What Is A Menstrual Cycle

What's a Menstrual Cycle?

On average, a menstrual cycle lasts around 28 to 30 days, but because we are all different, a cycle can be anywhere from 21 to 35 days. The only way to determine the length of your own menstrual cycle is to mark it on a calendar or by using an online period calculator, which will help you predict when your next period is. You may have to deal with menstruation, but with the use of our Kotex® period tracker, you don’t have to let it catch you by surprise!


Days 1-7
It’s a good idea to wear a pantyliner if you are expecting your period. The first day of your period is considered the start of your menstrual cycle. The bleeding may not be too heavy – it usually starts with a pretty light flow, so Kotex® Normal tampons and Ultra Thin Pads will have you covered. You will probably find that around day 2-3 your period will be at its heaviest. Kotex® Normal or Super Ultra Thin Pads, or Normal or Super Tampons are your best bet for this stage of menstruation. If you are going to use tampons, it is a good idea to pop a liner in your panties. This is the best way to avoid any embarrassing leaks. And to keep your PJs fresh while you sleep, use a Kotex® All Nighter pad. They are just that little bit longer and wider for extra protection when you are lying down. Once your period is done, you can continue using Kotex® Pantyliners for any last-day period discharges.


Days 8-14

One of your ovaries releases an egg and the uterus starts to rebuild its lining. Kotex® Pantyliners are perfect for keeping your underwear feeling fresh and clean during this time of the month. Panty liners can be worn daily and the best thing is, no one will ever know you are wearing them! Read more about the Female Reproductive System and how it works.


Days 15-28

If the egg is not fertilised, the uterus wall will continue to thicken until your hormone levels suddenly drop. You will not know that it is happening, but this will cause the lining to break down and you will get your period again. This time of the month, especially towards day 28, you could be caught by surprise. To make sure you are covered and well prepared for this part of menstruation, wear Kotex® Pantyliners during the day and keep a pack of Kotex® Normal Ultra Thin pads on hand.



Menstruation: Also referred to as “having a period.” The vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of the monthly cycle.

Menstrual Cycle: The regular and natural change in the reproductive system that makes pregnancy possible. Uterus: Also known as the “womb.” Where a fertilized egg will become a foetus.

Ovary: Where eggs (also known as “ova”) develop. Eggs are released from the ovaries and travel down the fallopian tubes into the uterus.

Ovum: Also known as an “egg.” A reproductive cell that will develop into a foetus if it is fertilized by a sperm. One ovum is released each month during the menstrual cycle. Fertilization usually happens only with unprotected sex. FYI: The plural of ovum is “ova.”


The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.



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