On an average a period lasts between 3 to 5 days. It is normal for a girl to have irregular periods in the beginning. During this time, the duration of her periods may vary from as short as 2 days to as long as 7 days. It can take up to a year for periods to become regular.

Illustration of a girl looking inside her skirt to find if her periods have arrived, to her side are four panels showing the amount of blood flow in first four days of menstruation - Menstrupedia
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