Understanding Menstrual Flow: A Natural Process in a Woman’s Body

In this informative video, Muthoni Monicah, a BcSN/RN/RH practitioner, dives into the topic of menstrual flow or the menstrual cycle. She addresses common questions and misconceptions surrounding menstruation, aiming to empower young girls and women to embrace this natural bodily process without shame or stigma.

Monica starts by explaining how menstruation is a normal and essential part of a woman’s reproductive system. She delves into the role of hormones in controlling the monthly cycle, highlighting the key reproductive organs involved, such as the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus (womb).

As Monica elaborates on the menstrual cycle, she clarifies that the purpose of the uterus lining, called the endometrium, is to provide a nourishing environment for a potential pregnancy. If an egg is fertilised, it travels to the uterus to implant and develop into a baby. However, when fertilisation doesn’t occur, the uterus sheds its lining in a process called menstruation.

Monica emphasizes the importance of understanding the materials used for menstrual protection. Whether choosing pads, tampons, or menstrual cups, she advocates for hygienic options made from 100% natural materials. Absorbency is crucial to prevent discomfort and maintain proper hygiene, as blood left on the surface can create a conducive environment for bacterial growth.

Maintaining hygiene during menstruation is essential, and Monica shares practical tips. She advises taking baths at least twice a day and emphasizes the significance of wiping from front to back to prevent the transfer of bacteria from the anus to the vagina.

Addressing the discomfort that some women experience during menstruation, Monica provides strategies to manage pain and cramping. She suggests engaging in activities that distract the mind from the pain, such as taking walks, focusing on studies, or doing household chores. Additionally, using a hot water bottle on the lower abdomen or taking over-the-counter antispasmodic medications can help alleviate severe pain, although seeking medical advice is recommended in such cases.

By the end of this video, viewers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the menstrual flow, dispel common misconceptions, and acquire practical tips for maintaining hygiene and managing discomfort. Join Monica as she sheds light on this natural and vital aspect of every woman’s life.

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