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So lets cover the basics; Menstruation aka having your period is a cycle that helps prepare your body for pregnancy every month. It begins when a girl reaches puberty but the age can differ from girl to girl.
During your menstrual cycle, hormones make the eggs in your ovaries mature and when the egg is mature, that means its ready to be fertilised by a sperm cell. These hormones also make the lining of your uterus thick and spongy. So if your egg does get fertilised, it has a nice cosy place to land and start a pregnancy. This lining is made of tissue and blood, providing all the nutrients needed for a pregnancy.
About halfway through your menstrual cycle, you hormones tell one of your ovaries to release a mature egg; this is called ovulation. Most people don’t feel it when they ovulate, but some ovulation symptoms are bloating, spotting, or a little pain in your lower belly. Once the egg has left your ovary, it travels through one of your fallopian tubes towards your uterus.
If pregnancy doesn’t happen, your body no longer needs the thick lining in your uterus and so the lining breaks down, and the blood, nutrients, and tissue flow out of your body through your vagina.
Voilà, its your period!
Here are some fun facts you may not know!
1) Some women have longer cycles than others because their eggs are lazy
Well, not lazy, but some people’s cycles take 31 days because, after ovulation, their eggs take the scenic route travelling down the fallopian tubes to the uterus.
2) The term “period” in reference to menstruation dates from 1822 and means an “interval in time” or a “repeated cycle of events.”
3) Periods tend to be heavier, more painful, and longer during the colder months.