Your period is one phase of your menstrual cycle, but it’s probably the most discussed and is likely to be the most impactful on a person's health. Your period is the first part (one phase) of your menstrual cycle –where you actively bleed from your uterus into your vagina and out of your body. It prepares your body for the three other phases. A period is the lining that comes out of your womb, usually every 26-28 days as visible blood (that you might see in a pad or your pants). This happens to keep your body clean and hygienic and ensure the most hospitable environment for pregnancy.
Although periods and the menstrual cycle impact mostly those who identify as women and girls, everyone who was born a biological female (born with a uterus, cervix, vagina and female reproductive hormones) usually will experience a period. However, it is important to know that some people who have these body parts might not have a period because of a health condition, a medical treatment or they are older and have gone through menopause Some people have periods and might possess biologically female body parts, but do not think of themselves as female.
Periods are normal. Over half of the world population experience them. Having a period does not mean you are hurt or injured and it is normal to have lots of questions and want to know how they work.