A period is the piece of the feminine cycle when a lady drains from her vagina for a couple of days.

For most ladies this happens like clockwork or somewhere in the vicinity, yet it’s entirely expected for periods to be pretty much continuous than this, going from day 21 to day 40 of their monthly cycle.

Your period can last somewhere in the range of 3 and 8 days, yet it will normally keep going for around 5 days. The draining will in general be heaviest in the initial 2 days.

At the point when your period is at its heaviest, the blood will be red. On lighter days, it very well might be pink, earthy colored or dark.

You’ll lose around 30 to 72ml (5 to 12 teaspoons) of blood during your period, albeit a few ladies drain more vigorously than this.

When do periods begin?

Periods as a rule start at around the age of 12, albeit a few young ladies will begin them prior or later.

A deferral in beginning periods isn’t typically a reason for concern. Most young ladies will have normal periods by age 16 to 18.

Sanitary products

Sanitary products soak up or collect the blood released during your period.

The main types of sanitary products are:

  1. sanitary pads
  2. tampons
  3. menstrual cups


Sanitary pads are strips of padding that have a sticky side you attach to your underwear to hold them in place. One side of the pad is made of an absorbent material that soaks up the blood.

Pads come in many sizes, so you can choose one to suit how heavy or light your period is.

Pantyliners are a smaller and thinner type of sanitary pad that can be used on days when your period is very light.


Tampons are small tubes of cotton wool that you insert into your vagina to soak up the blood before it comes out of your body.

There are 2 types of tampon – ones that come with an applicator and others without an applicator that you insert with your fingers. In both cases, there’s a string at one end of the tampon, which you pull to remove it.

Tampons come with instructions that explain how to use them. If the tampon is inserted correctly, you should not be able to feel it inside you. If you can feel it or it hurts, it might not be in properly.

It is not possible for a tampon to get stuck or lost inside you. Your vagina holds it firmly in place and it expands inside you as it soaks up the blood.

Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are an alternative to sanitary pads and tampons. The cup is made from silicone and you put it inside your vagina.

Menstrual cups collect the blood rather than absorb it. Unlike sanitary pads and tampons, which are thrown away after they’ve been used, you can wash menstrual cups and and use them again.

PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

Changes in your body’s hormone levels before your period can cause physical and emotional changes.

This is known as PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or PMT (premenstrual tension).

There are many possible Symptoms of PMS, but typical symptoms include:

  • feeling bloated
  • breast tenderness
  • mood swings
  • feeling irritable
  • spotty skin or greasy hair
  • Loss of interest in sex

When do periods stop?

Your periods will proceed until you arrive at the menopause, which typically happens when you are in your late 40s to mid-50s. In the UK the normal period of menopause is 51.

Your periods may begin to turn out to be less regular over a couple of months or years prior to halting out and out. Now and again they can stop out of nowhere.