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The Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle controls ovulation and the monthly period


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  • Anne's photo avatar
    Anne — 26.03.2018 18:36
    I'm 55, not had a period since July '17 but had a slight period 2weeks ago for 5 days and started again today , is this normal?


  • Tracy nicholls's photo avatar
    Tracy nicholls — 05.03.2018 19:49
    I have gone three and a half months with no period and then bam it’s there. It lasted less than 10 hours. The previous period was not much either. How long should I expect this to keep happening I’m coming up 55 now


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      eileen — 06.03.2018 15:46
      Hi Tracy Unfortunately, it is very difficult to tell how long this could go on for as it is different for every woman. However, as your periods are really starting to tail off and become much shorter hopefully it won't be too long now for you.


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    Nicola — 07.11.2017 06:01
    I am 49 and I just missed one month but then came on but very lightly. At the moment I don't know when i will be on again .


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 07.11.2017 15:26
      HI Nicola Changing periods are often one of the first signs that you are approaching the menopause. Periods at this point can vary between heavy and light, on time, late, early, missing, long or short, close together or further apart and in any combination! Although this is usually nothing to worry about and is just the way your own hormones are falling it is best to get this checked out by your doctor at some.


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