How does a period happen?

A period doesn't happen just because you want it to. As your body mature, it has this amazing ability to produce a number of different hormones to trigger the onset of period.Once you enter puberty, the ovaries will release chemicals called hormones that signal the release of an egg every month. Yup, women have eggs! This is called ovulation and it happens every 2 weeks before a period begins. The egg travels along the Fallopian tube and down to the uterus (which is the womb), where it waits to be fertilised. Hormones also trigger the lining of the womb to thicken with blood to protect the egg. However, if the egg isn’t fertilised, production of the hormones will stop and the lining of the womb breaks down where it will flow out from the body through the vagina. Hey presto, a period starts.

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