A period is the lining of the uterus being shed out of your body. The uterus is inside the vagina. That's why you were bleeding. And every month for 5-7 days, the lining sheds.
Oh sweetie! Of course your not dying! Your just going through puberty! You just got your period! Congrats!
Eww that's gross. Does it hurt?
A little bit. Some women have cramps and sore breasts but maybe you won't!
I hope not! But what else goes on in a period?
Woah! Cool! I want a baby girl when I grow up.
In a period, an egg comes out when your bleeding but you won't feel it. It's the size a grain of salt. The egg is also called an ova and ovas come from the ovary. There are 2 ovaries, one on the left and one on the right. The ovas are stored in there until your period comes.
Your period is called the menstrual cycle. There are 28 days in total and there are 4 different phases. These phases are the menstrual phase, the follicular phase, ovulation, and the luteal phase.
During these phases and days, your body undergoes many different things. The whole purpose of your period is so that one day, you can have a baby too.
Wowie. What happens during the phases and days?
Interesting! What's the next stage again?
During this stage, your hormones start growing fluid filled sacs called follicles and one follicle will continue to grow and mature. These follicles grow into eggs or ovas.
I'm glad you asked! The first phase is the menstruation phase, that's your regular period from 5-7 days. The lining of the uterus is shedding and on the first 2 days, your flow may be very heavy. On the 2nd to 3rd day, you get all those cramps and symptoms.
The next stage is the follicular stage. In this stage, that's when the ovas grow. It starts around the 6th-7th day and ends around the 13th-14th day.
From day 4-5, you'll be getting spotting in your blood flow and blood clots too. That's because the lining is almost done shedding. It might come out dark too. On days 5-7, your period should be pretty much done and the next stage is coming.
When you go into the birth, the cervix, which is what the baby has to go through to get to the vagina, has to dialate 10 cm. Once it gets to 10 cm, the baby pushes through the vagina and out the vaginal opeing and the baby is born. If it isn't fertilized, the lining of the uterus will start to break back down getting ready fro the menstrual cycle to start again. Now, the hormones start to cause normal period symptoms letting you know the period is about to start. You will most likely have PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) which is just all the symptoms. And that's the menstrual cycle! Any questions?
Wow. Our bodies go through so much! What's next?
No questions! But thanks for teaching me about my period. Now, can we go gets some food? I'm craving starbucks!
As the follicular stage goes on the lining slowly starts to grow back. Now the next stage is ovulation. It starts around day 14 and ends around day 15. This stage is only about 1-2 days long because an egg gets released and it travels through the Fallopian tube which is a passage to get to the uterus to get fertilized.
If the egg isn't fertilized it will unfortunately die. Lastly, the final stage is the luteul stage. It starts on day 16 and ends around day 27-28. In this phase, if the egg from ovulation got fertilized, the body produces progesterone to support the pregnancy. If the pregnancy does happen, the ova grows in the uterus for 9 months.