Menstruation

Menstruation is the body's monthly shedding of the uterus lining when ovaries discharge an egg. More specifically, this cycle involves the body discharging blood and tissue. It's also referred to as a 'period' or 'menstrual cycle'. Besides that, there are other details surrounding the experience that can be confusing. While getting a period can be a complicated time for some, Ovia Health has the facts you'll need to answer your questions.
Some of the most common questions surrounding this topic include, "What does a 'normal' period look like anyway?" And what does it mean if you have an "irregular" period? If you're wondering about these questions or others surrounding your menstruation cycle, you're not alone. Ovia Health has dozens of helpful articles about your period in relation to fertility and trying to conceive.
Discover more information about the menstruation cycle, symptoms, pain relief, helpful products, the hormones involved, and potential menstrual cycle issues and complications.

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Can tampons affect your fertility? 

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Ovia Family Award winners: Fertility aids 

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Managing your period as a trans, genderqueer, or non-binary person

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Endometriosis

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You do uterus: How to be kind to yourself during your period

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Tracking your cervical fluid with Ovia

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Tracking your basal body temperature with Ovia

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Reasons why heavy vaginal bleeding might be occurring

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