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In last blog we read that my son insisting on clarification on why I need to use sanitary napkins. My excuses for not telling him giving him reason were exhausting. Finally I gave in. Explaining menstrual cycle to 10 year old was a challenge.
Me: Before we actually turn to why I use sanitary napkin I want to ask you few questions. Suppose we are looking for a new house, will you choose place where electricity, water facilities available or you will go and start living in house where nothing is available and then start preparing bathroom and fit electric fittings??
Son: I will choose a house which has water and electricity.
Me: Means we first ensure that all facilities are available in the house before we start living there, right? The house needs to be maintained in “ready” mode. One does not know when someone will start living there.
Likewise, the nature has designed our bodies considering the future needs or functions of the body. Who conceives the baby??
Son: Girl or woman.
Me: Correct. So woman’s body is specially designed to carry a baby in her womb or uterus. The nature keeps a woman’s body in “ready” condition before baby is ever conceived. It doesn’t know when a baby will come there.
Now once again I will ask you a question. What do we do if we do not require something in the house?
Son: We give it to someone else or we throw it if it is not usable.
Me: Right! Using the same analogy now tell me what does our body do with something that’s not required? For example what does our body do with undigested food?
Son: Throw it out by way of potty or may be urine??
Me: Correct. Now let’s go back to our main topic. Woman have an organ called ovaries which are part of our reproduction system. Every month the ovaries release an egg. The egg can fertilize only if it meets a gene from father. At the same time a thick lining/ layer is formed in uterus so that fertilized egg, if any, can grow there. If the egg does not meet father’s gene then the egg will not fertilize. Now you tell me if there is no frtilized egg will our body require thick lining?
Me: If our body does not require thick lining what will our body do??
Son: Ummm.. throw it out??
Me: Yep. Exactly that’s what happens every month with women. When the uterus doesn’t find fertilized egg it throws the lining which is not required and when it is thrown out we don’t have any control over it and we need to use sanitary napkins. It happens once every month. Each cycle lasts for around 4-6 days.
After all this explanation my son’s mouth was wide open. All be could say was, “Mamma don’t ever tell me such bloody stories again”
Me: If you are going to ask me bloody questions then you are going to get bloody answers. Mamma tried to tell you that you are still you are young and need to wait for 1-2 years. She was trying to pursuade you again and again. But you didn’t listen. So you deserve them!!
Epilogue: My son got the answer for query. But after learning the answer he was somewhat shocked. It was not very pleasant conversation for him. With this dialogue he learnt one important lesson that if his mother asks him to wait for getting answers to certain questions then she has some genuine reasons and not because she does not want to answer. From then on he thinks carefully before asking questions. If I ask him to wait he shows patience! Isn’t that a big relief for mother of a curious kid?
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