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How long does a woman have periods?

Women usually continue having periods until menopause. Menopause occurs around the age of 51, on average. Menopause means that a woman is no longer ovulating (producing eggs) and therefore can no longer become pregnant. Like menstruation, menopause can vary from woman to woman and may take several years to occur. Some women have early menopause because of surgery or other treatment, illness, or other reasons.

While the length of the first part of the cycle (from onset of bleeding to ovulation) varies among women, the second part (from ovulation to onset of bleeding) is almost always 14 days long.

Sperm can live for 3–4 days (possibly up to 7 days) inside a woman, so the most fertile period (with the highest likelihood of sexual intercourse leading to pregnancy) is the time some 5 days before until 1–2 days after ovulation. In a normal four-week cycle, this corresponds to the second and the beginning of the third week of the cycle. (It is important to note that pregnancy can occur from intercourse at any time during the menstrual cycle, even during menstruation.) Various natural family planning methods of birth control attempt to determine the precise time of ovulation in order to find the fertile and infertile days in the cycle.

A somewhat common error of people who have heard about the menstrual cycle and ovulation is to assume, for contraceptive purposes, that cycles are always regular and 28 days long, and that ovulation always occurs 14 days after beginning of the menses. This may lead to unintended pregnancies.

More information on menstruation

What is menstruation? - Menstruation is a woman's monthly bleeding. Menstruation is a very complicated process involving many different hormones, the woman's sex organs and the brain.
What is a normal menstrual cycle? - The menstrual cycle is a term used to describe the sequence of events that occur within a womenĄŻs body as it prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month.
At what age does menstruation typically begin? - Girls start menstruating at the average age of 12. However, girls can begin menstruating as early as 8 years of age or as late as 16 years of age.
How often does a girl get her menstruation period? - Menstruation period happen about once a month. They last for four to seven days after which there is a pause of about 23 days (three weeks or so) until the next period.
How long does a woman have periods? - Women usually continue having periods until menopause. Menopause occurs around the age of 51, on average. The second part (from ovulation to onset of bleeding) is almost always 14 days long.
What kinds of problems do women have with their periods? - Women can have various kinds of problems with their periods, including pain, heavy bleeding, and skipped periods.
How often should I change my pad/tampon? - Sanitary napkins (pads) should be changed as often as necessary, before the pad is soaked with menstrual flow. Tampons should be changed often (at least every 4-8 hours).
What is amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)? - Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. There are two categories: primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea.
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Dong Quai, one of the most important of the Chinese tonic herbs, is used as a nourishing blood tonic and to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai helps to balance female hormones and to prevent the troublesome symptoms of menopause and PMS.

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