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Growing to be A woman

Dr. Nidhi Luthra

Puberty is the time when a girl has to strengthen and support the nascent femininity. It is important to realise that at puberty each girl is growing to emerge into the beautiful womanhood and it is important to have a positive approach at this delicate time of life. Celebrating and acknowledging each change as it comes, by the woman as well as her family can transform this difficult time into a joyful experience.


Beyond the spurts of growth that marked childhood, a girl at puberty is all set to emerge into a woman. Puberty is a time of great inner and outer change. It is marked by physical changes such as development of br**sts, appearance of pubic hair and obvious changes in the skin and circulation and it culminates in the flow of first menstrual period.

Puberty is the time when a girl would perceive herself as a woman for the first time in her life. Amidst the wide hormonal, physical, emotional changes, a woman is growing. This is the time when healthy attitudes towards the body and s*x need to be built up in a girl. The changes are so fast and evident that managing this change becomes a tough task for the young girl. The pressure of managing this change builds up more with the changing attitudes of the family and the society.

The self-esteem and emotional stability begin to be challenged, as there is a constant flood and flux of physical and emotional changes, feelings and desires.

With the appearance of first menstruation, the development of br**sts and body hair and the development of s*x**l appetite can often lead to a confused mind. With an inability to manage this change and a confused mind follow a variety of health problems.

Health problems could be due to an inability to accept the change or could be the general problems that usually start occurring at puberty. A few common problems include acne, irregular menstruation, and defective development of br**sts, mental anxiety and depression.

Puberty is the time when a girl has to strengthen and support the nascent femininity. It is important to realise that at puberty each girl is growing to emerge into the beautiful womanhood and it is important to have a positive approach at this delicate time of life.

Managing Change
At this time of great inner and outer change, managing and accepting it is a challenge for every girl. Riding the changes with a positive note is important and requires openness and communication amongst all family members. Celebrating and acknowledging each change as it comes, by the woman as well as her family can transform this difficult time into a joyful experience.

The First Period
The wonder of the first period heralds a hesitant beginning to the next thirty to forty years of monthly bleeding. The period is a natural clock that comes on every month at around the same time.

Menarche: The first menstrual period during puberty usually occurs within 2-3 years of the beginning of growth spurt, the average age being around 13 years (10-16). A doctor should be consulted if the menarche has not occurred by the age of 16.

Once the menstruation has set in, it should occur at regular intervals, should have a normal flow and last for a normal period of time. The normal menstrual cycle is of 28 days and the menstrual period lasts for 4-5 days. The flow should be normal and without clots. Excessive or scanty blood loss during menstruation, irregular menstrual cycle, delayed or early menses can be reasons to worry for a woman. A woman should consult a specialist if any of the above irregularities occur. Homoeopathic remedies work wonderfully in all such cases bringing out a normal flow. Here, we give the common menstrual irregularities with their management.

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