Menstruation 101

A guide to your period

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Your period, Mary J, monthly visitor, menstruation. Whatever you call it, most of us have to deal with it every month. And it can be a little confusing. We may not understand exactly what is happening. So here’s what you need to know.

WHEN DOES IT START?
Most girls see their period between ages 10 – 12. Some get it much later even as late as age 16.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
For most of us 3-5 days. But it can last as long as 7 days. If your period lasts longer than this you should see a doctor or tell a trusted adult as this is could be sign of something wrong.

WHY THE PAIN?
Every month your body gets ready to carry a child.
It does this by thickening the walls of your uterus.
Then it releases an egg. When the egg is not fertilized, that lining sheds.
This is what causes the bleeding.
The pain comes because sometimes your uterus contracts when it sheds the lining.
It is absolutely normal to experience some pain.

HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THE PAIN?
You can try exercise. A gentle walk sometimes works. Hot drinks, like milk, can also help You can also take a warm bath or put a warm towel on the hurting area,. Try lying down for a while. For some girls the pain is so bad, it stop them from doing everyday activities. If this is case, you can visit a clinic to get medication.

CAN I GET PREGNANT DURING MY PERIOD?
Yes, you can totally get pregnant. It is possible to experience ovulation before or even during period. If a sperm comes in contact with an egg at a time like this you can get pregnant.

CAN MY PERIOD CAUSE A SHORTAGE OF BLOOD?
A normal period is around 3 table spoons of blood. That’s not enough blood to put you in any danger.

DOES MY PERIOD PREVENT ME FROM CARRYING DOING NORMAL ACTIVITIES?
The answer is no. Your period is not an illness. When it comes you can still do the normal things you enjoy doing. Go to school, go to the market, ride a bicycle, run, jump, even dance.

DOES MY PERIOD MAKE ME UNCLEAN?
Your period is absolutely normal. Every girl experiences it. Some religious and cultural believes exempt girls from participating in certain activities during their period. However, this doesn’t make you unclean. It is not something to be embarrassed about.

Do you have other questions about your period? Ask us in the comments section.

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Anonymous

how can I know when next to expect my period

3 months, 3 weeks ago
SUNSHINE

pls how can I count my period cycle like how can I know when to expect the next

3 months, 3 weeks ago
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