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"My Daughters' Periods Are Terrible!"

This is something we encounter daily as gynecologists.  Patients will often have questions regarding their daughters.  Whether just starting their periods or have terrible periods.

When girls start their periods, it means that their reproductive function is becoming active.  She is doing what evolution dictates.  Mainly reproduce.  However, sometimes it doesn’t work out as smoothly as people think.

The reason is that it takes a myriad of “hormone-dance” in order to have the perfect cycle.  It is not uncommon for girls that start the pubertal process to have hiccups in this hormonal-dance.  The resultant fluctuations in hormones can lead to irregular and unpredictable periods, painful periods and heavy periods.  Not to mention mood swings.

So those of you out there that are experiencing this, know that it is normal in most instances.  However, there are things we can do to help these poor girls to feel better and cope better with their periods.  Talk to your gynecologists and they should guide you through these interesting times.


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Dr. Benjamin Chen


It's always good to understand this better. Thanks, Amy

Sunday, 08 April 2012
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