Nigerian Pre-Teens Not Prepared for Menstruation

LisaHoly Hormones Honey!  Could not figure out the relevance of the picture that accompanies this article.  Turns out – it is a photo of Nigerian girls in a school press club visiting the press room of the local media.  Then I saw the irony of it all. Girls being taught about the ‘male’ world before they are even taught about the changes in their own body.

I posted the graphic to the left on Facebook this morning – but now I think it has to go right here!

Evidence-based and empowering menstruation education needs to be a part of every girl’s education.  Everywhere. If this is not taught, that girl will be shamed and victimized by her body through the most delicate years of her life.

Pre-teens should be prepared for menstruation –Gynaecologist

National Mirror – Nigeria

March 14, 2013


Regional Managing Editor Southwest Global Media Mirror explains newspaper production process to Press Club members of the Police Secondary School Ita Ogbolu

Parents have been advised on the need to educate the girl-child early about measures to take before they begin their first menstrual period.

A gynaecologist with the Garki Hospital, Abuja, Dr Kayode Obende, on Tuesday told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that “early information will guide the girl when she starts menstruation.”

He said some mothers were nervous and uncomfortable talking to the girl-child about the first signs of the first period.

The doctor said it was good for parents to be prepared with the facts, so that they could give the right answers that would help the girl.

“This is to avoid a situation where the only sources of information are the girl’s friends, as the information she gets from her friends may be inaccurate.The facts will help her to take care of herself during the menstruation,’’ he said.

Obende said a girl’s first menstruation could happen between the ages of nine years and 16 years, and that it was generally preceded by breast development, growth of pubic and armpit hair.

He said that the first menstrual period was called menarche and that pregnancy could occur even after the first period.

According to him, menarche varies according to genetic and cultural factors, as well as overall health and socio-economic condition of the girl.


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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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