What you need to tell your daughter about her periods

 

Let’s be honest some families just don’t talk about it. I’ve seen it in clinic, and I have seen the effects it has on our young girls.

There can be many reasons why the monthly period isn’t discussed- often because mum had the same experience with her mother or they are unsure where to even start. It is time to break through our past conditioning and educate our young girls so they can reach out for help without feeling embarrassed.

My concern here is that unless we are talking to our daughters about what is normal and more importantly what isn’t normal then they may have false information about what they should be dealing with. Too often I see young women that have had heavy painful periods since their teenage years but are under the impression it is normal. Yes, it may be more common for girls to experience this if their mum or sisters do, but it doesn’t make it normal. If we can educate our young girls then we reduce the risk of women spending their lives with menstrual complaints or developing other conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, cysts or infertility issues.

So, what should a period look like through our teenage years?

Did you know it takes over 7 years for the brain and ovaries to establish proper communication to regulate a period? Therefore, it is not uncommon, especially in the early years of menstruation that the period may not be regular at all. Longer cycles are not abnormal unless you are experiencing other symptoms such as change in hair growth, weight gain, heavy bleeds and sugar cravings- in this case it is recommended you visit your preferred health care provider to rule out a condition called PCOS. Longer cycles may also be a result of stress, anxiety or other overload on the body such as poor sleep, poor nutrition, increased screen time and not enough calming/ self care.

Bleeding – length can vary from 2-6 days. Anything longer may need assessing.

Clotting, heavy periods- this is not a normal menstrual symptom. This may indicate a hormone imbalance, abnormal growth, poor gut or liver health, iron deficiency etc.

Painful periods- a normal period can come with mild cramping and discomfort. If there is a need to take pain relief, especially more than the first day it is recommended to look at the diet and make sure the inflammatory foods are kept low- such as wheat, dairy, sugars and processed foods.

Spotting or bleeding outside the cycle- spotting can indicate a progesterone deficiency or poor ovarian function.

How to support healthy hormones for our teens

A diet rich in foods such as – blueberries, onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger, broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple, fish and nuts. These foods help to reduce pain during the period and support hormone health.

Movement during a period- gentle exercise such as yoga, walking, swimming before or during menstruation can help reduce cramping and pain.

 

Looking for more info for your and the younger girls in your life? Proposed workshop coming soon- All you need to know about hormones for teenagers-

Drop me a email and let me know if this would be of interest for you jacqui@healthful.net.au

Wanting health advice from our experienced Naturopath? Jacqui has over 11 years experience in women’s health. With expertise in hormone testing as well as hormone and thyroid treatments for all ages. 

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