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The Top Five FAQ’s About Periods - All You Need To Know:- Although a normal bodily function, period is surrounded by so many myths and misinformation. In our country, it is a taboo. Many girls are unaware about the process, even after getting their periods.
Rituals are followed during periods, in several parts of India and during those five to seven days the girls have to adhere to certain rules. It is important for girls as well as boys to understand what menstruation is. Sometimes, you have so many questions and do not know whom to ask, even though you understand the menstruation process. Between ages 10 and 15 years, most of the start to menstruate. Every girl's body has its own schedule, however, the average age is 12. There are some clues that menstruation will start soon, although there is no one right age for a girl to get her period.
We have some of the answers below to some of the most commonly asked questions about periods.
A) What Is A Period?
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A process that occurs in women, once in a month is called as the period or menstruation. The body prepares for a possible pregnancy, controlled by hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries produce eggs and one of your ovaries release an egg every month. The process is known as ovulation. To receive the egg for a possible pregnancy, the lining of your uterus thickens. Your body sheds the tissue lining of the uterus, which is no longer needed, when the egg is not fertilized.
It is called menstruation or menstrual bleeding, when the tissue, egg and mucus come out of the vagina. The menstrual bleeding usually lasts from two to seven days.
B) How Much Blood Is Lost During Menstruation And How Much Is Too Much?
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During the entire duration of the period, around a quarter cup of blood is lost. In the first few days, bleeding is more. As your body quickly replenishes it, you do not have to worry about the loss of blood.
It is difficult to say how much is too much, as bleeding is different in different women. If you need to change the pad or tampon every hour, you can say your bleeding is heavy. If you think you are having heavy bleeding, then it is advisable to consult your doctor immediately.
C) What Is PMS?
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A premenstrual syndrome is nothing but PMS. During their periods, it includes several emotional and physical disturbance experienced by women. It is also called premenstrual tension (PMT) and can happen to girls and women of any age. Bloating, sore nipples, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, stomach cramps and moodiness are some of the symptoms of PMS to be included.
D) Does The Period Blood Have A Smell?
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Usually, menstrual blood has the normal metallic odor of the blood. There will not be any odor, if you are using a tampon, as the blood gets absorbed inside your vagina. The blood will come in contact with the air and there will be a slight smell of the blood, in case you are using a pad.
To avoid the smell and to stay clean and healthy, all you have to do is change your tampons and pads frequently to avoid the smell and to stay clean and healthy.
E) Do You Have To Skip Exercise During Periods?
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No, you do not have to skip exercise due to periods. In fact, working out will ease menstrual pain and will keep you healthy. Make sure, before and after working out, you wear a new tampon or pad.