The Olumo Lions Club, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has stressed the importance of girls, young women’s care and their grooming which it added promotes their good reproductive, psychological, mental and physical health.
This was the club’s submission during a health talk for students of the Catholic Comprehensive High School, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, as part of activities marking Year 2021 International Women’s Day.
During the talk which centred on Menstruation, delivered by Lion Chief Yemisi Soyemi, a retired psychiatric nurse, former president and current Treasurer of the club, sanitary napkins were also distributed free of charge to students.
Below is the full text of the health talk delivered on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, with members of the club, teachers, students and others in attendance.
The programme is to continue celebrating the female gender (women) all over the world. The Lions’ club international believe that girls and young women are our future and their care and grooming is very important to promote good reproductive, psychological, mental, and physical health to ensure and secure women future.
We are here to celebrate with you as girls who will become great women in various fields in life and also to highlight and boost your confidence concerning the unique natural occurrence that make us female/women/girls.
This thing occurs naturally every month and is known and refer to as MENSTRUATION or MENSES.
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
For menstruation to occur, it has a processor cycle which are in four phases/steps:
i. The regenerative phase: Commences by the third day after menstruation ceases. The endometrium or lining of the uterus or womb is reformed.
ii. The proliferative phase: This begins about five days after the cessation of menstruation and lasts until ovulation and takes place 14 days to the next menstrual period.
iii. The secretory phase: Corresponds to the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and commences after ovulation. The endometrial capillaries are distended with blood, this thick soft vascular membrane being adequately prepared for the reception of the fertilized ovum. If fertilization does not take place, the ovum dies, the corpus luteum disintegrate, and the endometrium degenerates followed by bleeding.
iv. The menstrual phase: This is characterized by vaginal bleeding, lasts for three, four, or five days and occurs every 28 to 30 days from puberty to menopause in a normal woman. Menopause is the terminal phase of the menstrual cycle. If the preparations made during the three preceding phases for the reception of a fertilised ovum is not fulfilled, they are discarded. The superficial layer of the endometrium is shed along with blood from the capillaries, the unfertilised ovum being expelled as well.
HEALTH CARE DURING MENSES
- General body cleaning
- Washing of hands before and after touching your private area or changing your pads.
- Change your pad at least 3 to 4 times a day.
- Eat balanced diet before, during, and after your menses.
- Take supplements to enhance your overall general physical wellbeing.
- Change your undies daily.
- Don not use toilet paper or tissue for menses, they are not might for it or manufactured for that purpose.
In celebrating this year’s international women’s day, we, the president and members of the Olumo Lions’ club congratulates and thank you and the school authorities for giving us the opportunity to serve you in our on little way. In Yoruba land, they say “Eyin ni o di akuko” meaning the young shall grow. We believe that in future, you too will be able to reciprocate in a big way to the younger girls of your time. Thank you and God bless.