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Doctors Think Your Period Should Be a Fifth Vital Sign

Physicians are learning to ask more questions about periods to get a better understanding of a person’s overall health

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Illustration: Sophi Gullbrants

ItIt happens monthly, for two up to seven days at a time. A woman will menstruate for about seven years during her lifetime, on average. And yet there are still plenty of…




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