular periods all my life (well since i started i was 13) but for the past 2 months i have bled constantly and it goes to like spotting stages and then like today its really heavy and then i can not have anything and then it comes on again the next day. im really worried and just wondered if anyone could make me feel a little better…. xx

July 12, 2008 at 7:35 am
(10) robyn says:

i started my periods when i was 11 and i used to have problems just like you, rhiannon. i once had a period for 26 days and i swear it was like a waterfall. i used to be on medication because i was so heavy.. cant remember what its called but then i was put on this medication called NORETHISTERONE for 3 weeks to stop my period (since it wasnt stopping) and since then i have never had such a long period again (which is a good thing. i swear it was exhausting!) i’m 15 now and i wont lie, i’m not totaly regular but i’m almost there. oh yeah, the whole tissue thing is normal, although not everyone leaks tissue :)

August 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm
(11) gabby says:

umm i got my period lately n im supposed to have itthe other day n it didnt come yet.this is a day later.
i didnt have sex either

September 17, 2008 at 9:26 pm
(12) Lauren says:

Hi! I don’t have my period yet and apparently I’m only supposed to get it when I turn 16 (that’s when my mom got it). However, yesterday I had some blood but today it was brown. is that supposed to be tissue coming out?? I’m really confused!

September 22, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(13) efe says:

hi i started my period at the age 11 i always have period pain and it hurts.sometime i have my periods twice in 1 month is dat normarl

September 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm
(14) annie says:

im 13teen have not gotten my perido and both my grand mother and mom had theres at 12 and 11. i have been feeling very….strang i say i dont know what to do all my friends have had it and i just think something is wrong

October 7, 2008 at 9:05 pm
(15) Veronika says:

i have the exact same problem…
well im 13 and i got it all in march and in early of august when i got it, and a week after it ended i got it again i went to the gynocologist anywyas i got a much worse problem and im scared, so now its october and i have had my period since the 2nd week of spetember and i still have it right now it’s been 22 days!!

November 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm
(16) jazminh says:

ive had the same problem.
im 13 and had my period since i was 11.
im on birthcontrol, ive had a baby before(misscarriage), and i have a son almost 1 so prety much ive experienced alot.
blood clots are normal. alot of girls have irregular periods. so ireally dont think you have to worry. but its good to get a check up and have a talk with your doctor :)

November 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm
(17) brooke says:

im 10 and think im starting ive had bad cramps and have bn crabby but i live with a house full of guys (dont live wit my mom) so i DONT want to start during class help!!!!!

December 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm
(18) kealee says:

I started period when I was 12 years but now I am 13 years, but I did not see tissue.

December 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm
(19) kasey says:

its true

January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am
(20) seija says:

a month a go i thought i got my period, but there was only a little tiny bit of blood i didnt really get cramp and after that day it never happend again. i talked with mt mom and she said that i did get my period but i dont think so…What do you think is that normal for a fist period?

February 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(21) kaylaa says:

qurl ive had mine since the 6th qrade and if yur lucky youll qet yurs for three days…

March 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(22) molly says:

ive had my period since i was 14. its been a year since i first got it and it has been pretty long the past few months. some last almost 2 weeks. it suddenly got really heavy and i need to change my pad like every hour. is that bad? what could this mean and what can i do?

April 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(23) Rhini says:

Hi, when do most ppl get a period, i mean how do u tell ur mum!!!

April 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(24) Rhini says:

Hi, when do most ppl get a period, i mean how do u tell ur mum!!!

April 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm
(25) divya says:

I got mine when i was 12
im 16 now
It was VERY irregular then , once i got it in 12 days ….. but i guess thats normal and ive noticed early periods dont hurt as much as late ones

right now i have mine – went to check on cramps boy i wish these go away soon

so yeah i have had them twice a month

and as funny as it is mine and my mom’s are in sync ….. she moved in with me last year ….. thats when mine changed

guess younger ppl have more flexible period times
but dont worry – its usually a surprise every month

April 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(26) sara says:

i am 16 i didnt have my p from 4 months is that normal

June 18, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(27) Samantha says:

I’m 13 and just got my period about 5 minutes ago. It was all brown and gross with some tissue. I think it’s normal. Is it supposed to feel all tingly when it comes out??

