Menstruation Facts: What is your period?

Menstruation, or getting your period, is a word people use to describe the few days (usually 2-7 days) every month when blood comes out of your vagina. It can be scary at first! But it is totally natural. Every girl will start her period (or to menstruate) in the next few years. At first, it may not be regular and happen every month.


Why do you bleed?

It is part of the cycle of your body that prepares you to have babies one day. All girls have thousands of eggs inside their ovaries (the body part that makes the eggs). At puberty these eggs start to ripen and begin to release one at a time, every month. If the sperm from a boy or man has joined with the egg a girl or woman can become pregnant. If not, you will get a menstrual period (bleed) once a month.


Your menstrual cycle takes around 28 days but it can be longer or shorter.


Days 1- 5: Your Period

Day 1 is the first day you bleed. This means your uterus (also called the "womb," and is where a baby grows when a women is pregnant) is losing its wall (lining).You may feel very sore and emotional.


Days 6 – 13: Period finishing and eggs prepare to escape

A new egg is getting riper inside your ovaries. Your uterus wall (lining) is growing thicker to prepare for release of the eggs.


Days 14 – 19: Ovulation time!

As you egg travels towards the uterus, your body is very fertile (ready to meet the sperm). So be careful, you can get pregnant easily during this time.


Days 19 – 28: Egg reaches the uterus and breaks

Once your egg reaches the uterus, it starts to break. 
If you are not pregnant, your period will start. You will be on day 1 of your menstrual cycle again.

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B-Wise User Mthethwa 15 July 2020 18:52

Hi my friend is 12 she is addicted to sex and she takes a pillow and put it on her vigina like she is having sex is this normal and I don't not want to be her friend anymore

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 July 2020 15:25

Hello,

What your friend is doing is called masturbation. Read this article: https://bwisehealth.com/article/masturbation-and-orgasm-touch-play



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 July 2020 10:39

Told my doctor I was spotting for a month and he gave me antibiotics and I'm still spotting but not pain and wanted to know when I will stop ....not sexually active

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 July 2020 14:06

Hi there,

You have to go back to the doctor and tell them that the antibiotics didn't stop the spotting. Make sure you complete your antibiotic treatment first



B-Wise User Anonymous 2 July 2020 22:06

Why am I spotting while on injection??

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2020 12:36

Hello,

Spotting when on the injection is normal because the menstrual cycle changes 



B-Wise User Anonymous 2 July 2020 15:52

Will morning after pill work if taken 1day before ovulation?

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 July 2020 18:47

Hello,

There is no guarantee that it will work because ovulation is so close



B-Wise User Anonymous 29 June 2020 10:51

I am 28 days cycle my last period was on 30 may only for 1 and half day is it normal

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 June 2020 15:59

Hello,

You need to keep track of your periods for the next 2-3 months. if they continue to be one and a half day then go to the clinic or doctor to get checked



B-Wise User Anonymous 23 June 2020 09:56

Is spotting sign of pregnancy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 June 2020 16:40

Hi there,

Please read this: https://bwisehealth.com/article/i-am-spotting-what-should-i-do



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 June 2020 17:04

Hello I have 3 years not going to my period, is it normal?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 June 2020 17:16

Hello there,

This is not normal at all. You need to go to the clinic or doctor as soon as possible.



B-Wise User Anonymous 3 June 2020 12:48

Sunday to Tuesday I was bleeding meaning I had my period which was for the first time so Tuesday night I slept and woke up in the morning I went to the toilet and there was no blood is this normal

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 June 2020 16:38

Hello,

Sometimes the period cycle is short which means you have your period for less days. It shouldn't be a problem



B-Wise User Anonymous 30 May 2020 23:38

Hello What if i don't get into periods am scared because it's lockdown am in grade 7. Grade 7 and 12 are going back to school and it can happen to get into periods in first day. What must i do,advance please

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2020 16:46

Hello,

Your periods will come when it is time. You can't do anything but wait for them.



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 May 2020 20:29

Hello I have discharge since grade 5 to 7 so do i think I have a problem

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 May 2020 09:34

Hello, 

Discharge is normal at those ages because your hormones are working and your vagina is cleaning itself. Don't worry



B-Wise User Anonymous 25 May 2020 22:51

Hello What Will you do if you are 19yrs and u haven't started ur periods and no discharge is that normal

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 May 2020 09:41

Hello,

Some people start their period later than others. I would recommend you go to the doctor or clinic to make sure everything is okay.



