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Menstrual cycle over 35 days...

By Anonymous February 1, 2011 - 3:19pm
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I am 21 years old, married, and my husband and I are practicing natural family planning. Because of this I am very aware of my cycle. My usual cycle length is 25-27 days. The last two months, however, my cycle has been 36 days. I have read that the normal menstrual cycle lasts up 28 days and cycles over 35 days are abnormal. What does this mean? Do I need to see a doctor?

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Anon - Thanks for your question, and for seeking information on what's a normal period. Women's cycles vary considerably, and in many ways, including timing, duration, flow and more. Your cycle is not "abnormal."

A regular period is supposed to occur every 24-29 days. Irregular menstrual bleeding takes many forms and varies from woman to woman. 23–35 day cycles are very common. Some women get their periods only one to four times a year. Others have periods two to three times in a month with spotting or extremely heavy flow.

You can find more information here: http://www.empowher.com/menstrual-cycle/content/what-s-deal-irregular-periods

February 1, 2011 - 5:49pm
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