Menstruation is an indication for every mother that their little girl is entering into another phase of life- womanhood. Some mothers get worried; some become happy, knowing the fact that their daughter is now growing up. It’s a sign, which shows that the girl is physically capable to get pregnant. It sounds scary. Does not it? Proper guidance and knowledge will help you in getting rid of unnecessary worries about womanhood and menstruation.
A girl’s first menstrual flow is called ‘menarche’. You will notice blood spot in your underpants, which could either be dark red or brown in colour. There is nothing to worry about it because the colour is not an issue. You can take help of your mother, in wearing the pads for the first time. For young girls, these things are a bit complicated in the beginning.
To soak the menstrual blood, you should use sanitary napkins of good quality, and especially those, which are comfortable. Better pads mean lesser worries.
From now onwards, you’ll receive your menstrual periods in a cycle, which might vary with your body-chemistry. There is no fixed cycle for every woman, but on an average, it is 28 days. The cycle is counted from the onset of one menses, to the beginning of the other menses. Usually the period lasts from 3 to 5 days (again depending on a person’s anatomy) and sometimes, it goes on till 7days.
The colour of the blood might change slightly, throughout the duration of each period. Initially the flow is light, but with the passing time, you will notice, it’s getting heavier. It might take at least 2 years to regularize with your periods. In the beginning, you might miss your period for few months, but there is nothing to worry about it as it is a general occurrence.
Some girls face terrible menstrual cramps and some bearable ones. If you are among the ones, who have trouble with abdominal cramps, then you can take over-the-counter medicines like- Advil, Tylenol, or other natural supplements.
Usually menarche occurs after 2 years of developing breasts, or when you start with the growth of underarm and pubic hair. The Indian girls begin with menarche, somewhere between 12-14 years. These days, the girls can have their periods when they are just 8 or 9 years.
Nowadays, the early onset of menarche is very common. The social life and eating habits are affecting the growth of height, weight, and level of maturity among the young girls. The early start of the menarche is called premature menarche.
If you don’t get your menarche till the age of 16 or after that, then you need to consult a gynecologist.
When you begin with menarche, there are various mood swings, you have to go through it. You might feel uncomfortable or bloated, which is because of the water, the body retains during periods.
Other signs, which may last for few hours, are:
- Leg ache
The most common symptom is cramping. The abdominal cramps might persist for a day or two, during the menstrual. You might also feel sad, lethargic, tensed, or angry because of the hormonal releases. Do not worry, these symptoms don’t last for long.
These days, we have lots of advanced facilities to cope with the little girls’ menstrual doubts and problems. In fact, schools arrange special seminars, with the support of doctors. In these seminars, the mother and daughter come together. They clear their queries and misconceptions.