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How long will my period last in a month?

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Dr. Apoorva Pallam Reddy, Gynaecologist at Mathrutva Fertility Centre, Bangalore, India talks about the normal duration of a period or menstrual cycle. She has addressed the common period-related concerns in this video.

Menstrual cycle or period is the regular shedding of the thickened uterine lining. The first day of bleeding is taken as day 1 of a menstrual cycle and counted till you get the next period. The total count of the number of days is the length of your menstrual cycle.

A regular menstrual cycle is a sign of a healthy woman. Having a regular normal menstrual cycle is still elusive to many women across the globe. Most of the women find it difficult to keep a tab of their ever-changing menstrual cycle and often wonder if, at all, it is normal.

So, what should a normal period be like?

When the monthly cycle varies between 21- 35 days in adult females and 21- 45 days in young girls, then it is considered as normal. The bleeding may last up to 7 days. It could be a light, medium or heavy flow of blood.

“Most of the women experience their monthly flow anywhere between 21-35 days. It is not uncommon to have a variation in the menstrual cycle as it is very sensitive to factors such as stress, food habit, physical activity, travelling, etc.”

Women in their early menstruation age may experience longer cycle, which starts shortening as they approach menopause.

If you face any of the below-mentioned issues with your menstrual cycle, consult your gynaecologist:

  • A gap of 90 days in menstrual cycle
  • Absence of menstrual cycle by the age of 15
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Spotting anytime
  • Heavy bleeding

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