Period – also known as menstruation (menses), is an important part of a woman’s reproductive health. It is a key process that regulates the reproductive cycle, so that population can grow.
Some numbers to note:
Period begins anytime when a child is 8 to 16 years of age
It lasts all the way to the age of 45 to 55 years
Period usually lasts for 3 to 5 days
After which, it takes about 28 to 30 days before you experience it again (Period Cycle)
What Happens in the Body
Menstruation is the discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the a woman’s uterus through her vagina.
The body is constantly preparing for birth and when it doesn’t happen, it discharges all its “preparation” through we what know as the Period, and restart the whole process of preparing for birth, resulting in a cyclical event known as the menstrual cycle.
During the preparation for birth (from the 6th to 28th day), the body develops nutrient-rich lining (endometrium) in a woman’s uterus that help cushion and nourish a developing fetus should pregnancy happens. This is the same lining that gets shed during a Period if pregnancy does not happen (from days 1 to 5).
Period can be a physically (and emotionally) traumatising affair because of all the hormonal changes that happens! Most ladies will experience some kind of symptoms before or during their Period such as abdomen cramps, backaches, headache, breast tenderness, mood swings etc..
FAQs About Period
1) How do I know when my daughter is on her first period?
The first few Periods are usually very light and scanty – it will likely be a few spots of red blood or brown stain that appears on your underwear. Mums, if you noticed that your girl is starting to stain her undies, its time for some preparation!
2) How can I prepare her for her first period?
The first step is to watch her underwear during her puberty years! When she does begin having her period, Mummy, you should start educating her about it. Reassure her that it is normal and all ladies will have to go through it.
It is important to also tell her how to change pads and how often she has to do it! (Good hygiene habits always start from young) For a start, I’ll say change they should change their pads at least 3 times a day (morning, mid day, night), or until their pads becomes too red-ish, whichever comes first.
Help her track her Period cycle (it may be irregular at the beginning) so just help her top up Pads and Pantyliners in her bag every month! Our period tracking app, MenstruTrack, will be able to help you with monitoring her period! MenstruTrack is available in the App Store on iOS.
3) What if she gets cramps?
If your little one is experiencing cramps, teach her how to cope with it! You can look at our post on 6 ways to ease menstrual cramps for some ideas. Tell her to drink hot drinks (no ice please) and stay away from ice-cream! Usually they have it okay at the onset. Prepare our MenstruHeat packs for her – heat helps to relieve menstrual cramps as it relaxes the uterine muscles.
4) Can she do sports or swim during her period?
Now, life goes on as usual during period (and you know that) – she just needs a little getting used to. Tell her that sports are okay, but I’ll say stay away from the pool until she is able to handle her period properly (that is to know how to prevent leakage maybe wear a tampon).
So bottom line.
Be nice to a lady during her period. PMS is scientific and its for the greater good of the society! 😛
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