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They’re a fact of life for all women, but how much do you really know about your menstrual cycle? Dr Sujata Gupta clears up some of the confusion

DR SUJATA GUPTA is a consultant gynaecologist at BMI The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester

1 The ‘average’ period doesn’t actually exist

While every period follows the same biological process, there is so much fluctuation between individuals that it isn’t possible to define what a standard period looks like for every female body – for one woman, a period every 21 days is typical, but for another each cycle takes 41 days, and both are perfectly normal. What’s important is that you have a grasp of your average period and get used to monitoring it, so that if your cycle changes, you’re quick to notice. Fluctuations in your periods can be a sign of reproductive or hormonal issues, so I’d recommend always to see your doctor if things change.

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