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Menstruation symptoms

10 March 2023

Menstruation, also known as period, is part of a woman’s reproductive cycle, a process that causes biological changes in her body. There are different symptoms of menstruation and although there are some recurring ones, each woman can experience them differently, both in intensity and duration.

Generally, menstruation begins around 12 years old until reaching menopause, which is usually around 51 years old.

What is menstruation?

Every month, the body of a woman of reproductive age prepares for a possible pregnancy. If this does not happen, a lining made up of menstrual blood and part of the interior tissue of the uterus is shed from the uterus, being expelled through the vagina.

How long does menstruation last?

In most cases, menstruation lasts between three and five days, although it also depends on each woman and only a doctor can establish its normality.

Menstruation symptoms

Each person is different, but some menstruation symptoms are the following.

  • Craving for a particular type of food
  • Cramps or pain in the abdomen or pelvis
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Low back pain
  • Swelling and pain in the breasts
  • Vaginal bleeding

A woman’s menstrual cycle can change or vary at any time in life, especially in the early years.

Although the absence of bleeding can be considered a sign of pregnancy, it also occurs in other situations such as the use of contraceptives, stress, or even physical activity.

Learn more about menstruation symptoms at ABC Medical Center Women’s Center, where we can provide you with specialized care. Contact us!


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