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Your period – menstruation – is the bloody part. Some women suffer far more than others, with some women hardly noticing their periods, while others are in bed for a week every cycle.

You bleed cyclically because of a hormonal interchange that causes a cascade of events that you can’t see, but you can sometimes feel. You may notice your temperament changes near or at your period; you may feel your egg pop out of your ovary wall with a pinch mid-cycle; or you may notice your sexual desire increasing and decreasing. These are all normal changes in your body and mind due to hormones.

This section deals with the actual bleeding part – the period – but other sections will explain the rest of your cycle in more detail.


What is free bleeding?

Free bleeding is a term used to describe a lack of impediment of menstrual blood – a pad, tampon or menstrual cup – out of the body and into your clothes (or cool period undies!).

Aunt Vadge: why did I bleed a few days before my period was due?

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