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While menstruation can be inconvenient and even painful, this vaginal bleeding in your monthly cycle is essential for you to conceive.


SmartParents expert and Gleneagles Hospital’s consultant ob-gyn, Dr Christopher Chong, explains that menstruation happens every month when the lining of a woman’s womb is shed. This process will continue to happen as long as your egg is not fertilised.


A typical menstrual cycle lasts between 21 and 35 days with bleeding lasting from four to seven days.

It’s also normal if you experience heavier bleeding during the first three day

s of your period, says Dr Chong. “Most women will lose about 30 to 40ml of blood during each cycle and anything more than 80ml of blood is classed as heavy menses.”


The colour of the blood may also change as your menstrual cycle progresses. It’ll appear brighter red at the start of your period where the freshest part of your lining is being flushed out. Subsequently, your discharge will turn a darker shade of red progressively.


However, Dr Chong states that it is important for you to monitor your period blood and to consult a doctor immediately if anything looks less than normal. “It’s always safer to have an early assessment even through most of the time the condition isn’t abnormal.” Dr Chong offers advice on what may cause your discharge to change its colour and what to do about it.


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