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What is a normal period?

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When it comes to periods, "normal" covers a lot of ground. The only true normal is what's normal for you.

Though the average cycle is 28 days long, anything between 21 and 45 days is considered normal. Anything from 2 days to a week-long period is normal.

Whether your flow is light, moderate, or heavy, it's all normal, too.

Other normal menstruation symptoms include:

  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cramping in the lower abdomen and back
  • More hunger
  • Sleep issues

From: What Is a Normal Period? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Menstrual cycle: What's normal, what's not."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Menstrual Cycle: An Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Menstrual Cycle."

Womenshealth.gov: "Menstruation and the menstrual cycle."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Menstrual cycle: What's normal, what's not."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Menstrual Cycle: An Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Menstrual Cycle."

Womenshealth.gov: "Menstruation and the menstrual cycle."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 11, 2018

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