Menstruation is connected with reproduction. At puberty (12-14 years of age) ripe ova begin to leave the ovaries periodically. Near the time of each period, the inner wall of the womb becomes spongy and filled with blood. If the eggs is fertilized , it normally becomes attached to this spongy wall and develops. If not fertilized, it does not so attach itself, but the fine blood vessels break, and the blood escapes in the menstrual flow. Menstruation is, therefore, a normal function. If it is disturbing, don't worry; consult a physician. Continue moderate exercise; take a warm, cleansing bath daily; use a proper diet. Bathing is not dangerous during the menstrual period if care be taken to avoid getting chilled. It is unhealthful not to bathe at this time. Avoid; constipation, over-exertion, emotional excitement, getting skin or feet chilled.
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