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Periods, or menstruation, is the time of month when a woman's womb (uterus) sheds its lining, causing bleeding through the vagina. Periods usually last about three to five days, but every woman is different. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about the menstrual cycle, how it occurs, when you should seek medical advice, and much more.

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BootsWebMD brings you expert tips on making a period action plan and preparing your daughter for her period.

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