1. What is the menstrual cycle?
The menstrual cycle is also know as a women's monthly bleed or menstrual period. When you menstruate, your body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb). Blood flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix and passes out of the body through the vagina. Most menstrual periods last from 4 to 7 days. When your periods are on a regular basis (every 28 days roughly) this is called your menstrual cycle.
It is very important that your menstrual periods are every 28 - 35 days, this is so you know that your body is working normally. When you have a period the body releases chemicals which are called hormones and are needed to keep you healthy. Having a menstrual cycle every month also helps your body to prepare for pregnancy.