How a period works
1. An egg grows inside the ovary.
An egg, the seed of new life, grows inside either of the ovaries almost every month. New membrane linings start to form inside the uterus in preparation for receiving a fertilized egg.
2.When the egg matures, it leaves the ovary.
The mature egg leaves the ovary. This process is called ovulation. The egg passes through the fallopian tube.
3. The membrane lining of the uterus thickens.
The membrane lining of the uterus wall thickens to serve as a soft cushion for the egg. In preparation for the egg's arrival, the uterus wall will store enough blood needed for an egg to grow into a baby.
4. Membrane lining sheds and is discharged from the body.
If the egg does not meet a sperm (i.e. it doesn't get fertilized), the lining has no purpose, so it is shed and discharged from the body along with blood (menstrual blood). This is a period.
I see there is a lot going on inside my body every month. I now know that I must take extra good care of my body especially since I can't see what's going on inside. Okay, so after I get my first period, what happens next? Will I lose a lot of blood? Will it last for a long time? I want to know more about periods!