Pediatrics - Menstruation
IntroductionMenstruation is a normal and healthy part of a female’s life. Menstruation, commonly called a period, occurs each month in a fairly regular cycle. During this time the uterine lining sheds. A period usually lasts from five to seven days. Common symptoms include bloating, cramps, headaches, and mood swings. Symptoms can differ from person to person and from month to month.
The uterus is a pear-shaped organ where a baby grows in during pregnancy. The lining of the uterus undergoes cyclic changes to facilitate and maintain pregnancy. The uterus is joined to the vagina by the cervix. The vagina is a muscular passageway that extends from the cervix to the external female genitalia.
SymptomsMenstrual cycles, periods, and symptoms vary from month to month and from person to person. Periods usually last from five to seven days. Common symptoms include bloating, headaches, lower abdominal cramps, and breast tenderness. Your child’s moods may change, and she may feel more irritable or sensitive than usual. Your child may crave certain foods. She may feel tired and have difficulty concentrating
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Menstruation is a natural and normal part of the female menstrual cycle. Girls typically get their first periods at about age 12 or 13, but it may occur a few years earlier or later than that. Menstruation normally occurs each month until a woman reaches menopause, which usually takes place in her late 40s or early 50s. Menstruation subsides during pregnancy.
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