No shame if schools monitor periods of students! . . .
Periods should not be hidden from public view.
When we were in school, we used to ask our teachers all sorts of questions on sex. We never asked our parents.
We also asked each other.
Period checks should not be dismissed as tradition practised by senior students on their juniors.
The Ministry of Education should prepare proper guidelines for teachers on periods, personal hygiene, sexual topics, sexual harassment, rape and incest.
Periods are nothing to be ashamed about or hidden from public view.
It must be discussed openly and transparently to prevent tragedies like malignant cysts, benign cysts that interfere with periods, miscarriages, fertility problems and the like.
Having said all that, there’s a case for teachers as well besides parents to monitor periods and help ensure that children are going into adulthood without problems that should be referred to the hospital.
Girls are happy if they feel complete women with no fertility problems.
Boys are happy if they are growing up to be men and feel virile, ready to sow their oats.
Hormone imbalances can be detected early and probably rectified.
Generally, girls should get regular periods between 9 and 13. Delayed periods indicate hormonal imbalances.
The absence of periods may indicate other problems including the womb missing or incomplete or cysts that turn out to be malignant.
We don’t have to be subject matter experts to confirm what’s happening in our bodies.
Only we can tell the doctor what he or she needs to know to enable proper evaluation and diagnosis.
Doctors begin by asking patients how they feel and getting into their history.
Discomfort can be the first sign that something may be wrong with us.
Everyone has these stories.
If there’s nothing medically wrong with us, we may need counselling, psychiatric care and day care.
Based on personal experience, we can tell that there are other signs like headache, giddiness, grogginess, fainting spells, feeling drunk without having taken hard drinks, difficulties in co-ordination and walking, slipping in and out of consciousness, low energy spells, tiredness, lethargy, disturbances in the sleeping pattern, nightmares, visits during dreams or nightmares by those who have moved on, pain, bleeding, fever, visual disturbances, lumps, growths, unusual discharges and abnormalities in the urine and stool and urinary tract infections which may travel up and cause kidney problems.