Looking for information about menstruation, PMS or contraception? Concerned about a late period or irregular periods? Our menstrual cycle can sometimes play tricks on us.
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Period: What is it?
Occurring once a month, menstruation is the time when blood flows from the vagina for a few days. This is completely normal and is part of women’s lives. People often refer to menstruation (the medical term) as a period. A period itself is part of a larger cycle, the menstrual cycle: a recurring, monthly series of changes in a woman’s body that prepares her for the possibility of pregnancy.
Once a month, an egg leaves the ovaries and travels down the fallopian tubes towards the uterus. At the same time, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker with extra blood and tissue to create a cushion for a potentially fertilized egg. If an egg is fertilized with sperm and you become pregnant, the fertilized egg will attach itself to your uterus where it will slowly develop into a baby. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus begins to break down so it can be shed (along with the egg that was not fertilized). Your period – or the time of bleeding – occurs when your body gets rid of the extra blood and tissue that’s no longer needed. The cycle then starts all over again.