Normal Menstrual Cycle - Normal Menstrual Cycle
After the teen years and before
perimenopause in your 40s, your luteal phase is very
predictable. It normally lasts 13 to 15 days, from ovulation until menstrual
bleeding starts a new cycle. This 2-week period is also called the
Many women have premenstrual symptoms
during all or part of the luteal phase. You may feel tense, angry, or
emotional. You may gain water weight and feel bloated. Or you may have tender
breasts or acne. A day or more before your period, you may start to have pain
(cramps) in your abdomen, back, or legs. It is normal to have less energy at
this time. Some women also have headaches, diarrhea or constipation, nausea,
dizziness, or fainting.
When premenstrual symptoms make your
daily life difficult, you are said to have
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). For more information, see
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).