How much do YOU know about periods? Here are three things you should know about what we go through every month.
- Ovulation: This is the state where a woman is most fertile and the start of an egg’s journey from the fallopian tube to the uterus. The egg is fertile in the uterus for 12-24 hours, but since sperm can live for several days having sex in the days before ovulation can result in pregnancy.
- PMS: After ovulation women sometimes experience physical or emotional symptoms as hormones shift. This is called PMS or premenstrual syndrome and it usually occurs at some point during the seven to ten days before menstruation. Different people experience PMS differently, but common symptoms include irritability, sensitivity, increased fatigue, or bloating.
- Period: If the egg doesn’t get fertilized during ovulation then about 14 days later the uterus will begin to shed the lining that was built up in case the egg was fertilized. This shedding is a period. Some may experience cramps as the muscles of the uterus contract. During a menstrual bleeding it will shed around 1 to 6 tbsp.
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