The Dot ...
OMG this one makes me laugh each time. Just the title "Period" is embarrassing and "menstruation" sounds very technical and Granny-like but "The Dot" is hilarious...aND confusing to boys so win-win.
While some of you are still waiting for your "Moon Day" and others have already started (and possibly wishing you had not) I am here to help you embrace it and as always provide you with some helpful tips and humor. Please keep as your mantra...puberty is a right of passage and something to be celebrated and appreciated as empowering.
1. Truth, it sucks....I KNOW I just finished telling you this is an honor, a blessing, a moment in your life to remember, but it sucks. It is annoying, sometimes painful and sometimes embarrassing and unfortunately does not change much as you get older.
2. You will survive.
So lets start with the facts. Why on earth do we have to experience The Dot and Boys do not! This one is obvious but also worth exploring. Obviously it is biology. Girls bodies are built for babies and having the Dot means your body is ready to have babies. While at 10-14 it is difficult to imagine, many many years ago girls had babies much younger. Of course this was also during times of live to survive and not necessarily live to learn and enjoy life. So while our brains and emotions have changed our bodies have not quite received the message.
1. Simply put: A period is when a woman’s body releases tissue it no longer needs more specific it's your uterus shedding its lining. The uterus, is where a baby (fetus) can develop in the female body. Every month or so, the uterus lining gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if the woman becomes pregnant. If the egg doesn’t get fertilized, that lining is released from the body as blood.
2. The average age of a girl's first period is 12, BUT a girl can start any time between 8 and 16. I know I know not helpful. Here is another guide so you can see where you are on the puberty chart. 1. Breasts begin to grow. 2. Hair begins to grow under arms and on pubic area. 3. You may have a growth spurt.
3. Some girls will have "The dot" every 21 days and others may have it 28 days, 32 days or even 45 days. I once had a friend who had hers every 90 days! On average it will last 2-7 days.
4. Sometimes it hurts. Again this is all about the truth. For some girls and women there is some pain. Some girls will experience headaches or cramps. Cramps feel slightly different than a stomach cramp you may get from running. It is painful but not as intense and may last for a longer time. Some girls may feel tired, sad, angry or flu like right before they have their period. Luckily this only lasts a day or 2 and then you will return to normal. Some girls never have any side effects at all.
1. Exercise will help. Regular exercise can reduce the intensity of both the pain and the "flow" of your period. Yoga and stretching regularly can also help reduce any pain and cramping you may experience. Some simple stretches may be helpful even while you are having pain.
2. Drink water
3. Eat Healthy
4. Go with the Flow!
A few things we love:
BOOKS to help you through.
PERIOD STARTER KITS
Create your own Starter Kit
1. Choose a pouch
2. Add Period Necessities
3. Undies - Choose one made specifically for your period or use one of your own
4. Painfree Helpers
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