Menarche is when menstruation starts. On average it occurs at the age of 13 though this age varies per person.
Menarche is a sign of adulthood. Menstruation is most commonly known for its role in procreation but it is also an important process to keep the uterus healthy and to regulate hormones (the endoctrine system). Uterus health is important for overall health and well-being.
The first menstrual cycle is the first chance to give the uterus a health checkup and ensure that the menstruator will have a healthy pain-free relationship with their uterus and cycle.
Early menarche (age 11 or earlier) may be a sign of Uterine Fatigue.
Late menarche (age 14 or later) may be a sign of Blood Deficiency or Uterine Stagnation.
Menarche is acknowledged in western medicine but there are not any recommendations, check-ups or treatments for this time.
Birth control may be prescribed for menstrual pain or acne.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Menarche is seen as the First Golden Opportunity – a chance to impact the health of the entire life cycle. It is a time to care for and nourish the body to the utmost extent possible.
Early Menarche, Late Menarche
Nourish the blood, kidneys and internal fluids in order to support the body’s additional blood production.
Steaming can be very helpful in the case of early menarche – age 10 or younger to naturally suppress the period.
It can also be helpful in bringing on the start of menarche in cases of late menarche onset (age 14 or older).
-Menarche Education (see a Peristeam Hydrotherapist)
-Womb Cleanse Care Guidelines (rest, no plugs, warmth, nourishment, no inversions)
-Coming of Age Ceremony
-Post-Period Evaluation (see a Peristeam Hydrotherapist)
-Blood Deficiency Food Therapy Guidelines (Blood tonic herbal formulas, focus on digestion and absorption, protein/iron/B vitamins/vitamin C. Eat last meal by 6pm or earlier allowing digestion a chance to rest at night, which frees up the liver for cleaning and generating blood.)
-Stagnation Food Guidelines (No night eating, reduce fat/oily foods, avoid cold foods/beverages. Eat last meal by 6pm or earlier allowing digestion a chance to rest at night, which frees up the liver for cleaning and generating blood.
-Moisturing/Cooling Food Guidelines (hydrate, eat 50% fruit and veggies, yin tonics)
STEAM THERAPIST (Peristeam Hydrotherapist)
It’s recommended to work with a Peristeam Hydrotherapist before the menstruation starts for the Menarche Steam Program for 3 months.
After the first menstruation a consultation with a Peristeam Hydrotherapist should take place in order to do a menstrual cycle analysis to make sure there are not any menstrual cycle imbalances or unnecessary negative side effects. If there are any imbalances the Peristeam Hydrotherapist will make a steam plan, herbs and schedule to target them.
It’s a great idea to have an acupuncture check-up after the first menarche as a way to support overall menstrual health and to give the body a boost of qi and herbs at this important health crossroads.
Abdominal Massage is a great way to honor the menarchee after the first menstruation (or later is okay if it has already been missed).
It’s great to have a support group of other teens also in their early menstruation years. This group can be a great way to encourage menstrual care and pampering among each other. Parents may be able to encourage and create space for a group like this by doing a coming of age ceremony.