This blog is not just meant for young girls on the way to puberty but also for adults ( mother, parent, elder-sister,teacher) who are in a position to guide and address their concerns.
How to alleviate worries about first period?
- When your young one is of the age to hit puberty, educate them about changes taking place in their body, what to expect- breastbuds, pubic hair and underarm hair and eventually periods.
- This can be done @home by a parent and @school by a teacher.
- T.V adverts about sanitary napkins and tampons are a good start( instead of blue gel it is blood that comes out)
- Specifically tell them about blood coming out of their intimate area.
- Teach them how to use a sanitary napkin/tampon and also not to be embarassed to ask for one when need arises.
- Always specify that it is completely normal and they can discuss it with peers or an adult (in a position of trust)any questions that they have.
- AND please the boys also need to know about it.( it is part and parcel of growing up)
When to expect your first period?
- Average age is approx 12yrs , it can happen anywhere between 9 – 15yrs.
- Already noticed development of pubic and underarm hair .
- 2 years after breastbuds start developing.
- Also notice a whitish vaginal discharge approx 1yr prior to your periods.
What more to know?
- Initially for the first couple of years it may not be regular but would eventually settle into a regular pattern.
- It usually lasts for about 2 to 7days.
- Initially the flow is reasonably less, but total appox loss can be between 3 to 5 tablespoon full of blood which trickles out slowly not in a gush.
Your “Period kit” is your saviour
It is best to be equipped rather than to be caught off gaurd, so please carry a” Period kit”with you .
Your “Period kit” should have:
- Sanitary pads/ tampons.( for first timers sanitary pads are easier to use but its a matter of choice and comfort).
- A clean underwear.
- Unfragranced wipes.
- A mild safe pain reliever ( to take if need arises).
When to see a doctor/gynaecologist.
- When period starts earlier than 8years of age.
- Period does not start by the 16years / no signs of puberty till 14years age.
- If periods are very heavy/painful (taking time off school).
- Periods lasting more than 7 days/ no periods for 3 months after first one/previously regular cycles becoming irregular/ periods coming less than 21days.
- OR any other problem that causes anxiety and worry, its best to get it resolved rather than suffer in silence.
Need of the hour!
- Start of menstruation means body is progressing towards adulthood at this stage sex education and information on contraception and pregnancy is a must.
- Boys need to know about periods as well, it is high time we put an end to ignorance.
Thats it for now, hope it was Informative, will be back soon.