Menstruation Facts, Tips and Basic Information

Menstruation, or your “period”, as it’s often referred to, is a woman’s monthly bleeding. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus sheds its lining (also called endometrium). The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus, or womb. It passes out of the body through the vagina. Periods usually start around age 12 and continue until menopause, at about age 51 but they can start earlier. Most periods last from three to five days but some can continue on longer until up to eight days. If your period lasts longer then or there is something as brown discharge instead of a period that then there may be something wrong.


These are less embarrassing ways to refer to your period in the company of guys or friends:

  • P Plates
  • That Time of the month
  • Aunt Flo
  • The Curse
  • My visitor
  • The monthly
  • On The Rag
  • Surfing the crimson wave
  • And so forth.


  • If you have had a tampon in for more then 6 hours and you can suddenly feel it, you should change it, because this means it’s full. If you don’t change it, you’ll leak onto your underwear
  • When you push a tampon in on the first or second day, you are likely to get your hand covered in blood. You MUST wash your hands before and directly afterwards to prevent any diseases.
  • When you get your period, the only way other people can tell is if you divulge that information. Or if you bleed onto your pants, whichever comes first. But if you’re wearing a pad or tampon, then that shouldn’t happen.
  • Never flush a tampon or pad down the toilet. Tampons are designed to absorb fluid. Really fast. The further down the pipes they get, the more they expand until finally, they block them. You do NOT want to be explaining a tampon to your mother, brother, father or a plumber as they try to unblock the pipes. Same problem with the pads; they are bulky and will block the pipes. More often then not, they’ll end up stuck in the pipes and you’ll end up red-faced.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot go swimming with a tampon in. You can and the cold water will actually momentarily stop your menstrual flow. This doesn’t mean you can swim without a tampon though, so be prepared.
  • Many people will tell you the best ways to cope are to exercise, cut out all caffeine, don’t eat too much sugar and eat healthily. This is a load of rubbish. You can do all of these but it won’t ease your menstrual cramps much, trust me, I tried it and it doesn’t work. The best thing you can do is relax on the lounge with a heat pack or hot water bottle against your stomach. Its pure bliss and works better then painkillers. Also getting some chocolate and letting it melt in your mouth has great effects to. It releases endorphins in your brain that give you the feeling of being in love (Which ISN’T a coincidence) and letting the chocolate melt provides a lasting feeling of sheer bliss.
  • If you can feel the tampon then it isn’t in right and you should pull it out and put it back in right. If you start to feel weird, then you haven’t inserted it right and you’ll have to try again.
  • During your period your vagina will start to itch and you may feel uncomfortable sitting down. This is because during menstruation, there is extra blood flowing around your vagina.
  • You should change pads or tampons every few hours to avoid infection. For instance, change pads every 3-4 hours and tampons every 6-8 hours (Unless it has overflowed, in which case change it immediately)
  • If you leave a tampon in for more then 8 hours, you will run the risk of contracting
  • If you want to you can make a period planner so as to avoid those embarrassing “accidents”. On the first day of your period, write down the date and skip five days ahead. Then write that date down e.g. 8th of January to the 13th of January. You can vary it to suit your own cycle by adding or taking away days. The best thing you can do is to use little love hearts or butterflies etc. on your calendar so nobody but you will know what you’re talking about.

Your uterus is roughly the size of your fist but when you have your period; your uterus contracts to release the menstrual blood. This causes that uncomfortable cramping sensation in your lower abdomen. It normally passes after a day or two and can pass extremely fast if you have the heat pack or hot water bottle against your stomach. Trust me, it does wonders.

Well that’s it for now; I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Which is a lot; I was bored and had nothing else to do. And I had the typical sore stomach associated with periods. So, the end product is this.I’d like to thank my three wonderful PDHPE teachers for giving me this information. Well, not directly, but they taught it all to me. Mrs Gallen, Mr. Henry and, last but certainly not least, Miss McCann. I owe you guys.