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Emotional Reactions to Menarche Among Mexican Women of Different Generations

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This study explored the information received about menstruation by Mexican women as well as their reactions to menarche. The most important topics that teenagers, young women, and middle-aged women were informed about were menstrual hygiene and physiology. In contrast, senior citizens were more informed about hygiene and activity restrictions. Regarding their reactions to menarche, teenagers and young women reported being confused. Positive reactions were reported only by older women who had knowledge about menstruation prior to menarche. Finally, younger women were more likely to present ambivalent reactions to menarche, probably because they are exposed to mixed messages which are often contradictory, resulting in more confusion and ambivalence.

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The authors wish to thank Thomas Hunsberger and G. Andrew J. Gilchrist for reviewing the translation of the text into English.

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Marván, M.L., Morales, C. & Cortés-Iniestra, S. Emotional Reactions to Menarche Among Mexican Women of Different Generations. Sex Roles 54, 323–330 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9002-6

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Keywords

  • Menarche
  • Menstruation
  • Menstrual education