Menstrual Cycle

Your First Period

Are you a teen who just began menstruating for the very first time?  If so, you probably have some questions.  Take a look at our article on Menarche, which will explain what you can expect from your period as your body starts adjusting itself to a monthly cycle.

About Your Menstrual Cycle

A woman's reproductive system is very intricate.  Read about what happens during your menstrual cycle as well as when you ovulate.  Find out the answers to whether women have more than one fertile period during the month and read all about the fascinating lunar fertility cycle. 

Menstrual Suppression

With all of the physical pain that periods can cause, its no wonder some women wish they could skip their period all together.  Now new types of birth control are available that give women this opportunity.  But is it all that its cracked up to be?  Take a look at debating menstrual suppression and decide for yourself. 

Charting Your Menstrual Cycle

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or want to avoid pregnancy, charting your period is helpful.  A menstrual chart will indicate when you can expect to ovulate so you'll know when you are the most fertile.  Keeping a chart is especially helpful for women with diabetes, since there is a link between the menstrual cycle and blood glucose levels.  Learn what you can do to stay healthy during your period.    

Late, Missed Periods And Irregular Periods

Problems with the menstrual cycle are common but women get concerned if they have a late period.  Aside from being one of the first pregnancy symptoms, find out the reasons for a late period or a missed period.  If you find yourself wondering 'why is my period late,' then take a look at this helpful chart. 

Perhaps your periods aren't late but tend to be irregular.  Then you'll want to take a look at irregular periods, which outlines some of the causes why your period may not always arrive when it should.  Women who haven't had a period in over three months, though, may be experiencing amenorrhea, and possibly anovulation, and should make an appointment with their doctor for a check-up. 

Your Period And Sex

Another subject that many women have questions about when it comes to their periods but are often afraid to ask is sex.  Can you have sex when you are menstruating?  How likely are you to get pregnant?  What about catching STDs?  Is it safe?  Find out the answers you need to know in Periods and Sex: Q&A. 

Chat with other women about your questions regarding your menstrual cycle in our menstruation forum.

For more information also check out the government's women's health website on the menstrual cycle


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