Menstruation Case Study

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Description of the issue and its relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies Every month, the female body undergoes a process called menstruation. Menstruation is when the lining of the uterine wall sheds, leaving the body through the vagina in the form of blood and often clumps of tissue. This is how the body prepares for ovulation, which is when a woman is most fertile. Though this is a normal experience for women, there is a lot of issues surrounding menstruation. It is often viewed as disgusting and unclean. Even tracing back to biblical times, women were made to leave their villages during their periods because they were considered tainted. Because of this belief, women are often demonized and mistreated because of their periods. This has …show more content…
Thesis statement: Menstruation is an inevitable part of life for women, yet there is a massive stigma and a lack of understanding surrounding the …show more content…
The article starts off by explaining exactly what menstruation is. The authors go into detail about when a girl can expect to have her first menstrual period and what changes the body might go through during this time. After this, there are details about the specifics of periods, things that women themselves may not even know. These details pertain to what happens to different parts of the female reproductive system during menstruation. The first topic is that of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis. This involves many of the hormonal change in the body during the menstrual cycle. Next, the authors discuss which hormones do what, and how they all interact with one another to bring about a normal period. The ovarian cycle is the second to last part of the menstrual cycle. Schuiling and Likis list three phases within this cycle, which are follicular, ovulatory, and luteal. The next topic that is discussed is the endometrial cycle. This is the cycle in which actual menstrual bleeding occurs, as well as ovulation. This is the last part of the menstrual cycle before it restarts. There is one last topic that is discussed, and it is about the cyclic change to the cervix, the fallopian tubes, and the

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