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Pain during Periods

Menstruation usually begins around 11 years of age, but there is a wide variation in this, and anytime between 9-14 years is normal. If the onset of menses is delayed beyond this, examination and tests of the girl are required to confirm that there is no problem.


Pain during Periods

Initially, the periods can be very irregular and may not become regular up to 12 – 18 months of starting. This is due to the immaturity of the hormone axis and is normal. Gradually the menses will normalize, and the girl will bleed for 3 – 5 days every 28-30 days, which is the normal cycle. Too heavy bleeding during menses needs to check up and Treatment for Heavy Periods as it may be a sign of a bleeding disorder or hormonal problem and can result in anaemia and weakness.

Menstrual hygiene is very important and must be taught to all young girls. Frequent baths during the periods, changing pads frequently, disposing of the pads hygienically are necessary. Even today, there are many myths about menstruation like not eating a pickle, not entering the kitchen, taking total rest during this time, etc., all of which are illogical.

The adolescent girl is going through many hormonal changes in her body, which reflect in herphysical, mental, and emotional state. Mood changes, irritability, emotional swings are relatedas much to hormones as to the environment. The famil's attitude towards menstruation willhelp her deal with it for the rest of her life. If it is treated as dirty, unclean, and isolated, she willhave a negative response to menses forever. If it is treated as a wonderful process of growingup or maturing and having the amazing ability to bear children later, she will treat it positively,and it has been shown that these girls get much lesser pain and discomfort during menses aswell as less premenstrual syndrome (PMS)During the teenage years, many girls experience PMS. This may cause bloating, breast pain,depression, and irritability before menses, and the symptoms disappear after the periods. Thisis perfectly normal. The restriction of salt, refined flour, caffeine, and chocolates, and lightexercise during this time helps relieve symptoms. Also, adding calcium, B-complex, primrose oil,and such supplements may help reduce symptoms. Occasionally, hormone treatment isrequired in severe cases besides the usual Treatment for Irregular Periods.

Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea) are another common problem in teenagers, and many girlsmiss school and college because of it. This is usually due to excessive local production ofprostaglandins and can be reduced by light exercise, hot showers, and anti-prostaglandintablets taken at the onset of menses. In some girls, regular hormonal pills have to be given ifthere is severe pain.Often during the growing years, there is a variation in both breasts, size, which causes immenseworry to the girl. This variation is common, may sort itself out once full growth is achieved, oronce in a while, the discrepancy remains until adulthood. This has to be managed by wearing asuitability-padded bra or later by surgery, and there are no creams or medicines, which can helpthis.

There are many myths associated with menstruation and growing up, and proper sex educationand counseling or a meeting with a good gynecologist should be a part of growing up.