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How many menstrual periods does the average woman have?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Most women will have 350 menses in their lifetimes. Our female ancestors had only about 100 menses, due to constant pregnancy and breastfeeding. This means that therapies that reduce the monthly event might be more natural than we suspect. In theory, this would also reduce the incidence of cancer of the reproductive organs.
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