July 24, 2009 at 6:48 pm
(28) Kirsten says:

I’m 20 and i started my period when i was 17.. I know wierd.. I was worried at first but the doctor told me since i am so tiny it is normal. and then i told her that i saw tissue in my blood and she said that is also common and to not worry about it unless it gets really bad and doesnt stop. It is very normal to feel funny the first time you get your period because A.) your not used to it and B.) your body is changing. and the very first time it comes out brown.. =]

August 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm
(29) candy says:

i had mines twice a month is dat normal?

September 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(30) anon says:

Im 18 and I’ve had my period for nearly a month now, at first it was very light as if i was about to start, i went to the doctor and was told i could have hypomenorrhea. After a few days it started gettin heavier as if i was going to start and thought it was normal but now im getting a bit worried becuase i’ve had it for nearly a month, is it normal for something like this to happen?

October 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(31) Brianna says:

I just atarted having my period yesterday and I see clots whenever I clean my buttocks after urinating or defecating.What is my prblem?

October 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm
(32) Kayleenavy says:

Girls begin their period between the age of 10 – 19. It’s normal, if you first begin, to have a little spots come. Please always mention this to your mother, aunt, whoever is closest to you, female please, to let them be aware of it. This is a stage, or cycle, of your body maturing. It is most important that you always get your menstrual cycle once every 22-27 days. They can last between 3-7 days. There are light days and heavy days. It is normal if your period comes heavy to light, from light to heavy, or from light to heavy to light. It is abnormal if it is always heavy, last for more 8-10 days. It is normal if that persists once every month and it last the 8 days and heavy. But always ask a professional like a doctor, if it would comfort you, ask a female doctor or female nurse. Dont just ask people around, they might only mention and know only their own. I never get heavy, mine are always light, they last 7 days and 7 nights, and always start once at the last two weeks of each month. it’s normal for me that it continues like this, then it’s starts on a whole new week. My changes of my period is because of stress, not sleeping well, not enough excercise, not eating enough vitamins and minerals, lack of vegtables, or too much heavy work on my body. Notice what changes your period, is it stress? Lack of excercise? Too much cafeine? Am I not sleeping well enough? Talk to a doctor.

October 25, 2009 at 12:04 am
(33) kayleen says:

Sara: if your period hasn’t come in 4 months, have you had sex? Are you stress? Have you been sleeping? Exercising or eating? Speak with your doctor.

Samantha: its fine, its your first time. Also let your mother know and ask her any questions you have about periods. She is the best advisor about periods. also have your mom ask a doctor about first timers with period.

Candy: some is normal to most, some isnt. Ask your mom and relate to her, or speak to a doctor.

Anon: let your doctor be aware of that and listen to her/his advice.

Brianna, that is normal. Don’t mix, when in the restroom, between your urine and waste with your period. Swipe one way, and dab.


November 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm
(34) Rachel Smith says:

I am 11. I started my period last month. I just started 2 nights ago.I need to know how many days does it last?

January 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(35) Hannah says:

Rachel: I started my period last year when I was 14. The length of your period can vary depending on things like excersise, eating habits, stress, and sleep. A typical period lasts anywhere between 3-8 days. Since you are just started it willprobably be a shorter length of time.

January 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(36) Lucie cornfeild says:

I am 12 soon and i have been on my period for four months now.
Even though i expect it i still feel nervous and unsure when it happens.
Most of my friends have started there periods but they said there cramps are bareable. My pains are a lot more heavier and i find it hard to cope with. Is that normal ?

January 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(37) Danielle says:

I’ve been having my period for almost 3 years now. Everytime I have so much pain that I can’t even go to school. Over the counter pain killers don’t work and so far the prescription ones havn’t either. I have very heavy periods, LOTS of blood clots and tissues, and the pain can last up to 4 days. I went for an ultra sound and I’m waiting for results, but does anyone know whAT might be wrong?????

March 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(38) sky says:

I am 16 years old.my period always normal but this month i didnt period yet,Im curious about it because it almost 28 days.why im not period yet?

March 22, 2010 at 11:31 am
(39) Lisa says:

I just got my period at the beginning of last month and I havnt had it since. Is this normal?