B-Wise User Anonymous 22 May 2020 16:01

Am nt using any pill or injections to avoid pregnant in my life but am not get pregnant wht is the problem l wish to be the mother of babies am in marriage for 4years plz help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2020 16:20

Hello, 

You need to see a gynecologist who will examine you



B-Wise User Anonymous 22 May 2020 16:00

Am nt using any pill or injections to avoid pregnant in my life but am not get pregnant wht is the problem l wish to be the mother of babies am in marriage for 4years plz help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2020 16:20

Hi,

You need to go to a clinic or doctor to get checked. They will tell you what is happening after checking you



B-Wise User Anonymous 21 May 2020 10:27

Is murstabating wrong or can murtabating cause to bo on periods

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 May 2020 17:31

Hello,

There is nothing wrong with masturbation.

Please read this: https://bwisehealth.com/article/am-i-masturbating-too-much

Masturbation does not cause a period



B-Wise User Anonymous 21 May 2020 10:25

Is it normal to be on early period and also few drop of blood come out and last for a day

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 May 2020 17:29

Hello,

Period cycles change a lot. Just keep track of the dates and flow and if this continues, go to the clinic or doctor.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 May 2020 15:21

But why does it take 3 to 4 days for me to release the lining before the actual blood that takes 6 daus after the 4 daus of releasing brown lining

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 May 2020 17:12

Hello,

Please go to the clinic or doctor to get checked. They will refer you to a gynecologist who will examine you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 18 April 2020 00:42

Hi I'm 18 years old. I have an irregular period every month it's late by a week or two. Mean while I'm having unprotected sex once a week and I've been trying to get pregnant but my period just comes late and no pregnancy. What is wrong?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2020 11:07

Hi there,

There could be many reasons for your period being irregular. Go to the clinic or doctor to get checked so they can tell you what is happening and what you can do.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 March 2020 10:19

Hi,my name is mpho I'm 14 years old going to turn 15 but I have reached my periods if I may ask is there something wrong about me cause I'm worried my little sister who is 11 years old is already menstruating

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 March 2020 13:23

Hi Lady M, 


Our bodies develop in different paces, your period may come a bit later for you, you have nothing to worry about. Read more on your body https://bwisehealth.com/category/girl-s-body-guide



B-Wise User Ituh'meleng 12 October 2019 13:56

Hello there,I'm 14yrs I didn't started menstruate so I want to know what can I do if I can't menstruate?

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 October 2019 09:24

Hi there, get all your Menstruation Facts here https://bwisehealth.com/article/menstruation-facts-what-is-your-period



B-Wise User Tracy 13 March 2018 19:21

is it wrong not menstruating the next month

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 18:23

Hi Tracy, thank you for your question. If you are not menstruating the next month, or if you skipped your period it is best that you visit your local clinic so you can get checked by a nurse or a doctor. 



B-Wise User Tracy 13 March 2018 19:19

so that how your body is ready to have a baby

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:36

Hi Tracy, thank you for your feedback. We glad that the article helped you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 21 January 2018 20:39

To menstruate two times a months is it possible?

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 January 2018 20:43

Hi Anonymous. It is not normal to get your period more than once a month. You could have an irregular menstrual cycle. There are many reasons that could cause this like stress or hormone imbalance. But the only way to know for sure what is wrong, is for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic. They will check you and give you medication if you need it. Good luck. 



B-Wise User Keah 17 December 2017 00:35

How do you know that you are pregnant without consulting a doctor?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:18

Hi thank you for your question. You can buy a pregnancy test at your local pharmacy.



B-Wise User Anonymous 23 February 2017 18:37

I'm a 14 year old.I want to know if it is normal to menstruate for a day????

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:21

Hi there, thank you for your question. Many medications used to prevent pregnancy work by changing your menstrual cycle (period). This means that the time and length of your period may change. The best thing is to go back to the clinic so they can check you and give you the right treatment for you. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 August 2016 10:14

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B-Wise User mababy mpeta 23 August 2016 18:53

m 43 yrs old mother 2 babies 1boy aAnonymoulynd 1 girl ,the boy is 25yrs ,girl is turing11yrs on October. I want to know there is changes to have another baby.Anonymously.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:55

Thank you for your family planning question. It is possible to have another baby at this age, especially so if you are still getting your period monthly. However, there are some risks associated with having a baby after 40 years old. Please visit your nurse or doctor for a proper check-up and guidance.



B-Wise Expert Expert 26 August 2016 11:00

Thank you for your family planning question. It is possible to have another baby at this age, especially so if you are still getting your period monthly. However, there are some risks associated with having a baby after 40 years old. Please visit your nurse or doctor for a proper check-up and guidance.