A woman’s body generally goes through a series of changes in preparation for pregnancy; this is called the menstrual cycle.
The inner most lining of uterus grows in anticipation of fertilized egg and sheds if the egg is not fertilized by a sperm.
This shedding of endometrial lining is the menstrual bleeding or menstrual period that occurs monthly in women from early teenage years until about age fifty when they reach menopause. The usual length of a menstrual cycle is 28days.
The menstrual cycle starts on Day One of the bleeding to Day One of the next. On average, the cycle last for twenty-eight days, but it’s normal to have longer or shorter cycles. Girls normally start menstruating between ages eleven and fourteen.
Women tend to have fewer periods after the age of forty. The cycles are irregular during the two extremes of reproductive life; teen years and forties.
It is always best to consult a doctor when big changes are noticeable in the usual length of a menstrual cycle.
You should definitely talk to your doctor if your menstrual periods are occurring three or more times a month, the bleeding is very heavy, or lasting for longer than seven days.
It would also be a good idea to check with your doctor for any bleeding in between periods or pain in the pelvic that is not caused by your period.
Lower abdominal pain is one of the common symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, but you could experience others before or after or maybe none at all.
Here are some of the things which control a menstrual cycle:
A menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones. During each cycle, the pituitary and hypothalamus gland in the brain sends hormone signals to your ovaries. The signals will get the uterus and ovaries ready for pregnancy.
Estrogen and progesterone hormones play the major roles in the way how your uterus will change in every cycle. The estrogen will build up the uterus lining and progesterone will increase after an egg is released from the ovary during the middle of your cycle to assist the estrogen in keeping the uterine lining thick and well- ready for the fertilized egg.
The lining will break down if the progesterone level drops along with the estrogen. This would take place when your menstrual period starts.
Any change in the hormone levels can have an effect on your fertility or cycle. Teenagers and women in their forties might have heavier menstrual bleeding and a change in length of their cycles.
Some other things that can change the usual length of a menstrual cycle include low body fat, birth control pills, excess weight loss, too much weight, stress, and strenuous exercise.
When is the best time to test for pregnancy?
HI Michelle, with a home pregnancy test? First urine of the day, midstream.
Is it possible that i get pregnant ? My first day was December 11 2017 and it lasted 4 days and on the 5th day i had sex and during our sex im still bleeding is there any chances that im pregnant please answer me tnx.
Hello Cecille, kindly take a pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant.
Hi, pls I saw my period on the 19th of sept 17, I had unprotected sex on the 1 of october and took the morning after pill. My period came on the 6 of October and lasted 5 days. On the 29 of October I had unprotected sex again and took the morning after pill 12 hours later. Missed my period date for November. Please at what point did I get pregnant cause I don’t seem to understand how it happened?
Hello Gina, to determine when you got pregnant please use the below link: https://womanjunction.com/conception-calculator-find-your-conception-date/
Hello,I had an abortion and bled for 5 days. One week later I had sex with my boyfriend. Do u think I might get pregnant again?
Hello Adriana, once this was unprotected sex then yes.
I got my period last June 10-15, then July 1-5. It’s already august 2 today but still don’t have it. The pregnancy test kit result was negative. So whats going on? Can someone help me.
Hello ApplyCrepe, please test for pregnancy a week after missed period.
I got my period on Jan 16, 2017 and last until the Jan 20. Then on my ovulation day which was Jan 29 i started my period again and i been bleeding for 3 days like what is wrong with me?
Hello Susan, you did not mention if there were any changes in your sex life or anything related.
i had my last period on the 26 august 2016.is a five days periods.so guys I was using birth controls n stopped last year Nov.so guys sometimes the blood comes early sometimes late like now.I was suppose to be on periods startn from 23 sep but I’m still clean.
please I am seeing white discharge and still wait for my period to come today
Hi girls do you think it’s dangerous to have sex when I am on my period. I had sex on the six day of my period
Hi my last day of my period was June the 14 it lasted seven days. when should I get my next period?
please use the period calculator at this page: http://womanjunction.com/
Hi, I have my period on 10th of March until the 16th of March. I have unprotected sex and withdrawal sex after 2 days of my period. Until now my period has not yet come. I have done a pregnant test on the 10th of May, and details scan on the 4th of may. Is negative not pregnant? Why is so late my period not yet come?
If a pregnancy test is negative, then you’re not pregnant. Your period may be late because of stress, fatigue or hormonal issues.
so last month I didn’t get my period and I got it April 10 now when is my next period?
I got my period January 17-23. Then I got my period again Feb 1 and it should last until the 7. I never got my period nine days after my last one. What does that mean??
Hello,Maybe your cycle is changing sometimes a woman’s period can get shorter or longer.
Hi,You are on the right track already by taking folic acid,There is not much you can do now but have sex regularly or talk to your doctor about other options.
Hi, I want to get pregnant again. I’m 41 years old and my period take me long cycles for 10 days ! I had been trying to get pregnant since 4 months and what can I do? I have take folic acid with DHA. Need other pills or what? Thanks