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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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MySweetOreo
MySweetOreo
Posted July 30, 2014
WANT my period so bad. And cannot wait for school!
anniegirl20
anniegirl20
Posted July 30, 2014
hey tasteless, it is totally normal to not have your period every month! its called a irregular period. most girls have it so you should not be concerned! :) hope i helped-anniegirl
PeaceandCoolness
PeaceandCoolness
Posted July 29, 2014
Cecygeronimo, if you're not sure when you're ovulating, you can get an app that tells you when you ovulate. But if you don't want to do that, you can have sex on the last day of your period because spearm can live in your baldy for up to 5 days. You know you're going to start ovulating not a long time after your period, so that's why I suggest this. Hope I helped:)
Tasteless
Tasteless
Posted July 29, 2014
okay, I'm a teen and I get my periods every other months. My last period was in May and now it's started today in June... don't get my periods every month like other girls. Is that a problem? I'm scared and don't want to ask my Mum.
simplyfabulous562
simplyfabulous562
Posted July 24, 2014
I saw that one of the girls said I want it so badly Well think again because it's horrible ,the cramps the cravings etc I wouldn't want it if I were u
Cecygeronimo
Cecygeronimo
Posted July 24, 2014
Hi I'm new to this but I have a quick question I have a 35 day cycle and my period last about 7 days , but the though part is my husband and I are trying to get pregnant but I just don't seem to know when I ovulate since I have a 35 day cycle an is hard for me to know when I ovulate , so please can you help me with this problem
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
xvkx
xvkx
Posted July 24, 2014
@Kiabeth, I got my first period when I was eleven years old! Thirteen is a common age to get your period, and talking to your parents isn't as scary as you might think! Well, don't talk to your dad, of course! However, your mom will understand because she goes through it as well. Plus, she's been in your shoes once! Don't be scared, it all works out fine! Your mother can't be upset with you for getting your period, it happens on its own! Congratulations on getting it! Keep a little calendar on your phone (Period Tracker in the App Store) or just in your room and keep track of when your periods are. You'll see you'll develop a cycle soon :) Good Luck, Alyssa
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?
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