Being a teenager is a special time in a girl’s life. This is the stage when girls go through unique body changes. While you may have little information about puberty and menarche, there’s no harm in brushing up on period information.
What is puberty?
It’s the time when a girl’s body undergoes physical change and she attains sexual maturity. The time when puberty begins in girls varies from 12 -15. During this period, girls experience a surge in hormones which may lead to moodiness, irritability or anxiety. Puberty is marked by the onset of sexual maturation, menses and growth of pubic hair.
When does puberty occur?
Some girls attain puberty as early as the age of 9 while others reach puberty by 12 or 14.
What are the signs that I have reached a pubescent stage?
The onset of puberty is marked by physical changes in the body – such as the development of breasts, pubic and underarm hair, fuller hips, white vaginal discharge which cleanses the vagina before the period starts.
When will I get my first period?
Now, that you know the clues that your period is on the way, this will help you deal better you’re your first period, known as menarche. Most girls experience it between the age of 12-15 but some may start early or later as well.
What is menarche?
The first menstrual period is known as menarche. This is a sign of sexual maturity. In the days leading up to your period you may experience bodily discomfort such as cramps, tender breasts and even pimples due to the surge in hormones.
How long will I bleed during periods?
The flow of blood during menarche is usually light at first. You will need a sanitary napkin during these days so stock up on pads. The periods usually last 3-7 days in a month.
How do I deal with cramps during the menstrual cycle?
During periods you may experience cramps in your lower back and stomach and feel bloated. You can ease the cramp pain with hot water bag and even mild exercise such as Yoga.
What is a normal menstrual cycle?
A normal menstrual cycle for teenagers varies from 21 days to 35 days.
How can I protect myself during periods?
You can use pads, tampons and panty liners for period protection. Pads are made of absorbent material which stick inside the underwear and absorb period blood. Tampons are absorbent material which are designed to be inserted inside the vagina. Tampons help in pursuing an active lifestyle during periods as well but they must be changed frequently.