By the end of your menstrual cycle usually the thickened uterine lining and extra blood are shed through
the vaginal canal. Duration and intensity of the menstruation may not be the same every month, every
season and it may not be the same as other girls and women's periods. Intensity of the periods can be
light, moderate, or heavy, and the length of the periods also varies. In general, most periods last from
three to five days, sometimes from two to seven days which is also normal. At the beginning (age 11-15)
during first few years after menstruation begins you could have longer cycles. Duration of the
menstruation tends to shorten and become more regular with age.
Menstruation is the shedding of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) accompanied by bleeding. It occurs every month at the end of
your menstrual cycle. Menstruation is coming very regularly throughout a woman's reproductive life, except during pregnancy and during
some diseases and treatments. Menstruation starts during puberty (at menarche) and stops permanently at menopause.
If you have very intensive menstruation or pretty rare and poor menstruation – better meet your doctor for advice.
If your cycle is 28-day cycle, the first day of bleeding should be considered as a first day of the cycle. It is
important to remember because in many cases (disturbances, pregnancy, contraception use, etc.) the
first day of the cycle is usually the start of calculations (for you and for medical staff).
Normal menstrual flow lasts about 4 days, produces a total blood loss of 30 to 80 ml (about 2 to 8 tablespoons), and occurs normally every 28 days (plus or minus 7 days).
Important to know