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How Many Days In A Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
One or two days: Ovulation is the moment an egg is released, but there is a time of less than 24 hours where that egg can be fertilized by a sperm. The sperm can live inside a woman for up to 3-5 days, so intercourse a few days before ovulation can result in pregnancy. Women with shorter cycles may ovulate twice in the same month. ...Read more
No good answer: There is no good answer as when the next cycle will start. This can be extremely variable. ...Read more
Depends: Some women have a 28 day cycle and some have a 35 day cycle, so being 5 days late for each of those women as an absolute number is going to mean something different. Basic rule of thumb, though, if you're more than 5-7 days late, you're likely late. Could be stress, weight gain/loss, hormones, thyroid or pregnancy. See your doctor if you're worried. ...Read more
Reasons: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more
Depends: A menstrual cycle is usually 28 days, with ovulation occurring mid cycle around day 14. You can get pregnant around this time. Sperm can stay active in the body for 3-5 days. If you are not ovulating, you cannot get pregnant. However, everyone's cycle is different. If you want to get pregnant there are ways to help track ovulation. If not, it is best to use birth control all the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You likely would: have ovulated on cycle day 12Get a more detailed answer ›
In the mid -cycle: Ovulation physiologically occur in mid-cycle i.e. 2 weeks with 28 days regular period. To be more precise you may check your rectal temperature with termometer. Time of ovulation is associated with slight increase of your rectal temp compared to baseline. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Safe sex: The days to have sex to avoid conceiving are 4 days prior to ovulation to 3 days after ovulation (one week out of the cycle). This method is called the billings method of contraception, and you can learn about it online. The critical fact if that you have to know your own cycle well for it to work. If you don't they it is possible that you will conceive. At age 47 the chances of pregnancy are low. ...Read more
Yes : Menstrual cycles work by days, not months. The "cycle" is preparation for implantation, ovulation, removal of unused uterine lining that was ready for implantation. The timing is by days 11-14 days after the previous menses ovulation occurs. If no implantation happens the period starts about 12-14 days later. So your period could start on the last day of a month and continue onto the next month. ...Read more
Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more
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