What’s Normal for You Is Normal… Period! Get the Facts About Your Menstrual Cycle…

What exactly is a “menstrual cycle?”

It’s the amount of time from the first day of your period until the day before your next period.

Why is it important to know about your period?

The truth is that 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Get to know your cycle so you can know when you are most likely to become pregnant. That way YOU decide when you’re ready to become a mom.

Is there such a thing as a “normal” period?

Every woman’s body is different, so the definition of a “normal period” changes for each woman. Health experts say that a “regular” menstrual cycle is between 26 and 32 days, but the reality is that 50% of all women are not “regular!” So don’t be alarmed if your cycle has a schedule of its own.

When should I be concerned about my menstrual cycle?

Extremely heavy bleeding and clotting, cramps that hurt so badly you can’t do your daily activities, unusually long periods, or never getting a period are all things you should talk about with your doctor.

What does it mean to ovulate?

Ovulation is the time in your reproductive cycle when your ovary releases eggs, usually within 10 days to 3 weeks after your period starts. When you ovulate, you are fertile and can become pregnant. This “window of fertility” lasts about 5 or 6 days per menstrual cycle. But remember! This 5 or 6 day window may “open” at different times during your cycle.

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Learn more about your period and your reproductive health.

Remember, folic acid is a vitamin women should take.

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