April 1, 2010 at 2:43 am
(40) Rishika says:

i hav had periods since 10…very young..i know. now that i hav had it 4 more than 1 year i dont feel so uncomfortable. but still when i get my first periods i consult my mother. and more than 2 times i had periods 2wice in a month…now im 11!! gud luk 2 ol girl..<3 <3

April 1, 2010 at 11:44 am
(41) Christie says:

i’m sixteen, had my period since i was 12. i just started yesterday and all night last night i bled to badly that i had to wake up and change my tampon, change my sheets, and blood was everywhere. after i showered and everything i tried to go back to sleep but a half hour later i had to change my tampon again.. it was a super!
so now i am just wearing a pad.
is this bad of bleeding normal?

April 6, 2010 at 5:23 am
(42) cheris says:

i have my period at the age of 15.. i started worrying at the age of 13 bt now its ok my periods last for a week is it normal???

April 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(43) Bree says:

Yes that is normal. I’m 13 and i had my period snice I was 9. That was not good for me. I had really bad cramps. So yes that is normal.

May 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

im scared i am 10 and i have cramps and my pee is starting to get darker like orangeish and im scared 2 tell mi mom idk what 2 do can someone please help ?

May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(45) SO CONFUSED !!!!!!!!!!!1 says:

im 10 im confused i need help ive got orange pee and cramps can someone help me

May 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(46) amberosa criptonite1234567890 [seriously its my name - the numbers ask brendalivia dynomite from locust fork mississippi] says:

how do i start my period i really want is help !!!!!!!!!!!

May 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm
(47) Kat says:

I’m 16 n hav had my period since 14. It came late last month n was very very heavy. I recently was fooling around w/my bf, we ddnt have sex n he ddnt cum nor did he pop my cherry(I’m a virgin)All of his friends(he’s older then me) who are experienced say we’re ok but I just got my period n it’s rly light, am I still ok?! I’m rly worried plz help!

May 15, 2010 at 10:10 am
(48) Nix says:

Hey, I’m 14 and i’ve onli had my period once and it was really light. I haven’t had it in 4 months nd I don’t speak wif my ma. I’m worried, can someone help?

May 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(49) maddy says:

ive had my period since 6th grade and now im in 8th. Anyways is it normal for it 2 be like brownish and darkish red color. Cann you please help?????

June 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(50) Lauren says:

Orange or dark pee-not normal. See Doctor. Please. haah

i started my period when i was thirteen in January. it lasted for 11 days and it didnt come again until march. They said it wawsa normal and i didnt mind very much. I always wanted my period to start… but when it happened, i was at a friends house overnight.. but i caught it early. I hve never really liked pads cause you just sit in your blood. ewhh. Tampons are amazing.. yet dangerous. i havent hd any problams yet.

just saying.. but my period is due the 14th. (:

June 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(51) M says:

Hello. I was 12 when I got my period. Just wanted to tell you never to be afraid to talk to your mom (or any other woman in your life). To tell her you got it can be difficult but you should anyway. A period for most lasts about 3-8ish days. Most people get they’re period in jr. High (12-14) but it can happen anywhere from 8-18. I prefer tampons during the day because you don’t have to worry as much and then pads at night so I don’t have to wake up to change it. :) . And don’t worry if your period is irregular and alltermates between heavy and ligjht: it’s pretty normal. Hope this helps!

July 7, 2010 at 9:53 am
(52) maddie says:

I’m 2 days into mine… And I used a tampon just then… No worries with it… But there seems to only be blood on one side!! Is that normal or should I be really worried?!!


July 11, 2010 at 11:12 am
(53) Ripley says:

Im 13, had it since i was 11. Its only normal if your not on the pill.

September 4, 2010 at 6:36 am
(54) Bronte says:

I got my period for the first time the morning of a school camp and i was wondering which brand of pads and tampons is the best because im about to have my period again soon.

March 11, 2011 at 12:27 am
(55) neisha says:

I’m 16 an I’ve been havin irregular periods, although when I take vitamins it better, if I have sex it gets irregular , now is march an I had a period on th 3rd of feruary. Should I be worried??

