What is menstruation?

  • (noun): The monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause.
    Example: "The women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"
    Synonyms: menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow


Menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining (endometrium). It occurs on a regular basis at a very young age, maturation, in females of certain mammal species, until menopause. This article focuses on human menstruation.

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Some articles on menstruation:

Menstruation And The Origins Of Culture/Archive 1
... The relationship between culture and menstruation is expressed in many ways ... One group of authors has even theorized that menstruation may have played a key role in the development of symbolic culture in early human society ...
Menstruation - Further Reading
... Menstruation A Cultural History ... http//us.macmillan.com/menstruation ... Blood Relations Menstruation and the Origins of Culture ...
Metzora (parsha) - Summary - Menstruation
... God told Moses and Aaron to put the Israelites on guard against uncleanness, lest they die by defiling God’s Tabernacle ... (Leviticus 1531.) ...
Menstrual Taboo - In The USA - Films
... Movies and television also reflect the taboo nature of menstruation ... Typically menstruation as a topic is avoided, except for scenes involving menarche or "first period." For example, as Elizabeth Arveda Kissling explains in ... Carrie down, and eventually must explain the concept of menstruation to Carrie (because Carrie's mother had never done so) ...
Menstrual Taboo - Religious Views - Hinduism
... return to her family, which has been presented as a negative view of menstruation ... However in some respects Indians view menstruation, especially first menstruation or menarche, as a positive aspect of a girl's life ... they are driven away from the house during the cycle of their menstruation ...

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    If men could menstruate ... clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much.... Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of such commercial brands as Paul Newman Tampons, Muhammed Ali’s Rope-a-Dope Pads, John Wayne Maxi Pads, and Joe Namath Jock Shields—”For Those Light Bachelor Days.”
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)