Remember, even though a home pregnancy test may claim to be accurate as soon as five days prior to your next menstruation date, the test will be significantly more accurate if you wait until a week after your missed period.
The pill is taken for 21 consecutive days of the menstrual cycle followed by a 'placebo' pill for 7 days, during which time menstruation occurs.Combination pills are not recommended for women who wish to breastfeed.
In the United States, menarche (onset of menstruation) typically occurs around age 12, although some youngsters start puberty when they are only eight or nine, others when they are well into their teens.
The first year or two of a girl's periods are not usually very painful; however, once ovulation begins, the blood levels of the prostaglandins rise, leading to stronger contractions during menstruation.
In teenage years, when demands for iron increase for rapid growth and to compensate for menstruation in girls, parents will need to pay attention once again to providing adequate food sources.