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What Is Considered A Normal Menstrual Cycle?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

All women do not have the same period cycle, many attributes vary, ranging from the length of the period, the duration, cravings, pain among other things. Here are a few red flags for you to know if your menstrual cycle is normal

  • Duration of period: The average woman bleeds for three to five days, but it’s normal to bleed for as few as 2 days or as many as 7 days. It can also be normal to bleed beyond seven days if it’s just spotting. However, if you experience heavy flow beyond seven days, it is not considered to be normal.
  • Menstrual cycle length: The average menstrual cycle length (the first day of your period until the next period begins) is said to be 28 days. There’s a misconception that anything shorter or longer than 28 days is not normal, but this isn’t true. A cycle as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days is still considered normal. For the first few years after menstruation begins, long cycles are common. However, menstrual cycles tend to shorten and become more regular as you age.
  • Variation between periods: Slight variation in the length of your cycles is normal. For example, if one month your cycle is 28 days and another cycle is 30 days, this would be within the normal range. A large variation is not considered to be normal. For example, if some cycles were 21 days long, and others 33 days long, that would be considered an abnormal variation. If you have menstrual cycles that vary this much, you are experiencing irregular periods.

Sometimes, due to stress or illness, your cycle may be delayed. Having one off cycle is nothing to be worried about, though if you go longer than 60 days without a period, and you’re not pregnant, you should speak to your doctor.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Harsha Vardhini
Harsha Vardhini 5pts

Aftr leaving job I myself practised sm gud yoga techniques n chngd my lf style n tuk sm more intake f Iron contents n nw its regular n normal

Harsha Vardhini
Harsha Vardhini 5pts

Hi Gargee for Pcos its jst we need to maintain a gud life style n a gud exercise to ur body n mind so dt u are in peace n ur hormonal condition becomes normal,I was facing ths issue since 6mnths wthn whch I was nt gttng my regular cycles coz f my late night sleep n wrk pressure