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How to work with the Menstrual Cycle

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Did you know that menstruation has been found in different groups of mammals but it’s generally limited to primates. This includes our closest relatives, such as chimpanzees, monkeys and apes. Apart from primates however, menstruation only occurs in four bat species, as well as elephant shrews.

Other placental mammals undergo a process where the uterus lining is reabsorbed into the body, a process sometimes called concealed ovulation. Apparently, our lining is too thick to be reabsorbed.

GCSE scientists – you need to be able to explain the stages of the menstrual cycle, and how hormones control it. For help with this, try our new guide “How to work with the Menstrual Cycle”.  It includes a description of the stages, and how hormones interact to control it. As always there are questions to try, and answers to check understanding.

How to work with the menstrual cycle
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