A tricky topic, often brushed off red-faced and with a lowered gaze by men around the world. But, hey it’s all natural and it’s good to be informed about exactly what is going on down there! So, for all those men still pondering the mystery that is the female reproductive system here are your questions answered.
When do girls first get them and when do they stop?
Most often girls will start their period around or after they start puberty. This can range from 11-14 on average.
How often do you get them and for how long?
Each period runs on a cycle of 28 days (on average, however it can be from every 21 to 34 days) and they occur at the end of this ‘cycle’ for anywhere between 3-7 days.
Where is the blood coming from and is it the same as if you cut your finger?
The lining of the uterus is shed, causing bleeding (this is what comes out) and it is rich with blood so the color of the menstrual flow can be pink, red, or brown and thick, lumpy, or runny. It’s usually a lot thicker than when you cut your finger.
How much blood is lost?
An entire menstrual period usually releases less than half a cup of blood, including clots, although for some girls it may feel like more. The flow will be light on some days and heavier on others.
Can you control when it comes out and how often does it happen a day?
The blood will flow constantly for the duration of your period and no, sadly there is no way to hold it in.
How do tampons work?
When you insert the tampon into your vagina the cotton will expand to the right size so that nothing can get out. The tampon then absorbs all the blood and when it is full (normally within 3-8 hours) you take it out and apply a new one.
Do tampons hurt and can you feel them inside you?
Nope to both as long as you insert them correctly.
What symptoms do you get?
- Feeling bloated and heavy.
- Cramping pains around the lower abdomen, in the legs or sometimes in the lower back.
- Getting more pimples than usual.
- Feeling tense, irritable, sensitive, emotional, tired.
- Breasts becoming a little bigger and tender.
- Hair becoming more greasy.
What is menopause?
When a woman’s body naturally stops producing hormones in her 40s and 50s. Fun fact about menopause: the only female mammals to go through it are in fact humpback whales, elephants and humans.
Do all women wear tampons?
Nope, you can use tampons, pads, panty liners or menstrual cups such as these which are in fact a whole lot better for women’s health and the environment!
Can women get pregnant while on their period?
Sperm can live inside a woman for 2, 3 and up to 5 days. You could have sex towards the end of the bleeding and then actually conceive 4 or 5 days later with early ovulation. The probabilities of getting pregnant while on your period are low, but the possibilities are there.
Also make sure to check out this funny, yet informative video from BuzzFeed of men explaining periods…