Talking about personal subjects like periods menstruation can make parents and kids feel a little uncomfortable. But kids need reliable information! Helping your kids understand their bodies will help them make good decisions about their health. Talking about periods shouldn't be one big talk at a particular age. Instead, start the conversation early and slowly build on your child's understanding. Girls and boys need reliable information about periods. So make sure you talk to your sons too!
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Michael Richards does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Menstruation is associated with smells, mess, blood, gore, impurity and disgust. Which is probably why many women say they feel uncomfortable talking about their periods. This is in part why a recent report has called for boys, as well as girls, to learn about periods and the menstrual cycle at school. Plan International UK , the charity behind the report, suggests there is a need to talk more about the issue as many girls feel embarrassed — with the menstrual cycle tarnished with stigma and taboo. Yet according to the Department of Education in England, discussing menstruation is technically part of the curriculum for science. Previous research has also shown that teacher attitudes and classroom resources may prolong the negative stereotypes associated with menstruation. And for many girls, this lack of support in the classroom can lead to feelings of shame around the whole subject. Some girls are even missing school because they cannot afford sanitary products.
Not just for girls
Like women, men experience hormonal shifts and changes. Testosterone levels can even vary from day to day. Some claim that these hormonal fluctuations may cause symptoms that mimic the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome PMS , including depression, fatigue, and mood swings. Yes, claims psychotherapist and author Jed Diamond, PhD.
Male menstruation is a term used colloquially for a type of bleeding in the urine or faeces , reported in some tropical countries. It is actually caused by parasite infestation of the urinary tract or intestines by Schistosoma haematobium , and cases of it are actually schistosomiasis , formerly known as bilharziasis. In some tropical peoples that work in wet places such as rice fields , most boys pick up Schistosoma , and start a big part of the bleeding, about puberty when they start working in the rice fields, and uneducated locals think that it is normal and refer to it as the male equivalent of female menstruation , and call it by their native language word for "menstruation". In at least one case, it was reported that a boy in an affected area started work in a factory instead of the rice fields, and so did not pick up Schistosoma , and did not develop the bleeding, and his father took him to a doctor asking for investigation of primary amenorrhoea. Male menstruation is often the result of blood in the veins leaking out and flowing out the urinary tract. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.