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Facts about Your Period

You'll start getting discharge about six months before your first period. You'll keep getting it between periods. Tips: Sometimes your period doesn't look or feel the way you expect! Your period might look like blood right away, or it might start with pinkish, reddish, or brownish goo like mine did.

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If the egg is not fertilized, it will break apart. Then, hormone levels drop, and the thickened lining of the uterus is shed during the menstrual period. ... This occurs after hormone levels drop at the end of the previous cycle, signaling blood and tissues lining the uterus (womb) to break down and shed from the body.

What's heavy for one woman may be normal for another. The average amount of blood lost during a period is 30 to 40 millilitres (ml), with 9 out of 10 women losing less than 80ml. Heavy menstrual bleeding is considered to be 60ml or more in each cycle. But it's not usually necessary to measure blood loss.