Menstruation (also termed period or bleeding) is the process in a woman of discharging (through the vagina) blood and other materials from the lining of the uterus at about 28-day intervals. The process occurs from puberty until menopause (ceasing of regular menstrual cycles), except during pregnancy. This bleeding lasts about 3-5 days.
Women typically experience other symptoms along with menstrual bleeding. These associated signs and symptoms can include
- acne or skin breakouts,
- breast tenderness,
- abdominal cramps,
- constipation, or
Women may also experience
- depression, or
- mood swings during or prior to the menstrual period.
Cause of menstruation
Menstruation is a result of the hormonal changes that take place during the menstrual cycle that results in ovulation.
Other menstruation symptoms and signs
- Abdominal Cramps
- Acne or Skin Breakouts
- Breast Tenderness
- Mood Swings During or Prior to the Menstrual Period
Main Article on Menstruation Symptoms and Signs
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