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Dear Iris,

A friend of mine seems to have a long menstrual cycle, with each month between approximately 33 days and 43 days. In other words, between January and February it was 33 days, between February and March 43 days, between March and April 33 days, and so on. Is this normal and what is the explanation for it? If it makes a difference, she's 20 years old.

 

Sincerely,

 PJ

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Dear PJ,

Each woman is unique and what is normal for one woman may not be normal for another. Your friend has a long cycle, true, but it may be absolutely fine for her. Ask her to contact her doctor and make an appointment for a gynecological exam. When in the doctor's office, she can review her menstrual history and ask what the doctor recommends. The real question is: When does your friend ovulate? That's what she'll need to know to practice effective contraception or to become pregnant.

 

Take care,

Iris

 

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jennygirl4120
jennygirl4120
Posted July 24, 2014
a week or a week and a day i'm new to this stuff that's what i have so far.
Gedwrschjfrihdawfvx
Gedwrschjfrihdawfvx
Posted June 30, 2014
Mine is anywhere from 3 to 6 days
boncuk3936
boncuk3936
Posted May 30, 2014
My first one was when I was 11 and I got at school during lunch so my friend I went to the office to ask for some pads. Over all its not so bad once you get used to it, the only bad part is the cramps. Hope this helps other girls who are scared of starting their period.
tiredsotired
tiredsotired
Posted March 29, 2014
I got my first on march 12 this year, it lasted 4 days
stormyjumps
stormyjumps
Posted May 19, 2014
Right now mine is going on 5 days not to long not to short I just sorta want it to stop because I'm out of pads and I'm gonna have to were a tampon
ikv123
ikv123
Posted May 24, 2014
My first was at school but everything was fine, no one should be worried!
Booboobear678
Booboobear678
Posted March 29, 2014
My first FREAKED me out (I was only 9) it took me two days and bleeding through my pants at school for me to tell her
stargirl4163
stargirl4163
Posted January 21, 2014
I got mine this Monday and Im scared it will last more than 10 days. (Im still on mine)
CelebrityPink16
CelebrityPink16
Posted February 12, 2014
My second period lasted 8 days.. don't feel alone girls!! :-)
music_fries_life
music_fries_life
Posted March 29, 2014
no mine was one day 21 days it was really weird. I wetmy pants on this huge stage in church and I was wearing a white skirt. it was totally embarrising. I went to see a doctor and she said that since im 11 it will go more than 10 days or even 15 days.
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