What Is Menstruation


What Is Menstruation?

Menstruation is found only in females. Its short form is MC. Menstruation is the sign of puberty in girls. It is believed that the girl is becoming a woman once she starts with the menstruation cycle. It starts at the age of 13-14 years and continues till 45-50 years. This is average rating. It may vary woman to woman.

mensturation cycle

Menstruation is the periodic discharge of blood and mucous tissue from the uterus and vagina. It lasts for 4-5 days ideally. Some have it for a week also. Blood flow is very high for the first two days. Then it becomes less. Girls also feel pain during periods. They may have stomach pain. They feel weakness. Some mental changes also occur during this period. Women may feel restless. Girls gain their sexual maturity once they start menstruating. Menstrual cycle is of 28-30 days on an average. Women stop menstruating only when they are carrying and later on for few months more after delivery. Normally this cycle continues till the menopause. Menopause is when woman does not get her periods anymore. This is again a tough phase in every woman’s life. She becomes sexually less active after menopause and cannot even conceive anymore.

A normal menstrual cycle in elderly ladies is from 21-35 days randomly. It varies woman to woman. Women are not suggested to have sex during menstrual days. Neither they have any energy remained nor it is hygienic. Actually lining of the uterus or womb is shed out and due to this blood comes out through cervix from the uterus. This periodic cycle is controlled by the hormone named Progesterone. Ladies use sanitary napkins during this period to soak blood. In market you will get sanitary napkins of many brands like Whisper, Carefree etc. Previously before some 20 years around ladies were using soft dark colored cloth sheets for this. They used to wash it and reuse it. But it was not a hygienic way. You can keep a soft cloth below the sanitary napkin to avoid rashes. You need to change the napkin on a regular basis depending on the blood flow.

Menstruation is also known as menses. A girl can become mother once she starts with the menstruation cycle in her body. Menstruation is found among humans and similar animals like primates. The word ‘menstruation’ is originated from French word ‘menstrual’ which means having monthly courses. It is the sign that a girl is becoming a woman. It will occur when all the parts which make up a girl’s reproductive system are matured and working together. Generally a girl who is overweight is likely to start menstruating early.

On an average 5-12 table spoons blood flows during one period. If you experience heavy bleeding then you may take some doctor’s suggestion and go for some medication. Women may feel following symptoms during menstruation.

Sudden cramps



Back pain

Tender breasts



They do not feel like working at all. They have to go through lots of hormonal changes. Women even eat less during periods. It is little tough time for women.

Post by- Anshu Mundada

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