Your period – menstruation – is the bloody part of your menstrual cycle. 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 (PMS); 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 at different times. These are all normal changes in your body and mind due to hormones, but sometimes they can get out of control and cause negative effects.
This section deals with the actual bleeding part – the period – but other sections will explain the rest of your cycle in more detail.
This is the medical name for no periods, but due to three specific causes – being too skinny, over-exercising, and stress.
An overview of how your vulva and vagina changes throughout your life, from being a newborn to old age.
We look over a study that figured out that girls with older sisters got their periods later than girls without.
Learn about breakthrough bleeding while you’re on the pill – why it happens and what you can do about it.
We explain why you are told to take a 7-day break from the contraceptive pill, ring or patch, and what withdrawal and breakthrough bleeding are.
Ever wondered how stress affects your hormones?
Understanding the difference between PMS and PMDD.
Secondary dysmenorrhoea is period pain caused by an underlying health condition, and is treated differently to regular period pain.
Pads and panty liners are an option for when you have your period to collect blood.
Period undies are changing the way we have periods.
Understanding the role of insulin in PCOS and how to manage it.
If you are skinny, smoke, eat too much fibre or over-exercise, you could be at risk of your periods stopping due to relative oestrogen deficiency.
Period pain can range from mild to excruciating. No matter the type of pain, we have treatments to try.
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!).
She isn’t sure if the bleeding she is experiencing is her period or was caused by her boyfriend’s penis.
We take a closer look at the nighttime formula for PMS by VH Essentials.
We discuss the product to see how it works.
A 25-year-old has a pinching feeling when inserting tampons. What is it?
Is she bleeding from a sex wound or from irregular periods? We discuss.
We examine a review of how childhood experiences impact menarche and menopause.
What to look at when periods don’t arrive on time.
She had a miscarriage and her bleeding has been all over the place since. What’s going on?
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Why she is or isn’t probably pregnant…
A 15-year-old is having trouble with tampons falling out. See how she can fix it.
Why can’t a tampon just fall right out? We explain.
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is usually a result of not ovulating, resulting in irregular bleeding.
We review the options for the causes of mid-cycle or unusual spotting and bleeding.
How to avoid grossing out the people you care about with your period.
A dry tampon pulled out has resulted in bleeding. Where is the blood coming from?
Adenomyosis is where your period cells (endometrium) end up trapped in the wall of your uterus.
Endometrial hyperplasia is the overgrowth of the ‘period-producing’ cells in your uterus.
We discuss the causes of heavy periods.
What do you do if seeing your period creeps you out?
Yanking out a tampon has caused urinary and vaginal pain at her next period. Why?
You gotta do what you gotta do.
Tampon sex has its pros and cons.
Tampons are thought to be pretty safe to use.
Tampons are being used as glowing beacons of pollution.
Dioxins are one of the ‘dirty dozen’ worst toxic pollutants.
What tampon absorbency ratings mean.
A short history of tampons.
A young lady is burning after being fingered during her period.
Does she have a short vagina or is she just doing it all wrong?
Get the guff on tampons and fingering gone wrong.
Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, deadly Staph infection that gets into the blood.
Tips and tricks for navigating periods: work smarter, not harder.
If you are new to tampons, follow this straightforward guide and get it right first time.
A list of possible causes why your period has stopped.
Postmenopausal women were studied to see if exercise reduced oestrogen levels, and thus breast cancer risks.
Menstrual cups work as a tampon or pad alternative: rinse and reuse it so you save money, reduce your impact on the environment and try something new.
Safe tips on how to get your lost tampon out.
Choosing the right lube for the job is important.
Tampons are convenient, but they can also have 4 deleterious effects.