Your child will go through lots of changes in puberty. One of the most significant milestones is her first period. Most of the blood and tissue comes out in the first couple of days, but some girls will continue to have bleeding for up to seven days.
Skip to content. What is heavy menstrual bleeding? Heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, is a menstrual condition characterized by heavy or prolonged menstrual periods.
Back to Periods. Most girls start their periods when they're about 12, but they can start as early as 8, so it's important to talk to girls from an early age to make sure they're prepared before the big day. Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially with pre-teen girls, who can seem to get easily embarrassed.
Even though girls get their periods on a cycle, that cycle can take different amounts of time each month. For example, a girl might get her period after 24 days one month and after 42 days the next. These are called irregular periods. Irregular periods are very common, especially in a girl's first few years of getting her period.
It is quite common for some girls to have irregular periods during their first year of menstruation. However, it's not normal if she misses her period for 3 to 5 months in a row, especially if she has had a period regularly for some months before that. The medical term for not having periods is amenorrheaand when this condition goes beyond 3 months, then a trip to see your doctor is usually needed.
You are born with two small, grape-shaped ovaries inside of your belly on either side of your uterus. Ovaries are filled with hundreds of thousands of eggs. When you reach puberty and you are becoming a woman, your ovaries make hormones especially estrogen that cause breast development and menstrual periods.
Within a year or two of their first period, 50 to 75 percent of young women begin to experience painful menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea. Some cases of dysmenorrhea are eventually traced to the gynecologic disorder endometriosis, in which endometrial tissue is located in sites within the pelvic cavity other than the uterus. However, the majority of girls can be reassured that the cramping is related to the production of prostaglandins by the uterus, which is easily remedied.
Should I take her to see a health care provider, or is this typical? However, if she goes another three to six months without another period, make an appointment for her to see her health care provider. During a menstrual cycle, one of the ovaries releases an egg in a process called ovulation. At the same time, hormone changes prepare the uterus for pregnancy.
The menstrual cycle is how a woman's body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. A menstrual period is just one part of this cycle. A cycle's length is determined by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.