Menstruation 101A crash course on everything you need toknow about “Aunt Flo”
What is menstruation??The process of shedding the lining of the uterus (endometrium) This is the body’s way of preparing the female for pregnancy each month When fertilization does not occur, the uterine lining is not needed because there is no pregnancy. Therefore the lining sheds
Menstrual Cycle The average is 28 days, but ranges from 21-35 days Days 1-5 are when a female has her period After the period, an ovum is matured in the ovary The uterine lining builds up blood and tissue The mature ovum is released If fertilized, it attaches to the uterine lining If not fertilized, lining breaks down & there’s another period
How to create yourmenstrual cycle: Use info in book, pg 25 You can make a pie chart, calendar, graph, etc to represent the menstrual cycle Use an average 28 day cycle. Include: Days 1-5 Days 6-11 Days 12-16 Days 17-28
Days to RememberDays:1-5 -Menstruation/bleeding occurs; uterine lining sheds6-11 -Levels of estrogen rise -Uterine lining thickens (becomes sponge-like)8-18 -Days MOST likely to get pregnant12-16 -Ovulation: egg cell is released from ovary17-28 -Progesterone levels rise to prepare for implantation of egg19-28 -Days LEAST likely to get pregnant25 -Hormone levels drop if egg is not fertilized; triggers next menstrual cycle
Menstruation FactWant to relieve your period cramps?Regular exercise can help when aheating pad doesnt do the trick.Physical activity can give you moreenergy, reduce cramps, and help youfeel better.