What are periods and who gets them? 

Periods, or menstruation, is a monthly cycle that girls experience from as early as 8 years old. When most people refer to menstruation, they are usually talking about the bleeding that takes place typically every 28 days. The menstruation cycle is a full process over the typical 28 day period and is an important part of fertility.

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“Every month, your womb or uterus (which is the space where a foetus (baby) develops) builds up its lining in order to prepare for getting pregnant. This lining, mostly made up of blood, is what is shed when your period starts. This is why your periods stop when you become pregnant – the womb lining is used to provide nutrients to the growing foetus, instead.

A women’s ovaries release an egg (sometimes two) around 14 days after the first day of her period, or 10-16 days before the start of her next period. The egg travels down the fallopian tubes, which connect the ovaries to the womb. Once released, the egg lives for around 24 hours. If it is not fertilised, it is shed via a period, along with the womb lining.”   


Tracking your period

If you get periods, it is not only helpful to track your cycle to know what days of the month to expect your period, but it is also important to keep track if you are sexually active.

You can do this by keeping a note in your own personal calendar or diary, or there are apps you can download to keep track for you.

Most people will get their period every 28 days, but this can vary. Some people get irregular periods and they can’t predict when they will next have one. There are a number of factors which can contribute to this, including: stress, if you have been unwell, if you have changed contraception or for your first few periods. Everyone is different and it’s important to know your own body.

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Here at The Corner, we provide tampons, period pads, reusable period pads and menstrual cups. Please contact us if you would like to pick up some of these products or would like more advice about your own periods.

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