What Exactly Does It Mean to Go Through Menstruation?

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By Hot Health December 21, 2016 20:22
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What Exactly Does It Mean to Go Through Menstruation?

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What is Menstruation?

Every female is familiar with the word menstruation and have a love or hate relationship with it (or a combination of both) In medical terms, menstruation is the regular release of blood and mucus tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. In layman terms, menstruation is the visible part of the menstrual cycle that processes itself in the body every month. A menstrual cycle is counted from the day of bleeding from the first day of one period to the first day of another period. Menstruation marks the reproductive years in a woman’s life. The beginning of menses in a woman is called the menarche while the end of menses is known as menopause.

Having a regular and healthy menstrual cycle is important for the overall health of a woman. It is, therefore, important for every woman to understand what a menstrual cycle is and how to detect if their menstrual cycle is irregular.

The bleeding of the inner lining of the uterus that women experience every month occurs as a 25 to 30 day process of preparing the body for pregnancy comes to an end. The typical duration of a woman’s period is 3 to 7 days.

What are some common symptoms of regular menstruation cycle?

A regular, rather normal, menstrual cycle is accompanied by a blood flow from vagina for anywhere between 3 to 7 days with a vaginal discharge in the middle of the cycle. Regular cramps, breast tenderness, bloating, a change in body odor and mood swings are common among women. In a period of few years, women can learn the way their bodies behave during or near the menstrual cycle to anticipate their period.

Menstrual cramps are perhaps the most common symptom that occur in women throughout the world. However, cramps can be serious when they fail to disappear after the intake of over the counter medicines. The common places where menstrual cramps are experienced include lower back, upper thighs and lower abdomen.

The blood flow varies from woman to woman. It can be light/mild, moderate or heavy. The intensity of the blood flow depends on the thickness of the inner lining of the uterus. It is common to witness a fluctuation in the intensity of the blood flow from month to month.

Vaginal discharge, which usually occurs in the middle of the cycle, may become the cause for different kinds of bacterial infections, unpleasant odor, painful urination and itching and irritation in and around the vagina. The infections caused in the vagina are called vaginosis. In case there is a vaginal infection at work, the vaginal discharge can be milky white or grey. Another common infection is yeast. Approximately 75% of women develop a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. In case of a yeast infection, the vaginal discharge is white with a cottage cheese consistency. Yeast infections result from hormonal changes, diabetes, and overweight, side-effects of antibiotics, tight-fitted clothing and prolonged wear of wet bathing suits/clothes.

Though the female reproductive organ participates in a self-cleaning process, it is important for women to take necessary steps to enhance the cleaning process of the vagina. One of the most important things to remember is to use mild soap to clean the vagina while bathing and otherwise. Other everyday things that women can do include wearing light-fitted cotton clothing and avoiding the use of fragrant sprays and soaps.

Irregular menstrual cycles, sometime, lead to a condition called amenorrhea which refers to the absence of menstruation. A woman should begin menstruating by the age of 16 failing which she should consult a doctor. This condition also occurs in secondary form where women who were menstruating regularly cease to menstruate for at least 3 cycles. Potential causes for secondary amenorrhea include stress, eating disorder, excessive weight loss and pregnancy.

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By Hot Health December 21, 2016 20:22
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