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Menstrual cramps in teens

Menstrual Cramps as known as Dysmenorrhea (pronounced as dis-men-o-ree-a ) is a common problem in teenage girls. And that is why it is often overlooked and not given much attention to. But the question is, why bear pain when you can treat it yourself?

Menstrual cycle or periods can be light and easy for some teenage girls, but for others, they can be heavy and along with painful cramps. Cramps are a huge reason why teenage girls miss their school, sports practices, and even may avoid social events and outings. Period cramps are severe pains in the lower belly which occur during periods. These occur usually during the first few days of periods. These period cramps are caused by a chemical named prostaglandin, which makes the muscle in the uterus contract resulting in pain.

Menstrual cramps should not be confused with PMS. PMS occurs before a girl’s period begins and get a lot better when the period starts. While menstrual cramps usually get worse the first day or two.

Menstrual cramps are of two types:

Primary: These cramps start soon after a girl gets her first period. They are usually lifelong but may get better over time.

Secondary: These are caused by another health problem, like an infection and starts later.

A teenage girl is more at risk for menstrual cramps under the following conditions:

  • Got her first period at an early age
  • Has long or heavy periods
  • Has a family history of menstrual cramps

Symptoms of menstrual cramps can occur a bit differently in each teen. Few of the most common symptoms are:

  • Cramping and pain in the lower abdomen
  • Low back pain
  • Pain spreading down the legs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Headaches

Treatment of menstrual cramps

  • Take a healthy diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Put a heating pad across the lower abdomen
  • Take a hot bath or shower
  • Acupuncture
  • Abdominal massage

If none of these help, you can consider taking Ibuprofen but consult a gynaecologist before taking any medication. Also, in order to understand what works best for you, what are your signs of PMS, and how often you get menstrual cramps, it is best to maintain a period diary. There are plenty of apps developed for the same task or you can simply download or print the Period Diary er have created for you here, https://www.teentalkindia.com/toolbox/article/53

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Wet dreams : A common ordeal for teen boys

Wet dreams are natural phenomena that happen especially during teen years

During the teen years, wet dreams happen to most boys. One day you wake up and find that your bed sheet is wet and sticky. Wet dreams are as normal as the occurrence of beard or mustache in boys and are a part of your development.

What is a wet dream?

Wet dream, also known as “nocturnal emission”, occurs when you ejaculate during your sleep. Although they are common in teenagers, even young men and some adult may also have wet dreams.

What is the reason behind a wet dream?

A wet dream results when you have a sexually arousing dream while sleeping, and as a result, your body releases semen through ejaculation. During the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep, it’s natural for guys to experience an erection. If you happen to have an arousing dream during this period of sleep, you will sometimes ejaculate.

You may have trouble remembering the dream or feel confused just after you have a wet dream. Some guys wake up because they feel like they are going to wet the bed. This is completely normal and nothing to be embarrassed about!

Can I prevent wet dreams from happening?

Although some people have ideas about how to prevent wet dreams from happening, there is no proven strategy for this. While having to change your sheets or clean up afterward may be embarrassing or annoying, keep in mind that wet dreams are a normal part of development.

If you are feeling uncomfortable about having a wet dream, talk with an adult you trust – a parent, a school counselor, your health care provider. Talking about it is the best way to allow you to feel more comfortable about this natural part of your development.

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