The word menstruation comes from the Latin word for month, menses, indicating the frequency that most women bleed (once a month).
Menstruation is more commonly known as a period. The menstrual cycle is the time from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.
Your period will usually last between three and seven days. The full menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days. The cycle includes not just your period but the rise and fall of hormones and other body changes that take place over the month.
The hormones that regulate your period are called oestrogen & progesterone. These hormones cause your ovaries to release one egg, called an ovum, about once a month. If this ovum becomes fertilized by a sperm, the mucous membrane remains in the uterus. However most months there is no fertilized egg so the unfertilized egg and the lining of your uterus leaves your body. This is called your period.
The average woman will repeat this cycle about 400 times during her lifetime.
YOUR MONTHLY CYCLE
- The egg is released form the ovary and travels down the Fallopian tube to the uterus.
- If the egg is not fertilized it breaks away from uterus and comes out of your vagina as your period.
- This is the first day of your period, which may last from 3-7 days (varies from person to person).
- This is also the first day of your menstrual cycle which last around 28 days.
- Two weeks after your first day of your period you ovaries release an an egg into the Fallopian tube and your uterus thickens. This is called ovulation.
- If the egg is not fertilized the egg needs to leave your body, this is called mensturation (or your period).
Getting your period doesn’t need to be a pain and is an important part of being a healthy woman.
When you do get your period, you will have the option to use disposable sanitary items or a menstrual cup. All options take a bit of getting used to and a bit of practice to get right.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Average Age of your first menstruation (period):
12 – 13 years old. A girl can start her period anytime between the ages of 8 and 15 years.
Average amount of blood I lose when menstruating?
While it may seem like a lot of blood is lost, the average cycle only produces between 10-85ml, which is around three tablespoons. Nine out of ten women lose less than 80ml each cycle. As a guide, a regular tampon fully soaked will hold about 5ml of menstrual fluid. Only about half of menstrual fluid is blood (the rest is cervical mucus, vaginal secretions and endometrial tissue).
Average time of a normal menstrual cycle?
A cycle is counted from the first day of 1 period to the first day of the next period. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long. Cycles can range anywhere from 21 to 35 days in adults and from 21 to 45 days in young teens.
Average age of menopause?
51 years old in the West. The average age of menopause in developing nations is younger (between 44-47 years old). The symptoms of menopause last from 4-6 years.
Average number of years I’ll spend menstruating?
37 years in Western countries (if women start at age 12, stop at age 51, and have two full-term pregnancies).
How many times will I menstruate in my lifetime?
About 460 times.
How much menstrual blood will I lose in one year?
About 450 ml, which is a little more than this kid’s size coca cola cup:
How much menstrual fluid will I lose in a lifetime?
16 litres (that is three times the amount of blood in our body, because the human body contains an average of 5 litres of blood).