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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Basic Info About Our Menses
During each cycle, the lining of the inside of your uterus (womb) gets
thicker, so that if the egg (ovum), which is released from your ovary each
cycle, is fertilised by a sperm, the uterus is ready to provide a place for the
baby to grow.
A period is when the lining separates from the rest of the uterus because it
is not needed for this egg to grow. The old lining is 'lost' and the uterus gets
ready to make a new lining for the next egg.
The 'loss' is mostly blood, which can be bright red, dark red or dark brown,
and sometimes has some clots (dark lumps of blood) in it.
It is a good idea to keep track of when your period is due, maybe on a calendar
or in your diary.
On average, a cycle lasts about 28 days, but it’s quite normal to have a shorter
or longer cycle. So your cycle will probably be normal for you even if it is 21
days long, or 35 days!
As soon as one period finishes, the lining of the uterus starts to grow
again and becomes thicker ready for another egg (ovum). It continues to get
thicker until a couple of days before the next period starts (unless the ovum
has been fertilised and the woman is pregnant).
About 12-16 days before your next period, an egg is released from
your ovary. This is called ovulation.
The loss is mostly blood, but also contains some mucus and other tissues from
the lining of the uterus.