March 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm
(56) Squaggadoodle says:

Im 12, i had my period when i was 11. Sometimes My legs cramp bad and my teachers get suspicious when i stay in from lunch. All my freinds never had their period b4 and my mom passed away 3 days b4 my 1st p. I only have a dad and 3 brothers(definatly not feeling about talking to them). I have to save my money to go to the mall and buy pads and tampons, being all secret makes me sad. I cant talk to my docter because he makes me tense and scared, WHAT CAN I DO!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

March 21, 2011 at 11:35 am
(57) Sweetie Pie says:

To Bronte: The brand of pads and tampons u use is all up to u. I’m 14 nd started my p wen i was 11. nd i started out using da same brand as my mom bt den they left my vagina feeling sore so i changed to lil-lets. I luv them coz dey so comfortable and feel invisible. Bt it all cums down to comfort nd wat u prefer.

I jst wana ask. If u don’t get cramps like almost neva, its normal ryt?

March 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(58) Johana says:

Why do I feel soooo uncomfortable around people wen I get my pperiod…and I dont no wat ways to sleep wen I have my perioddperiod,,im afraid of durtyinq my bed sheets/please:)

April 29, 2011 at 1:50 am
(59) Unicorns says:

I had my period a few days ago but im to scared to even metion it to my mom what should i do

June 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(60) Kirsten says:

hey everyone :) I am 14 years old and started my period today..i live with my dad and his work partner,im not very comfortable talking to them about this so please help me..
My periods are quite heavy and brown. i pee a bit of blood and i have been exhausted all day. only my best friend knows and she has been helping me through it. i need to know for sure that my period is normal..im mostly stressing about me peeing blood :/ please help..

July 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(61) Rob says:

Tissue, irregular, and light/heavy is all normal. Any of you who are peeing dark or blood however, should see a doctor as soon as possible — that could be a urinary tract infection. Best to catch those early as it can lead to severe pain or a bladder infection (much worse).

July 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(62) Sexyyyy b3byyyy says:

I had a period before June 24 and the period take long and they a lot!!!!

July 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(63) Sexxxyyyyy baby says:

I’m 14 yrs old and maa period comes n goes and it hurt

July 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm
(64) Sexy babe says:

Heyyy ppl have you get your period before ^3~

July 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm
(65) Cutieee babe^3 says:

Hi ladies I’m Liz I had a period before the pain got worse and I ccryied and complain and stayed in hour so I need help <3

July 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm
(66) Taylor says:

to sweetie pie- i first got my period when i was 13, around october or november i believe. It was about medium heaviness. When you first get your p, it’s irregulaar so don’t worry if it skips around a few months. It goes into a pattern after about a year. Anyway, i don’t get cramps and my breasts don’t get too sore but i do get moody an my patience levels have a wide variety. Don’t be afraid to tell your mom or any other motherly figure. Even older sisters know what your going through. My periods are extremely light now but still are irregular.
I do have a question though. Since i got it for the first time, i’ve been using pads but it’s summer and i hate the smell of it especially in the heat so do the tampons hurt? I’m a virgin but i don’t know if that really makes a differance…

October 16, 2011 at 1:55 am
(67) Yaz says:

Any of u have tips on how to get rids of cramps during your period.I get severe cramps through out my 3 day period. I’ve had it since I was 12 !!

October 16, 2011 at 1:58 am
(68) Yaz says:

Dear confused…. U have a bladder infection…go to the doctor:)

November 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm
(69) Ellie says:

Yaz: I get pretty bad cramps too, not just in my stomach but all through my legs. Midol tends to clear that type of stuff up for me…give it a try. :)
Taylor: I’m having some trouble with tampons…Most people though don’t seem to have a problem with them, and if they’re in right they’re not supposed to hurt, although sometimes getting them in the first few times can be a little uncomfortable.
Everyone else: Everyone’s period is going to be a little bit different. Light brown, dark brown, dark red, bright red, tissue are all perfectly normal (I’ve gone through all of these at least once in the 3 or 4 years I’ve had my period). Also, all sorts of things can cause spotting or irregular periods; our hormones are very tempermental. A couple hours of rock climbing (strenuous exercise) was enough to push my period back a week and cause some annoying on and off spotting. And then the next month, it was completely irregular. Just about anything can set things like that off, and it isn’t something to be too worried about, especially if you’re young.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.