Here is our science interview homework about menstruation. I interviewed my mom and aunties about it. I hope you enjoy it!

A. What is the average number of years that they were menstruating?

  • The number of years that my respondents have been menstruating ranged from 3-33 years, with most of them averaging 24 years.
B. What did they experience whenever they menstruate?
  • It varied from woman to woman. Aside from bloody and some tissue discharges, a lot of them experienced abdominal cramps, bloatedness, headaches or even migraines, lightheadedness, lower back pain, general feeling of tiredness, food cravings, pimple breakouts, breast tenderness, irritability and sudden mood swings. One of them even experiences diarrhea and being extra sensitive and emotional, which makes her prone to crying spells.

C. What were the pre-menstrual symptoms that these women experience?

  • Except for the actual discharge of blood and body tissue, the pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) they experience, which occur 2-3 days before the menstrual period actually begins, are the same ones I cited in the previous question, with abdominal cramping, bloatedness, headaches, food cravings, irritability and mood swings being the most common.

D. Where did they learn about menstruation?

  • All of my respondents had their mothers to thank for primarily, along with older sisters, female cousins, relatives and friends. Additional knowledge was reinforced in school by their teachers.

E. What did they feel about this information?

  • They all felt grateful because being aware of what happens during menstruation and its effects on their bodies helped them in allaying any fears or misconceptions they might have about the whole process. Armed with the proper knowledge and support, it helped prepare them physiologically, mentally and emotionally even before they experienced their first menstrual period. It also taught them on how to take good care of their body and how to deal with the changes and feelings that go with it.

F. In their opinion, why should males know about menstruation?

  • It is imperative that I, even if a male, should have a good grasp of the concept of the menstrual cycle, which is a natural phenomenon that every girl/woman undergoes, because I am constantly surrounded with women, whether she be my mother, sister, relative or friend. Aside from knowing how different a man’s bodily functions are with that of a woman’s, having a good perspective on what women go through during their monthly period would help me better understand them, and help me to support and interact with them more effectively.

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2.In a separate PARAGRAPH, answer the following:

A. How did you feel about the idea of asking women about menstruation?
What if you were asked to do the same, except it was through a face to
face interview?
B.  Was there something new about menstruation that you learned during
this activity? Explain your answer.
C. Is there anything else that you want to know about the topic?
I felt hesitant and to be honest, quite embarrassed because I wouldn’t know how the respondents would react as I felt that the topic was a very personal/private matter for them. I was not sure how far they would go along in answering the questions. That is why all the girls/women I requested to help me in this activity are very close to our family. Good thing it was not done face to face, or else, I would definitely be more embarrassed than I already was at that time, and would be hesitant to probe/impose on them. I am very grateful that all my respondents were very generous not only with their time, but with the effort they put in answering the questions as honestly as possible. Learning the physiological and behavioral changes that occur in a woman’s body during menstruation, I realized that what they go through during their monthly cycle is not easy. The one thing that I value the most is that I now have newfound respect and understanding for all women, which is very important as I am constantly surrounded by them. Through this activity, I now have a better perspective of what women go through. With the knowledge I gained, I can better equip myself in providing help/support to the women in my circle. I guess if there’s one thing that I want to know more about this topic is why women react differently to the process of the menstrual cycle, and what are the specific roles the hormones estrogen and progesterone play to bring about the different effects they have on women.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this!!