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Added May 14, 2014

Period Facts: Your Menstrual Cycle

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Curious about what menstruation is all about? Here are a few quick facts to help you out.

 

The Basics

Menstruation is another term for your monthly period — which is when a woman’s uterus sheds tissue, fluid and blood it no longer needs. The word "menstruation" comes from menses — the Latin word for "month." If you’ve heard friends talk about "that time of the month," you can probably guess they are talking about being on their period.

 

A menstrual cycle is the time between the first day of one period and the first day of your next period — usually about a month. The average cycle lasts 28 days, but anywhere between 21 and 35 days is normal.

 

 

Quick Menstruation Facts

  • You may see a clear or whitish fluid in your underwear. This is vaginal discharge and is a sign that your period is on its way.

  • The average period releases about 4-12 teaspoons of menstrual fluid and only a small amount of that is blood. However, your flow can change throughout your menstrual cycle where some days are lighter or heavier than others.

  • Getting your period is a normal, healthy and positive part of growing up!

  • Each of your two ovaries holds thousands of eggs, and you are born with all the eggs you’ll ever have!

  • Everyone’s menstrual cycle is different. Keep track of your unique cycle with a calendar, or our Period Calculator, to help you prepare for your next period.

 

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anniegirl20
anniegirl20
Posted June 30, 2014
Kiabeth first of all congrats!!!!!! and what you should do is sit down with your mom alone and just ask her about when she got her first period....if you are ok with that, and when is about silent or when she it talking just say, mom I had my first period! and if she doesn't believe you show her your old liner/old undies. and if you have a hard time with that, it will be ever harder to tell her you are pregnant! haha I really hope I helped -anniegirl
iCrazyCookie
iCrazyCookie
Posted June 30, 2014
Why don't we call it "Menstruation" instead of "periods" then?
Kiabeth
Kiabeth
Posted June 23, 2014
Today I got my first period I am so scared to tell my parents how should I tell them I am 13 years old I think that I am still to young but I dont know I am just so confused
GirlyGirl126
GirlyGirl126
Posted June 16, 2014
hey girls, i had my period like 4 months ago and never had it sence it was over mid-winter break in febuary and it has been 4 months am i pregnate or i guess im just irregular thats what my mother says but if anyone has a question i would be more than happy to answer it thanks, and to answer the question of how long does a period last mine lasted for 6 days it was pretty bad but it all lasts 3-7 days it depends on your flow mine is pretty heavy i got it last year trust me i know so ask away:-)
the unique one
the unique one
Posted May 30, 2014
so i am confused how long does a period normally last?
LollipopC1
LollipopC1
Posted June 07, 2014
I'm confused how long does your period last?, because i should be getting mine soon.
Jessica2276
Jessica2276
Posted April 21, 2014
Just got my first period 4 days ago and im starting to get really bad cramps and feel like im gonna be sick :(
Giovannie
Giovannie
Posted May 12, 2014
this was helpful
Posted May 30, 2014
I want it soo badly! :'(
Ms.Period
Ms.Period
Posted April 26, 2014
Lalafun13: You should not be scared or worried. You could tell a doctor if you wanted to, but it can take up to four years for your period to regulate. I started a year ago, and I have skipped 3 months at a time. It is perfectly normal.
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