Let’s Talk About Menarche: A Clear Picture of the Beginning of the Periods

Menstruation is a vulnerable topic and has a variety of symptoms that can be hard to manage. The first menstrual cycle that a female experiences is called menarche. Menarche occurs at different ages, and from medical and social perspectives, it is considered the central event of female puberty. Experiencing menarche can be challenging and confusing, leaving a young woman with many questions. It is essential that before and during menarche, young girls feel supported and are given the proper education on how to manage their cycles and their menstrual symptoms. It is never too early to talk about menstruation. Young girls’ bodies are continuously developing, and they may have questions about the functions of their bodies way before menarche occurs. It is essential to give clear and accurate information and not load them with a ton of information at once. Some girls may not ask questions or show interest in learning about menstruation; it is up to the women in their lives to start the conversation.

How to Start a Conversation about Menstruation:

  • Ask her about what she knows about menstruation. If any information she does know is incorrect, give her the correct information.
  • Supply her with resources such as books, websites, or pamphlets that she can read if she feels uncomfortable with the topic.
  • Share your menstruation stories with her, especially your menarche story, so she knows what she can expect.

Important facts your conversation should convey:

  • Menstruation is a natural and integral part of a woman’s life which happens to every female; so are not alone.
  • What is menstruation, and why do women menstruate? Every 28 days, one of our ovaries releases an egg during ovulation. During that time, a woman’s hormones change to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. If the egg does not fertilize and no pregnancy occurs, the egg passes out of the body through the uterus, resulting in a period. During the same time the egg is being passed, your uterus lining is also being shed through the vagina.
  • The connection between menstruation and reproductive capabilities.
  • Correct details about the cycles; beginning, end, and intervals.
  • Details about menstrual symptoms, their effects, consequences, and the correct management.
  • Last but not least, it is essential to educate them about the types of sanitary products, how to choose the right menstrual products for themselves, and the suitable sanitation method to make them feel comfortable during their cycle.


Menarche might be a challenging topic initially; educating girls on the right point can ensure their good health and help them avoid uncertain situations. Hence, ensure a proper supply of correct information about menstruation so they can know what to expect. Answering all the questions young women may have can set them up for a successful period and can help them still have confidence during a vulnerable time.

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