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why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
Occurs monthly: Colloquialisms are odd. Since menses occur about every 28 days in human females, there is a periodicity to them. It's an older term meaning regularly occurring. So one gets a period means its that time of the month for the periodic shedding of endometrial tissue absent a fetal implantation.
Answered on May 25, 2019
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