What exactly happens when I have a period (menstruate?

A period occurs when the lining of the womb is shed. If the egg, which is usually released mid-cycle (day 14) from the ovary, does not become fertilized, the lining of the womb becomes thickened towards the end of the cycle (known as the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle). This usually means a few days of vaginal bleeding & cramps before things settle, and the lining of the womb then starts to build up again as the egg is prepared for release from the ovary (the follicular phase), and is released. If a pregnancy does not occur, the cycle recurs roughly every 28 days.
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