What's a period?
Let’s get back to basics today with Allona’s simple but important question:
What is a period?
A period is a sign that a girl is growing up or becoming a woman. In other words, a girl’s body is changing on the inside so that one day she could have a baby. Also called menstruation, a period is actually a period of a days when some blood is released through the vagina. You might say ew, gross! But it’s not so bad. And it happens to just about every older girl and woman. Pads or tampons will keep you comfortable and can prevent the menstrual flow from staining your underwear and clothes.
The blood is actually the shedding of the uterine lining, the lining of the uterus. The uterus is a reproductive organ inside a girl’s body. If a woman is going to have a baby, the lining stays put to help the fertilized egg (eventually a baby) grow. But if there's no growing fetus, or baby, there's no need for the lining.
For more information, check out All About Menstruation