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MH Day 2018: In conversation with Monalisa Padhee

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Uterus: An Essential Guide For Knowing it Well

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Ovaries: All You Need to Know and Remember

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Clitoris: Your Essential Guide to All That You Secretly Wanted...

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The Hymen: All You Need to Know (Un-sanskaari Version)

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A Quick Guide to Menstrual blood

Every woman has a monthly menstrual cycle soon after they hit puberty. A normal cycle is usually between 21-35 days long.  Composition of menstrual blood: It is composed of blood, old parts of uterine tissues, cells from the mucus lining of vagina and bacteria and making the vaginal flora, vaginal secretions containing electrolytes such as potassium and sodium. Content of menstrual blood: The content of menstrual blood varies from person to person, from one cycle to another, which depends on a woman's age and thickness of uterus. All these contents are found in lower concentration than in ordinary blood, e.g., there is more water, less iron and less hemoglobin. The pH level of menstrual blood is similar to that of normal blood. 

Unpacking Menstrual Myths

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Menstrual Disorders: a brief overview

The onset of menstruation is one of the changes that occur in a girl’s body during puberty. A menstrual cycle is usually 28 days long where the uterus prepares for pregnancy and develops a uterine lining made up of tissue and blood vessels called the endometrium. When pregnancy does not occur, the lining sheds and a mixture of blood and tissue exits through the vagina, this process is called menstruation or periods, as is more commonly known.  Some women go through periods with little to no problems. However, several women experience problems during their menstrual cycle which are known as menstrual disorders. These problems include the painful cramps one experiences in the days leading up to or even during periods, abnormally heavy bleeding during periods or not having any bleeding at all. Though variations in menstrual patterns can occur normally too, but one should be concerned if the cycle is less than 21 days or more than 3 months long. It is also a sign of a disorder if your periods last for more than 10 days. 

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