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What is puberty?
Puberty is the time in which a child’s sexual and physical characteristics mature. It occurs due to hormone changes. Adolescence is the period between puberty and adulthood.
What to do in case a sanitary pad is not available?
While opting for a sanitary solution is best, in case a sanitary napkin or a tampon is not available, clean cotton cloth can be used to soak up the menstrual flow. The cloth should be changed periodically depending on the flow. In case you plan to use the same piece of cloth again, make sure it is washed thoroughly, dried under the sun, and stored in a clean and dry place.
How to dispose of these sanitary products?
One-time use sanitary products should be disposed of with care. Sanitary pads should not be thrown out in the open as they may turn into a breeding ground for bacteria. They should not be flushed down the toilets either as the plastic can choke up drains.
They should be wrapped in newspaper and discarded along with the garbage. If your village or town does not have a daily garbage collection facility, it is better to burn them instead of letting them lie
What is a menstruation?
“Menstruation is the monthly shedding of the lining of a woman’s uterus (more commonly known as the womb). Menstruation is also known by the terms menses, menstrual period, cycle or period. (Cleveland Clinic)
What is menarche?
Menarche is the first occurrence of a menstrual period in a female adolescent. Girls start menstruating somewhere between the ages of 9 and 16 and continue to do so until approximately their early 50’s.
What is a menstrual cycle?
The time between the first day of a menstrual period and the beginning of the next one is referred to as a menstrual cycle. Usually, a typical cycle lasts for 28 days. However, this differs from person to person and can last anywhere from 22 to 45 days.
How long does menstrual period usually last?
A menstrual ‘period’, also known as menstruation, typically lasts anywhere from two to eight days. This varies from person to person.
How much blood does a woman lose during every menstrual period?
The amount of blood lost is small (2 to 3 tablespoons). However, women who have menorrhagia usually bleed for more than 7 days and lose twice as much blood.
Are periods painful?
Slight abdominal pain and cramping during periods are normal. The intensity and duration vary from person to person. This is due to the release of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins which stimulate contractions of smooth muscles, of which the uterus is one. But for some women, the pain is so severe that it keeps them from doing their normal activities for several days a month.
Why is menstrual hygiene important?
The majority of females have very limited or no knowledge about menstruation and the importance of personal hygiene while menstruating. Maintaining adequate hygiene during menses is necessary to prevent infections as well as for general comfort and easy mobility. Due to this lack of knowledge, many women follow very unsafe practices such as using unsanitary materials during their menses.