Why am I bleeding?

You would bleed when you are having your period. You don’t lose a lot of blood, even if it feels as though you do. You’ll actually only lose approximately 60 ml – a total of 6–8 teaspoons – during an entire period. At the start of the period, you might bleed lightly, a bit more in the middle, and then less again towards the end. But everyone’s body is different and the amount of blood varies.

At the start of the period, the blood is light and bright red. Towards the end it can become a little darker and more reddish-brown. This is completely normal and is simply because at the start of the period, the blood is new (like when you’ve just cut your finger), and at the end, the blood that hasn’t managed to run out yet is older (like when the finger has started to heal and the blood thickens and gets a bit darker). Some people think that period blood has a certain smell or odour. But don’t worry, it’s so faint that there’s no risk of other people noticing that you’re on. If you’re still concerned, just change your sanitary protection a bit more often, particularly if you’re bleeding heavily.

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