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By the end of your menstrual cycle usually the thickened uterine lining and extra blood are shed through the vaginal canal. Duration and intensity of the menstruation may not be the same every month, every season and it may not be the same as other girls and women’s periods.

Intensity of the periods can be light, moderate, or heavy, and the length of the periods also varies. In general, most periods last from three to five days, sometimes from two to seven days which is also normal. At the beginning (age 11-15) during first few years after menstruation begins you could have longer cycles. Duration of monthly periods tend to shorten and become more regular with age.

Menstruation is the shedding of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) accompanied by bleeding. It occurs every month at the end of your menstrual cycle. Monthly period is coming very regularly throughout a woman’s reproductive life, except during pregnancy and during some diseases and treatments. Menstruation starts during puberty (at menarche) and stops permanently at menopause. If you have very intensive menstruation or pretty rare and poor menstruation – better meet your doctor for advice.


If your cycle is 28-day cycle, the first day of bleeding should be considered as a first day of the cycle. It is important to remember because in many cases (disturbances, pregnancy, contraception use, etc.) the first day of the cycle is usually the start of calculations (for you and for medical staff).

Normal menstrual flow lasts about 4 days, produces a total blood loss of 30 to 80 ml (about 2 to 8 tablespoons), and occurs normally every 28 days (plus or minus 7 days).

Normal menstrual cycle is always regular
Normal duration of the menstrual cycle is 24-37 days
Normal duration of the period is 3-7 days


Important to know about period (menstruation)

Menstruation is the bleeding coming from uterus (mainly from endometrium) and it comes out through cervix and vagina.

Different menstrual products can be used during menstruation (pads, tampons, cups, etc.)

Many girls and women are experiencing menstrual cramps. Discover causes of the menstrual cramps, medical treatment for menstrual cramps and natural remedies for menstrual cramps in following pages.

If you are using contraceptive pills, your menstruation will be very regular but could be pretty poor.

If you are planning unprotected sex during menstruation -better read more in following page


Reproductive organs – menstruation

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