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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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tiredsotired
tiredsotired
Posted March 29, 2014
I got my first on march 12 this year, it lasted 4 days
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.
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
Bluewave100
Bluewave100
Posted November 05, 2013
My god! Even mine is way longer than all yours!! (15 days is the longest I've had) No fair!
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!! :-)
Moniicatt
Moniicatt
Posted September 10, 2012
i hate my 1st it was 8 days long >:( !!!
Brittanylolz
Brittanylolz
Posted October 28, 2013
When I first got my period it lasted 7days! Now they last5days
BeingGirl.com Rules
BeingGirl.com Rules
Posted July 05, 2012
First!
makeupnerd43
makeupnerd43
Posted July 19, 2012
mine only lasts 3 days o_o
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