Have you noticed changes with your daughter? 

Helping your daughter with her periods.

I help women who struggle with their periods and menopause so it is no surprise that when their daughters begin their periods they bring them to see me.

They tell me that their sweet little girl has almost changed overnight.  I reassure them and remind them that it’s important to understand that she hasn’t actually changed. It really is all about her hormones.

When a young girl enters into puberty and begins her period her body produces hormones for the first time.  Just like when you were pregnant with her and the pregnancy hormones kicked in. These hormones are new to your daughter and her body has to adjust.

The hormones are Estrogen and Progesterone BUT they don’t arrive at the same time so as well as having hormones to deal with there is a slight imbalance for a while.  Estrogen is the first hormone to arrive and progesterone follows later, it can in fact be up to one year later.  This is also one of the reasons why periods can sometimes be heavy and painful to begin with.  Once the progerestone kicks in the periods should become more manageable as things begin to balance out.  Progesterone also stimulates ovulation.

It can be a very daunting time for young girls especially as they can’t understand or explain their fluctuating moods.  Their periods might not be regular to begin with which can catch them unaware.   They might also be one of the first of their friends to have started their periods. Their skin may become more oily leading to spots which will make them feel self-conscious.

When I work with young girls I usually encourage them to download one of the many apps to track their periods.  It takes approximately 3-4 months to correlate some decent data to work with, but it means if they are feeling moody, or upset they can look at their app and realise “aha, yes I felt like that last month, it’s because my period is due in the next week”.

It encourages them to get in tune with their body and to learn to listen to it.  They can also record pain severity, from mild, moderate to severe.  The young girls that I work with love using their period app.

I recently worked with a young girl called Ellie* (name and details slightly changed for confidentiality reasons).  Ellie started her period aged 11.

Her Mum left her alone to talk to me during the consultation and after her initial shyness she began to talk to me freely.  She found it encouraging to hear from someone other than her Mum that how she was feeling was in fact normal.

She told me that there was only one other girl in her class that had also started her period.  She felt very self-conscious and was worried people would be able to tell and she felt smelly.  The day before her period she would get a dull low back pain and pains low down in her abdomen would begin, lasting for two days.  She would also get very moody for a week which would lead to arguments with her Mum.  She told me this was so upsetting because she loved her Mum and didn’t want to fight with her.  She would then spend her time either shouting or crying.  It was a very confusing time for her.

I prescribed Ellie a remedy that she could take when she had period pain.  I also gave her a remedy that took into account how she felt emotionally and to help balance her hormones.

As well as being self-conscious Ellie was very nervous and worried about any new situations such as meeting new people or being in large crowds.   I also took this into account when deciding on Ellie’s homeopathic prescription.

Ellie returned to me 6 weeks later for her follow up appointment.  She was confident and eager to tell me her progress and she engaged with me much more.  She said she loved her App. It really helped her to understand how she was feeling because she could also track her emotions.   She said it had helped her to realise that there was a pattern and there was nothing wrong with her.

She told me she wasn’t nearly as worried about new situations and she was helping her best friend by telling her what to expect when her period started.  She said her pain had been more manageable and she also took wet wipes with her in her school bag to freshen up during the day.  I asked her how she felt emotionally each month.  She said she still became a little bit moody but generally she didn’t think it was as bad.

I have since seen her Mum who is also a patient of mine and she said apart from a few little emotional outbursts the days leading up to her period she now seemed to be coping and she hadn’t complained of any pain at all.

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