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hey all,

I just wanted to ask how long a period usually lasts for. I recently had intercourse (my current bf is my first), and we've been using condoms and been very careful with ourselves - wiping up after we're done, etc. I usually use my periods as a way of telling myself that I'm not pregnant (it's a bit silly that way, but I do take preg. tests after that as well). Lately I've noticed that my periods have lessened in duration. I thought periods always had a period of 5 to 7 days. I'm currently having my period - it started 2 days ago with very heavy flows (normal for me), and today it's lighter, like it's clearing up. When people say that the duration of a period is such-and-such a number, do they mean that it ends only when your sanitary pad/tampon is completely white? I'm a little worried about breakthrough bleeding, and have read up on the forums here on that. Please advice~

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Actually, as long as you are using proper protection (such as condoms), there's so reason to assume you may have had a pregnancy risk. So, assuming that you're not pregnant by having your period is a completely normal and sensible thing to do in that situation (and really, unless you miss a period, there's no reason to be taking a pregnancy test afterward!)

Women's periods can have different durations, some can be longer, and some can even just be a couple days long. And yes, usually duration means from whenever you being bleeding, to whenever you do not experience any further bleeding.

Even remotely normal/heavy flow (like what you described for the first two days) is normal, and if you experience that- you're NOT pregnant, it's impossible to have a normal period and remain pregnant.

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