Menstrual Cycle

• Each month your reproductive hormones cause the uterine lining to thicken and prepare for a possible pregnancy.

• About midway through your monthly cycle, an egg is released by one of your ovaries; this is called ovulation.

• If this egg is fertilized, it moves into the uterus and develops into a fetus.

• If this egg is not fertilized, your hormones begin to taper, and the lining of your uterus is shed as your monthly cycle bleeding.

• Most women's menstrual periods last between five and seven days.

• The average menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days but may vary from 23 to 35 days and still be considered normal.

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