Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its inner lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus.
Everyone around us is aware of what the definition of menstruation is but it is equally important to know what to do and how to take care of yourself when it happens to you or your loved ones. There are some points which are important to know before getting your periods.
It is perfectly normal to get periods. It is what gives the ability to a woman to give birth and continue the life cycle.
Bleeding can start anytime from age 8 till your teen years and will continue to occur once every month until your old age.
Taking proper care of your vaginal health during menstruation is very important to avoid infections and diseases. Like cleaning your vagina on a daily basis with water and soap, changing pads on a regular basis or as and when required and communicating with your family or friends if you are having any form of discomfort.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms that many women get about a week or two before their period. Most women, over 90%, say they get some premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating, headaches, and moodiness
One can eat chocolates and fruits to avoid dizziness and weakness during this time. Also, regular exercise before the onset of periods helps with the moodiness and bloating.
There are tons of online resources and videos which show how to put on a pad or how to use menstrual cups in a proper way. Make sure to watch them and also ask your doctor about the same.
There is no shame in letting your doctor, parents, teachers or anyone who is elder to you know if you are having issues during your periods. Always remember that every body is different, not everyone will have the same issues or the same kind of periods. Some people have light flow for 3-5 days, some have heavy flow for 8-10 days and some might have light flow for 15 days. There is no rule or a single way of how this works. Listen to your own body and never feel ashamed to ask questions.
Regular gynecologist check ups should be a part and parcel of your schedule once you start your periods. It is very important to ask your doctor questions and not just blindly follow them. Remember it’s your body and you have the right to know what is happening with it.
If you are shy to talk about this with your close family members or teachers then always remember ThatMate is there to help you without any judging or questions. If this phase is too overwhelming at the start, just know that we felt the same when we got our first period. It can be scary and intimidating but we are always there to support you through this metamorphosis. We want to reach out to as many adolescents and teenagers as possible and make this phase a smooth transition for them. So never stop asking questions. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
By Shruti L.