Well some really strange things about my period have intrigued me about my period so I thought will ask scarleteen
1) I know that every month, an egg is released into the fallopian tubes and a hormone is released which prepares the uterine lining to protect the gg if at all it gets fertilized. Let's assume it doesn't and I know it's the shedding of the uterine lining that brings on your period. So what happens to the egg?
2) So does that mean the bleeding that happens during your period is unwanted blood from your body?
3) Does this lost blood get recycled after your period is over?
4) And what is that that brings on an early period thus shortening the cycle of 28 days?
Thanks a lot
-------------------- archer Posts: 104 | From: India | Registered: Mar 2006
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1) The menstrual lining slowly builds up through the cycle, production peaking at ovulation with the help of progesterone, the hormone responsible for making the endometrium soft and nourishing. If fertilized, the ovum will attach itself to the endometrial lining 6-12 days after ovulation and release a hormone called hCG to maintain the menstrual lining and stop your period. hCG is the hormone that pregnancy tests detect.
If unfertilized, the egg will deteriorate, and the body will know from lack of hCG that there is no pregnancy, and menstruation will begin.
2) Yep. If you're not pregnant, there's no need for the endometrium.
3) You only lose a small amount of blood during the menstrual cycle; a few tablespoons, at most. Much of what you see is mostly endometrial material, and the small amount of blood lost is easily replaced by the body in most cases.
4) Sometimes women's bodies can go haywire! This often happens for no apparent reason at all, but an unusual cycle length, whether short or late, can be caused by physical or psychological stress. Too, it's important to remember that not every woman has a perfect 28-day cycle, and it usually years of observation before a woman can get a feel for her own cycle.
Phew! Hope I got everything!
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