Your Period

Once a month or so, the female body goes through a menstrual cycle, which is the body’s way of preparing itself for a possible pregnancy.

A female’s cycle is the length of time it takes her body to go through the process of releasing an egg, preparing the uterus to cushion a fertilized egg, and then shedding the thickened lining and the unfertilized egg through vaginal bleeding.

The ‘period’ itself is one part of the female cycle. The medical term for getting your period is menstruation or “menses”. Your hormone system controls your menstrual cycle. The changes in your body (including cramps, moodiness, and your period) are brought on by changes in the levels of hormones that are circulating through your system.