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 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.