Your First Period: Why Do I Have To Bleed Every Month!?
The first time you get a weird tingly feeling in your underwear, you rush straight to the closest toilet and wonder if you peed your pants.
But all you see is a red stain in your underwear and that’s when you start to hyper-ventilate.
“Why am I bleeding from there?”
“Is this normal?”
“Why doesn’t it stop?”
In times like these, it is important to take a deep breath and calm yourself down and remember this:
“Periods are normal, every girl goes through it. The bleeding makes me stronger and this process makes me a woman.”
You might think I’m crazy! How can bleeding make you stronger?
Well, I felt the same way until I did a little research on it. The very first time, I got my period, I thought I cut myself and needed to be hospitalised. Fortunately, I was at home. Unfortunately, the first thing I did was run to my dad and scream “Call 911 dad, I’m going to die!”
Back to answering the question on how bleeding can make you stronger, first you’ll need to understand why you bleed during your period, and why you have to bleed every month.
Why Do I Bleed?
Photo Credits: National Cancer Institute
For all of you who are new to Biology or have not learnt about your reproductive system, here are a few things you need to know.
The image above shows the female reproductive body parts – the Fallopian Tube, Ovary, Uterus, Endometrium, Crevix, Myometrium, and Vagina.
Inside your ovaries, contain immature eggs. During the reproductive years (after you hit puberty), these eggs develop throughout your menstrual cycle allowing ONE egg to develop completely to be mature.
During the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle, the mature egg enters your uterus.
The uterus then builds an additional layer of lining to support the egg and potential pregnancy (which can result from a sperm entering your uterus).
However, if the egg in your uterus is not fertilised within a few days (meaning when there are no sperms entering your uterus), then the thick uterus lining begins to shed. During your period, you will shed your uterus lining, causing both the lining and extra blood to escape through your vagina.This process causes you to bleed during your period every month.
Will I Bleed Every Month?
Yes. It is normal to bleed every month when you have your period.
However, it also depends on your menstrual cycle. Some girls get their periods every month, while other girls might get it after every 2-3 months. You need to understand that your period may not be the same every month and might differ in comparison to your friends, mum and sisters. The number of days you bleed also varies, as most periods last for approximately 2 to 7 days.
There might be times when you get light periods – where the blood that comes out of your vagina is very little. Then, there will also be other times, when your menstrual flow (blood exiting your vagina) is heavy. Fortunately, there’s a great invention to help with the blood, also known as the sanitary pad.
Sanitary pads, which are pasted on your underwear, help to absorb and collect the blood which is expelled by your body. (Think of it as a diaper.) Heavy blood flow would require you to change your sanitary pad more often than usual, which is typically every 4-6 hours.
How Can Bleeding Make You Stronger?
Well, you need to understand that you are getting rid of dirt in your body every month through menstruation. The additional uterus lining that sheds during your period helps to clear out the dirt in your uterus. Your body will also automatically get rid of all the dirt and toxins in your vagina and other reproductive organs. Therefore, through bleeding every month, your body is cleaning itself.
You also need to realise that when you hit puberty and start bleeding, it makes you a woman! It means, you are now bigger and stronger and can now be a mother and have babies. (That needs a lot of strength to do!)
Don’t be embarrassed about going through menstruation/period. It’s normal.
I understand that if it is your first time, things might get messy and you might still not understand what is happening.
So don’t worry, we are here for you. You can ask any questions you have, by commenting below or messaging us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d would love to answer all your questions 🙂
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