Ever hear an older girl or lady talking about her monthly period? Or maybe you’ve heard the word in a television ad?
Chances are, she’s not talking about the kind of period that goes at the end of a sentence.
That’s because women experience something called “menstruation,” the official word for a “period.” It is also referred to as “bleeding,” but bleeding during a period isn’t like bleeding from a cut. A period happens when a woman’s body sheds the inside lining of her uterus (the place where a baby would grow if she was pregnant). The lining of the uterus is made of tissue and blood. When it falls away from the uterus, it flows through the cervix and out the vagina.
Most grown-up women get their periods about once a month. Men don’t have a uterus, so men don’t ever get periods.