What is menstruation? Know more about period issues.

Menstruation is a vaginal bleeding occurs every month to a woman. It is also known as Menses, Menstrual period or simply Period. It sounds very comfy and normal like other excretion processes in the body, but it is simply not. Though period occurs once in a month brings blunder in woman’s life for those on an average for five days.

One wrong notion you might have observed hereabouts that menstruation and menstrual cycle is the same. It is a wrong notion many women perceive. ‘Menstruation’ is the most visible phase of the menstrual cycle (which is around 21 to 45 days in young women whereas 21 to 31 days in adults).

What is Menstruation?

Every month woman’s body prepares itself fertile but, if no pregnancy occurs there is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue (also known as menses) from inner linings of the uterus through the vagina. This menstrual blood is a combination of blood and tissue from inside the uterus or womb.

There is a bit of controversy in relates to the average age of menarche (first occurrence of menstruation). But, 11 years to 15 years is the accepted average age at most and it lasts until the age of 51. Every month bleeding lasts around two to seven days.

Health effects of Periods

The period lasts for two to seven days but its health effects start quite a before and continue to exist during menstruation also. Various physical changes occur during the menstrual cycle occurs for a month or more.

There are different phases of this menstrual cycle and the most important and visible is menstruation. The physical and emotional changes before and during menstruation are irregular and dissimilar in different females.

Some common health effects are:

  • A severe or a mild headache and fatigue
  • Bloated breasts
  • Breasts sore
  • Nausea
  • Waist or lower back pain
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings
  • Abdominal and Pelvic cramping pain

All the above effects do not occur in every woman but some may be investigated with these symptoms. It does not only bring physical changes but everyday activities get ruined.

Try these 8 foods to fight fatigue during your periods.


Getting periods once a month is natural but we can ward off this severe pain and other symptoms which are no less than a severe disease.

Do you know THREE out of FOUR women experience menstrual pains, and every ONE out of TEN women experiences severe cramps? Some home remedies will certainly help to provide relief.

A healthy diet, regular exercise, cut down your salt consumption and reduction in your caffeine and alcohol intake can help you manage these symptoms.

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