A period is the part of woman’s menstrual cycle occurring after the release of an egg (ovulation). During this time the uterus sheds its lining, resulting in a discharge of blood out of the vagina. Normal menstrual cycles occur every 21-35 days and can last up to 7 days. Few women have cycles exactly every 28 days.
Given that every woman has her own unique cycle, how can you know if you are experiencing something “abnormal?” Deviating from your typical cycle in any way is a good indicator. This can include: losing more or producing less blood than you typically do; cycles shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days; and/or periods accompanied by more severe symptoms than what you usually experience.