Boys, Period and Everything in Between

For a long time, periods were seen as an exclusively female experience. But did you know that boys can also get periods? Though it is much less common than in girls, male menstruation does exist. Let’s take a look at what this means for teen boys and their families. 

Boys, Period and Everything in Between


What is Male Menstruation? 

Male menstruation (also known as “male periods” or “menstrual-like bleeding”) is when males experience bleeding from the penis instead of the vagina. This typically happens due to a hormonal imbalance caused by low testosterone levels in the body. While rare, male periods do happen and can be quite alarming for those who don't know what it is. 

Common Causes Of Male Menstruation 

There are several possible causes of male menstruation, ranging from benign to serious health concerns. Some of the most common causes are hormone imbalances, urinary tract infections (UTIs), prostate inflammation, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and psychological issues like depression or anxiety. It's important to talk to your doctor if you think your son may be experiencing male menstruation so that any underlying issues can be addressed quickly and properly. 


How To Talk To Your Son About Male Menstruation 

If your son has started experiencing male periods, it's important to have a conversation about it with him so that he knows what's going on and isn't alarmed or embarrassed by it. Let him know that he's not alone—male menstruation does happen—and make sure he knows where he can go for help if needed. Additionally, emphasize to him that there is no shame in asking for help or seeking medical advice if he needs it.                             


Male menstruation may seem strange at first glance but rest assured that it is completely normal! If your son starts experiencing any kind of period-like bleeding from his penis, it's important to learn more about the potential causes and talk openly and honestly with him about what he may be going through. With some knowledge and understanding on both sides, this situation can be handled with ease!


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