an interval of the menstrual cycle when fertilization is considered to be least likely, usually a number of days prior and subsequent to the onset of menstruation.
Origin of safe period
First recorded in 1915–20
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The period in the menstrual cycle when conception is least likely, typically from ten days before to ten days after the onset of menstruation.
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