If you’ll ever get to talk to your grandmother's about your menstrual health, you’ll be astonished to know that most of them got their menarche - i.e. they got their first period when they were above fourteen - more specifically, an average of sixteen was more prominent for an adolescent girl growing up in the late ‘50s or ‘60s. Over the years, statistics show that the average age of menarche got preponed to twelve or as a recent study shows, ten years young in some regions of the world. It has been found that countries like India or any other region in tropical latitudes are more susceptible to an early age period than regions in temperate zones of the earth. Why so? Let’s begin by understanding the factors that influence menarche in young girls.

Stressed Lifestyle Regulated With Sexual Health

A lot of young girls are subjected to a stressed lifestyle owing to academics, athletics and a full time performance pressure to do well in all aspects of life leading to a worrying tendencies. The pressure often combined with stress leads to an early sexual maturity which starts the menarche abruptly. In such cases, an early menarche can also lead to irregular periods and various other menstrual complications.

External Factors Affecting Sexual Maturity

With a rising trend of a convenient lifestyle, young bodies are often tricked into believing that they are ready to hit puberty physiologically which is so not the case in reality. With a few evolutionary changes in our physiology, the body is also subjected to various other changes like temperature and conditioning in the immediate environment owing to global warming. These factors also trick the body to enter puberty earlier than expected to be able to mature sexually early on in life.

Genetic Trends For Sexual Wellness

While nobody would deny that humans are getting genetically evolved with slow pace or rather fast if we analyse the statistics for evolutionary trends in human genealogy, it has also been changing a few basic trends and timelines for a human body. Menarche and Menopause are some of those trends. These evolutionary and genetic trends are heading towards a better survival and continuation for species - thus, leading to an early menopause for the same. While we can do so little about the same, it’s important that we educate our girls and boys about the menstrual cycle to help them better understand the do(s) and don’t (s) surrounding the topic. The better we are aware, the better we are adept to tackle it.

How Does Ayurveda Help?

Ayurveda has played an important role in overcoming the dosha imbalances and boosting the resilience of body against external factors. So at times when the climate isn’t helping the mankind’s health, we can trust Ayurveda to do so. Herbs like sesame or jatamansi are excellent regulators of menstrual health and even regulates the maturation of ovary follicles when the body hits puberty. Healthy habits like yoga asanas, e.g. Garudasana, Dhanurasana etc. are remarkable postures to keep the menstruation under regulation and prepares the body for adolescence. Even concoctions involving ginger and tulsi help. At the end of the day, it’s extremely important to take care of the body with respect to diet, inner dosha balance and temperature of the body for a well balanced menstrual cycle.