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I've been wondering for a while whether it's too important that my menstrual cycle isn't regular. I don't have bad cramps, heavy bleeding or tenderness beforehand, so I'm wondering if whether having a nice regular 28 to 35 day cycle is necessary for me? My body is fine otherwise, so I'm not presently worried- just curious as to whether it's something I should be concerned about.

In the past few months, I've had 34, 38, 26, and 40 day cycles. To me, that looks like I'm averaging about 35 days, although the 26 day one was pretty early. As a side note, I'm nearly 18, and I've been having periods for about 7 years.

Thanks in advance!

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The difference between 34, 38 and 40 days is actually pretty minor, and yep, now and then one cycle can be noticeably longer or shorter than another. It's looking to me like your cycles, on the whole, really aren't all that irregular, they've just more often been longer than you're expecting them to be. Since they also aren't happening with any other symptoms, it doesn't sound like there's cause for concern here, but you can always talk to a sexual/reproductive healthcare provider if you'd feel better hearing that in person.

It might help to know that a 28-day cycle is an average: there are plenty of women whose cycles are longer and shorter than that.

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