What’s A Period?

 

WHAT’S A PERIOD?

Your monthly bleeding is called menstruation or your “period.” Having your period means that your uterus (your womb) is shedding its lining. Blood and tissue flows from your uterus through your cervix and leaves the body through the vagina. Periods on average usually last 2-7 days. People usually have their periods from the age they start until they are in their 50s.

WHEN WILL I GET IT?

You usually get your period at 12-14 years old, but it varies from person to person. Some people get it anywhere as early as 8 or as late as 15.

WHY DO I HAVE A PERIOD?

When you reach puberty, there are many hormonal changes going on in the body. New hormones may be produced, some of which send signals to the body preparing it for pregnancy each month. One of these, the Luteneizing hormone, triggers the release of an egg from an ovary. At the same time, estrogen hormones grow your uterus lining thicker in anticipation of an egg. If you don’t have sex or use successful contraception, the egg isn’t fertilized and the tissue breaks down, resulting in a period.