Early Period

Here again so soon? Early periods can sometimes take you by surprise but the causes can often be managed with simple changes.

A great way to control your period is to improve your lifestyle and keep your hormones balanced throughout the month. We show you the early period causes, treatments and the best hygiene product to manage unexpected bleeding.

Why do I have an early period?

An early period can be bleeding just days or weeks after the end of your last period. An early period can be caused by hormonal and lifestyle changes that disrupt the balance of your body.
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Hormones can become unbalanced by:

  • Taking contraceptive pills, or emergency contraception
  • Stress or anxiety can release stress hormones that can alter your flow.
  • Fatigue, tiredness and working too many hours can leave you lacking energy and your period may become irregular.
  • Puberty or menopause. When a woman’s body goes through changes, hormones fluctuate.


Early periods can sometimes indicate pregnancy or implantation bleeding. If you think you could be pregnant, see a doctor for a consult.

How to treat an early period

Try these simple lifestyle changes that can help to re-balance your cycle.

Top treatments:

  1. Eat healthy and maintain a balanced diet throughout the month. Avoid rapid weight gain or loss, as this can change your hormone levels and make your period early, or delayed.
  2. Sleep well, and make time every day for relaxing. Your body needs extra energy during menstruation to keep your cycle regular.
  3. Relax. If you have a busy lifestyle, or stressful job, try to make sure you de-stress at the end of each day. Anxiety and emotions can put extra stress on your body, which will affect your hormonal balance. Put your feet up, it’s good for you!

Extra tip

Using the right hygiene product can make early periods easy to manage. Menstrual cups are healthy and convenient and can even be worn when you have a very light flow, or in the days before your period arrives – meaning you can be ready for anything! Check our page Get Started with a Menstrual Cup to find out more.

When to see a doctor

Early periods are generally caused by common lifestyle factors but can sometimes indicate other health problems. If you have been sexually active and could be pregnant, visit your doctor for a consult – early periods can sometimes be a sign of pregnancy or implantation bleeding.

Learn more

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