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A. The Latin origin of the word menstruation is menses, or month. It is an indication of the frequency between periods. On average, the length of a cycle is 28 days but can be anywhere between 21 – 35 days. The cycles can have great variations in length and be either very close together or very far apart, especially for the few years of menstruation.
Here is the menstruation cycle divided into 4 stages:
1 – Every month, the uterus, or the womb, is freshly lined with a mucous membrane (endometrial lining). This prepares it to receive a fertilized egg.
2 – This stage is called ovulation and an egg is detached from one of the ovaries. It moves into a Fallopian tube, heading for the uterus. This journey to the uterus can take a few days and is sometimes mildly painful.
3 – On its way to the uterus if the egg comes across a sperm, the woman can become pregnant. If it doesn’t, the body will automatically take action to discard the mucous lining and the unfertilized egg and some other fluids. This is the period.
4 – The woman starts to bleed when the period begins. This happens every month and continues till the woman reaches menopause and menstruation stops; it happens on an average of 400 times.
If one doesn’t get their periods on time it is a possible cause of concern but that isn’t necessary. It is very normal for a girl’s cycle to be irregular for the first couple of years after the first time she got her period. However, the missed period could be because of many other factors. Some of these possibilities are that she is underweight or malnourished due to eating disorders or that she could be pregnant. It is very likely that one’s period doesn’t arrive like clockwork because they are stressed or are exercising excessively or intensely. In rarer cases, it is possible that they have a thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal disorder. While irregular periods may be nothing of a worry, it is always a good idea to consult a gynecologist – better to be safe than sorry!
Every woman that gets her period also gets vaginal discharge. It is the body’s way of maintaining hygiene. Normal vaginal discharge is clear or white to pale yellow. It is odourless and if it has a slightly acidic odour, it is perfectly normal!
There is no such thing as an ideal age. Some girls start at 9, some at 16 and many in between and all of these ages are perfectly normal. Most girls get their first periods between ages 11 and 14. The word for a girl’s first period is the menarche and this is often genetic. It is highly probable that one will get their period for the first time at about the same age as their mother. So it is always a really good idea to talk about this and for mother’s to share their experiences with their daughters!
Very often, the first few times one menstruates, they bleed very little. Girls often worry that they will get massive periods and bleed a lot, but that happens on very rare occasions. Even when periods become regular, on an average one bleeds only about 4 teaspoons of blood in the entire cycle. Many people believe that excess blood loss causes fatigue but that is seldom the case. Fatigue is caused by a change in hormone levels, not loss of blood. If you bleed a lot and have to change the pad every 3 – 4 hours, it could be due to an iron deficiency. In this case, it’s wisest to check for anemia.
The frequency of changing them depends greatly on the flow of blood, but it is recommended for one to change it every 3-4 hours to maintain hygiene (less often on days with lesser flow).
Once children, girls and guys alike, hit puberty, cleanliness becomes of greater importance. Their sweat will smell different – it will get pungent, so it is a good idea to start using deodorant. It is advisable to wash the vagina in the mornings and in the evenings using lukewarm water. The vagina also has a sensitive pH balance that needs to be maintained and so one should avoid perfumed soaps or gels. Moreover, underwear should be changed every day.
Puberty is a difficult time for everyone. Hormonal secretions cause the body to change in unfathomable ways. As a parent, you can do a few things to make the transition a little simpler especially by talking to your children. There are many signs of puberty for girls. Their breasts start developing and this may hurt a little at times. At this time, you must ensure that the bra she wears is the right size and comfortable. There will be changes in the skin – there may be pimples and acne and the skin might become a bit oily. Hair will appear in places that were bare before. Some girls will start to sweat more. There will be vaginal discharge before the period. There will be unpredictable mood swings. It is important for the parents to reassure the daughter that these changes are normal and even try to explain the reasons behind them.
PMS or premenstrual syndrome affects women and girls of all ages. It encompasses all the physical and emotional changes and disturbances that we go through after ovulation but before menstruation. Symptoms are strongest in the days before a period and are likely to disappear during periods. Symptoms include irritability, sore breasts, bloating, cramps, mood swings and fatigue.
More than! It is very common for girls to have cramps during and right before they have periods. The pain one feels is due to the uterus contracting to expel the lining. The pain is the worst in the first 24 hours. It is really difficult to ignore the pain but there are a few things to do to reduce it. You should exercise even though you don’t feel like it. Physical exercise, even something as mild as walking, really helps. It helps increase oxygen levels, endorphin levels and increases blood flow. Massages and heat also help relax muscles. So a hot bath, hugging a wheat bag or hot bottle can help.
Sometimes people complain of being too tired and fatigued to do anything remotely physical, even getting out of bed. However, exercise can be great for many reasons. Studies show that physical exercise helps alleviate menstrual pain and makes you feel better overall. It doesn’t have to be strenuous workouts, even a walk can help.
Using a disposable sanitary pad during ones menstruation is the ideal way to maintain hygiene in a simple and comfortable way. Once you wear the pad once or twice, you will get the hang of it!
- There will be a release paper on the back of the pad. Remove it and secure it on the center of your innerwear.
- Tear the flap release paper and remove from one side.
- Fold the flap on one side of the innerwear and stick it there. Now, remove the release paper on the other side and stick it to the other side of the innerwear.
If you are Wonderize about how to get rid of a used sanitary pad, you’re not the only one! It is important that you dispose them in a clean and discreet way. First off, fold the used pad in half to conceal the bloody part leaving only the adhesive part bare. Then, wrap toilet paper or newspaper around the pad and if you prefer, place it in a plastic bag or the wrapper that belongs to your next pad. Finally, discard it in a bin out of reach of kids or pets and ensure that you empty the trash cans every 2 days tops to prevent odor and bacteria. Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly, with soap, after disposing the pad. Ensure that you never try to flush it down the toilet as they will clog the drainage.
Usually, it is a bright red but it does become maroon-ish brown over time.
For someone who doesn’t have regular periods, it is a great idea to have a change of underwear, an extra sanitary napkin and a plastic bag in one’s bag at all times in case of an unexpected period.