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.
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.
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Steaming is recommended as a way to support menarche. Monthly steaming is recommended starting at the age of 12 and on (or earlier if the menarche starts before then). Once menstruation starts, steaming should be done at the conclusion of every period as a pleasant way to transition back to normal routine and also as a preventative care practice to ensure that the uterus had a full cleanse.
It’s recommended to work with a Peristeam Hydrotherapist before the menstruation starts for the Menarche Steam Program for 3 months.
This program is recommended to help prepare youth for a healthy menstrual cycle over their lifetime. It consists of 13 Lessons that someone should know when they start their period. This program is recommended at the age of 11 or older but can be started earlier as well.
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. Steam therapists are also able to help in the following situations:
Steaming can be very helpful in the case of early menarche – age 10 or younger to naturally suppress the period.
Steaming can also be helpful in bringing on the start of menarche in cases of late menarche onset (age 14 or older).
Steaming is also used in the case of infections, labial adhesion, vaginal discharge, cysts, bumps and other such matters that sometimes youth deal with.