July 28. 2009
During the teenage years, all normal young people suddenly become conscious of sex, striking changes start taking place within the body, producing new reactions that are often followed by deep feelings of guilt. How these peculiar problems are handled mean a great deal both at present and in the years to come. Bad companies and a lack of proper guidance may lead to a life of sorrow and tragedy. Many parents would not want to talk about sex, hoping that the young person will learn the true facts of life from someone else. Such sources of information are often faulty, and sometimes they are downright immoral.
A woman with premenstrual tension can trace the beginning of her illness to the fact that she was not told in advance about menstruation and such facts of life. She was either left in total ignorance, or perhaps given some scanty information, with the result that she becomes frightened and ashamed at the sight of blood at the time of menarche. This is certainly not fair to any girl. Long before this, she should have been told frankly what to expect. She should be informed that menstruation is a perfectly normal occurrence in the human female, and that these menstrual periods will continue every month for the next thirty years or more, except during the time she is pregnant.
By the time a girl is a able to menstruate, she already has enough reason not to feel ashamed or guilty. She should not be told that she is “sick”, for actually she is perfectly well. Menstruation and ovulation are simple physiological processes just like breathing. These are normal components of the reproductive process by which the human race is continued from one generation to another. Without menstruation and ovulation, it would be impossible to perpetuate the human race. Having begun her monthly period and ovulation, she is already a woman even though she is still growing and maturing.
The adolescence years of the girl child are frequently marked by stormy emotional upheavals that the girl herself may often find difficult to understand or explain.
A young woman’s menstrual cycle may be compared to the ebb and flow of the tides at the shore. Each month she passes through this ever-changing cycle.