your period is a normal and healthy part of being a woman.
Young girls should not be terrified, rather should be prepared
for puberty’s biggest event - having your period or
menstruating. Menstruation begins during puberty, usually 12
or 13, but it can start anytime between 8 and 16.
are the most frequently asked questions about menstrual
is a menstrual cycle?
menstrual cycle is how a woman’s body prepares for the
possibility of pregnancy each month. A cycle usually averages
about 28 days long and starts on the first day of a period.
However, a cycle can range anywhere from 23 to 35 days.
happens during the cycle?
are four phases of the cycle.
first phase is menstruation – or having your period. The
lining of the uterus (the endometrium)
breaks up and flows from the uterus through the small opening
of the cervix, and passes out of the body through the vagina.
The menstrual flow is actually a mixture made up of blood,
mucus, and body cells. The
flow might be red or quite dark, and might include some clumps
or clots. Most menstrual periods last from three to five days.
second phase is pre-ovulation phase. Right after your period
ends, the ovaries start to prepare another egg, or ovum, for
release in the fallopian tubes.
third phase is ovulation. Here, the egg is released from the
ovary into the fallopian tubes. If the egg becomes fertilized
by a sperm cell, it attaches itself to the uterine wall and a
fetus will begin to develop. Ovulation usually occurs 14 days
before the start of your next period.
fourth phase is the premenstrual phase. If the egg is not
fertilized, the thickened lining of the uterus is shed during
the menstrual period, as a new menstrual cycle starts all over
is a menstrual period?
menstrual period is a woman’s monthly bleeding. A girl’s
period may not be the same every month, and can vary from girl
to girl. Periods can be light, moderate, or heavy, and the
length of the period also varies. While most menstrual periods
last from three to five days, anywhere from two to seven days
is considered normal. For the first few years after
menstruation begins, periods may be very irregular.
pads or tampons, which are made of cotton or another absorbent
material, are worn to absorb the blood flow. Sanitary
napkins (pads) should be changed as often as necessary, before
the pad is soaked with menstrual flow. Tampons should be
changed every 4 hours. Make sure that you use the lowest
absorbency of tampon available.
long does a woman have periods?
A woman will no longer be able to reproduce once she reaches menopause,
usually around the age of 50. Menopause means that a woman is
no longer ovulating (producing eggs) and therefore can no
longer become pregnant. Like menstruation, menopause can vary
from woman to woman and may take several years to occur.
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