The Menstrual Period 02

Now, almost all schools have sanitary napkins or tampons available right in the girl's washroom and most teens are prepared ahead of time by either their parents or health teachers.

A lot of girls also carry some sanitary protection in their purses at all times, so that they are ready when it happens. Even while the welcoming committee or the endometrium is discarding its unused blood and spongy material, another ovum is getting ready to break off the ovary and when it does, a new lining starts building in the uterus for its arrival. This whole process takes approximately one month, or anywhere from every 21 to 35 days to complete the whole cycle, the average being 28.

A girl's average period can last anywhere from two to seven days, and her body will discard anywhere from a tablespoon to a cup of the unused lining and blood.

Of course, once your body has matured enough to start producing eggs and you've had your first period, don't count on having a regular period every 28 days from then on. Most girls will get their first period, and then maybe not get another one for six months. Some suddenly get another period in two weeks. The point is, it often takes two or three years for your body to settle down into a pattern while you are still going through puberty. Even after that, some girls are never regular.

Only your body knows when it's time to start menstruating. Girls as young as eight have started, while some girls are sixteen before they have their first period. For most girls, the first period occurs between the ages of eleven and fourteen. Once you have had your first period, you are physically capable of getting pregnant.


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