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Everything a girl needs to know about her periods
Feinmann, Jane.
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Publication Information:
Portland, Me. : Ronnie Sellers Productions, [2003]

Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm
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QP263.F45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A book that will help young women prepare for and cope with menstruation. Parents, advisors, and young women agree that this title's contemporary design and down-to-earth text make it as appealing as it is instructive.

Author Notes

Jane Feinmann is a writer who specializes in health and well-being. She is the author of over 2,000 health-related news and magazine articles. Feinmann writes regularly for a number of national and medical titles including the Observer and The Lancet, as well as women's magazines and health Web sites

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-9. This small, square book offers a breezy overview of menstruation. A few cursory introductory spreads review body changes girls can expect during puberty. The majority of the book, though, focuses on the menstrual cycle, offering a description, day by day, of what many young women experience over a month's time. It's disappointing that a book designed to inform and reassure girls features only stylized illustrations of supermodel-glamorous young women with idealized Barbie physiques. The diagrams that accompany the text are also weak, and the book's interactive cover, with a movable wheel of period facts and a foldout calendar, isn't ideal for library circulation. But Feinmann encourages readers to become familiar with their bodies not only during their periods but also throughout the month, and she includes some interesting, rarely encountered facts: gums and mouth tissues may be more sensitive just before menstruation, for example. Younger girls with similar questions on the topic will want Lynda Madaras' excellent Ready, Set, Grow! BKL O 1 03. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

How to use this bookp. 6
Section 1 Body basics
You have your first period when...p. 8
The first period--the signalsp. 10
The first period--more signalsp. 12
Why you have a periodp. 14
What starts my periods?p. 16
The two big hormonesp. 18
From childhood to puberty: the outer signsp. 20
From childhood to puberty: the inside storyp. 22
From childhood to puberty: more on the inside storyp. 24
Periods are good for youp. 26
Your first periodp. 28
Section 2 Day-by-day
The whole month day-by-dayp. 30
Days 1&2p. 32
Days 3&4p. 38
Days 5 to 7p. 44
Days 8&9p. 50
Days 10 to 12p. 56
Days 13&14p. 62
Days 15&16p. 68
Days 17 to 20p. 74
Days 21&22p. 80
Days 23&24p. 86
Days 25&26p. 96
Days 27&28p. 104
Keeping a recordp. 112
Section 3 Help!
Help! answers to your questionsp. 116
How many periods will I have?p. 118
My periods aren't regularp. 119
What if I don't have a period?p. 120
My periods are too heavyp. 122
What should I wear--a tampon or a pad?p. 124
How do I use a pad?p. 126
How do I use a tampon?p. 128
What can I do to relieve cramps?p. 130
What should I eat?p. 132
What if I'm a vegetarian?p. 134
Food chartp. 136
What's an internal exam?p. 138
Words, words, words, a glossaryp. 140
Indexp. 142