Updated: Mar 19
While already being bombarded with tons of societal norms and responsibilities as a young girl, we struggle to shape our identity at times. Having your first period in the middle of all these hustles tends to be a bit… or too overwhelming. But hey! That's okay, we girls do figure out ways out whether it's convincing your parents to let you go for a sleepover on a Friday night for 'homework' or managing your period stain in the middle of a school day.
Periods are here to stay, let's get this straight. To have a healthy happy life, taking care of your menstruation cycle is a must.
Here are some facts.
What is Period? Why is it important?
It's a natural body process during which blood and tissues come out from vagina and the young body prepares itself for possible pregnancy. This process is a way of your body removing the material which is no longer needed.
Why does it cause pain and cramps?
The pain that is caused is due to the contraction of the uterus to expel its lining. It shouldn’t come in between your regular life but if it does, you can always consult a doctor.
Are my periods around the corner?
Sometimes the signs are very much visible or sometimes your periods may just surprise you!
However, these are some common signals that your body may give you: -
Lower back pain
How often should we change our pads or tampons?
For hygiene purposes, it should be changed every 3-4 hours and to reduce the risk of leaking. However, keeping in mind the blood flow, it may vary from person to person.
How much blood do we lose during our periods?
On an average, woman loses around 30-40 milliliters during menstruation however, it also depends on individual to individual. Some women experience light flow and some may go through a heavy flow.
Is this forever?!
No! There is a stage called as menopause which occurs usually between 45-58 years of age. This marks the end of your period cycle and causes a range of symptoms in body which are from emotional health to energy level to mood swings. To ease the process, doctors are always there to help.
If you are a young girl and you are reading this, always be confident.
It's extremely important for you to acknowledge your body and embrace it. Menstruation is a part of who we are. Live it and celebrate it and never be afraid to ask for help!
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