July 28, 2015

Menstrual Cycle 101

4Do you know that the average Filipina experiences her first period at 12 years old? However, due to a variety of factors in the environment, stress and diet, girls are getting it earlier than ever – the earliest recorded is at 7 years old!

But why do we women have our monthly period? Well, for all the young ladies, having your period signifies that your body is ready to get pregnant. We usually, every month, that’s why we call it the Menstrual Cycle.

The Menstrual Cycle usually lasts for 24 to 28 days, and indicates the series of changes that our body goes through to prepare for a pregnancy. Once a month, the uterus grows a new lining, called the endometrium, to get ready for a fertilized egg cell. If there is no fertilized egg to start a pregnancy, the uterus sheds the lining, thus we experience menstrual bleeding.

Our period usually lasts for 5 days, however it may also vary from person to person. To learn more about how to count the days of your cycle see the diagram below.

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