Puberty is the period of development of the sexual organs. It starts by the age of 10 years in the girl child with the development of the secondary sexual organs followed by menarche, which is the first menstrual period.
Puberty in girls is the period of transition from childhood to adulthood. There are profound biological, morphological and psychological changes that lead to full maturity and eventually fertility. In a short time, the child takes on an adult like physique.
The physical changes that are evident during puberty are the development of the breast, pubic and axillary hair growth, growth in height and menstruation. These changes are gradual except the menarche, which can be dated.
The common problems in this age group are irregular menses, profuse menses and white discharge. Sometimes the puberty is delayed.
Delayed puberty is when the girl has not started menstruation by 18 years of age. There could be many causes for this delay- familial, or an excessive pre-occupation with weight that is common in this age group, leading to anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Sometimes chronic ill health, hormonal problems or extreme stress could be the causative factors. Most of these patients respond to reassurance, a good balanced diet, moderate exercises and constitutional homeopathic drugs like Pulsatilla, Natrum muriaticum, Kali carbonicum, Graphites and Lycopodium. If not, the patients need to be investigated for various anatomical defects of the genitals, chromosomal problems, or problems at the hypothalamic-pituitary or ovarian-uterine axis.
An irregular cycle is often due to a failure to ovulate. It could be heavy or prolonged. A proper explanation, adequate reassurance and psychological support should correct the emotional consequence. Homeopathic medicines like Pulsatilla, Cyclamen, Kali carbonicum, etc. would be of benefit to the patient.
For heavy menses, we have medicines like Calcarea carbonica, Phosphorus, Calcarea phosphorica, Sabina, etc.
Leucorrhoea or a white discharge is also a common complaint during puberty. If the discharge is white, non-irritating, non-offensive and is not associated with any urinary symptoms, then it is a physiological phenomenon. This can be corrected with the help of constitutional homeopathic remedies. However, an acute onset of leucorrhoea, with an irritation, itching and redness of the parts, may be due to a fungal infection. This responds well to homeopathic medicines like Borax, Alumina, Kreosote and Natrum muriaticum.
Some describe puberty as a period of “storm and stress”. The girl may develop a feeling of guilt, depression, a loss of interest in her usual activities or sleep disorders. Homeopathic remedies like Pulsatilla, Cyclamen, Natrum muriaticum, etc. may help her weather this storm.
Constitutional homeopathic treatment given at puberty would thus go a long way in preventing disease and maintaining the physical and mental well being of the patient.
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