My periods are regularly less than 21 days apart. Is this a problem pregnancy?
Very short cycles could be a problem. In some cases, ovulation will be occurring very early (for example around day 7) and there will not be enough time for the egg to reach full maturity before it is released. Other women may have a reduced interval from ovulation to the next period (the luteal phase). If this phase is less than 10 days long, there will not be enough time for a fertilized egg to implant. If your periods are close together, you should discuss this with your GP or fertility specialist.
The internal organs of the female reproductive system are all located in the lower third of the abdomen. The ovaries store and release eggs, which pass along the fallopian tubes into the uterus. The vagina connects the uterus to the outside of the body. The visible external organs are collectively known as the vulva and consist of the sexually sensitive clitoris surrounded by folds of skin called the labia, which protect the entrances to the vagina and urethra.
Once a month, about 20 immature eggs start to develop within sacs in the ovaries known as follicles. Usually, only one egg will develop to full maturity while the others shrivel away. The primary follicle contains the egg which has grown the fastest. Once mature, the egg is about half the size of a grain of sand and is the largest cell in the human body.
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