Every year, a young girl presents to the office with the impending start ofÂ her menses (period).Â This is obviously a new chapter in their life that must be a little intimidating to say the least. A little time of education between the young woman and a loving mother, or even a caring physician can go a long ways in dispelling the fears they may have.
This week was not any different than another as Carrie presented with the same situation. She had noticed a discharge in her undergarments and had brought it to the attention of her young mother. This prompted an office visit where a bit of education and encouragement was given. All seemed well as she left the office much less concerned than when she had first come in.
I saw her mother a week later and heard the rest of the story. Once Carrie got home, the tears began to flow. I had told her that her period would probably start some time this summer, and that they usually end when you are about 51 years old (giving a little information to her young motherÂ during the same visit). Â Carrie interpreted that to mean that her swimmingÂ days were soon over. She thought that once she started bleeding, she bled forever. Â We had forgot to tell her that these periods stop. Once she realized that she would only bleed 5-7 days per month, things seemed better.