Menstruation. What are periods?. Brainstorm what we think we know about periods:. Mum. DAUGHTER. SISTER. wife. Girlfriend. Why do girls get periods?. G etting your period means that your body has prepared itself to be able to hold a fertilised egg, enabling you to make a baby. .
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Brainstorm what we think we know about periods:
Because all females are different, a cycle can range from 21 to 35 days.
2-6 tbsp blood loss
Uterus sheds its lining
Drop in hormone levels
Egg travels down the fallopian tube
Uterus wall continues to thicken
An ovary releases an egg
Lining begins to break down
Period begins: Day 1-7
Uterus sheds its lining: Day 1-7
2-6 tbsp blood loss: Day 1-7
An ovary releases an egg: Day 8-14
Egg travels down the fallopian tube: Day 8-14
Uterus wall continues to thicken: Day 15-28
Lining begins to break down: Day 15-28
Drop in hormone levels: Day 15-28
Getting your first period can be quite a surprise.
Q: How will I know when I get my first period?
A: Usually, when you go to the toilet.
Q: What will I see ?
A: Dark colouring in your undies, menstrual blood.
Q: What colour is normal for menstrual blood ?
A: Anything from bright red to dark brown.
Q: How much menstrual blood is there ?
A: The amount differs for each woman.
Hint: The beginning of the period usually has heavier
bleeding and it gradually lightens up until it is finished.