What’s a uterus?
It’s really important to get to know your body and understand what everything does.
The female reproductive system is incredible and amazing, and there’s a lot that goes into it; hormones, different body parts and organs, and a 28-day cycle that governs the lot.
In order to be prepared for your first period, you need to understand how your own body works, and why it works that way.
Your body does everything for a specific reason, and it’s super smart (so smart, we’re still figuring out why somethings occur).
A uterus is a pear-shaped organ that sits above your cervix, at the end of your vagina.
The wall of the uterus is covered in layers of tissue and blood called the uterine lining.
When your body realises you’re not pregnant, the lining breaks away and comes out via your vagina as period blood.
A uterus is where a baby grows when you’re pregnant. For all of us (boys and men included) a uterus was our first home for 9 months, it’s where we all come from.
If you’ve ever suffered from period pain, or cramps, it’s because of the uterus.
At the start of your period your uterus may spasm randomly causing a dull ache around the tummy area. This is caused by a chemical called prostaglandin.
It means the lining of your uterus is coming apart from the uterine wall and will soon exist your body as period blood.
Have a look at our anatomy guide for further details on the female genitalia such as the difference between the vulva and the vagina.
The vagina is actually the internal part of the genitals not the outside. You can’t see the vagina from the outside.
What people commonly refer to as the “vagina” is generally the mons pubis and the labia majora.
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