Here are some good indicators of when to expect your first period
- 2 Years after your breasts begin to develop
- After you start to grow pubic hair and underarm here
- After you start to secrete vaginal discharge (the clear whitish fluid you see on your panties)
It may be weeks, months, or even a full year until you get your first period. So it’s a good idea to be prepared by always carrying pads with you.
It may be a little awkward or weird telling them but they are probably expecting it so they won’t be too surprised. Your mom and sister has gone through this before too so they know what to do :)!
If you get your first period at school and need supplies, you can go to your school nurse or your teacher if your teacher is a girl.
Every girl’s body is different and will go through puberty in a way that is right for her body.
Most girls get their first period between the ages 9 to 16.
Bleeding from your period isn’t like bleeding from a cut so it doesn’t hurt in that way.
But the muscles in your uterus work hard to push it out your period and sometimes that causes cramps that may hurt.
Your period dribbles out a little at a time, with most of it coming out the first couple days when your flow is heaviest.
Not all girls bleed the same amount. It varies from girl to girl and from period to period.
Not all girls have 28 day cycles. Lengths of cycles vary from girl to girl and can vary from period to period. Some girls have shorter cycles and some girls have longer cycles and that is completely normal.
Placing a hot water bottle on your tummy will help relax your muscles and relieve you of cramps. That usually does the trick but there are lots of other things you can do too.
Learn more with our Ultimate Guide to Relieving Menstrual Cramps.
You have probably heard some period myths but despite what you may have heard, when you have your period:
- You CAN wash your hair
- You CAN eat cold foods (ice cream included!)
- You CAN eat fried foods
- You CAN exercise
- You CAN go swimming
- You CAN go outside
What are some other period myths you’ve heard? Ask your mom and grandma. They might know some other ones too!
You can eat iron rich foods such as meat, dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and eat foods high in vitamin C that will help absorb the iron such as oranges, bell peppers, and strawberries.
Some of these symptoms may include:
- Menstrual cramps
- Breasts feel tender
- Changes in Appetite
- Food cravings
- Constipation & Diarrhea
- Feeling bloated
- Feeling moody
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling tired
You may not experience all of these symptoms or any of these symptoms at all. Every girl experiences a different set of symptoms.
Depending on your flow and what type of pad you are wearing, this may vary from 2 to 4 hours. You can change your pad when it is partially saturated or until it is completely saturated.
The pad will absorb all the water and we don’t want that to happen! If you want to swim during your period, you need to wear a tampon or a menstrual cup.
Tutorial: How to insert a tampon with an applicator
Tutorial: How to insert a tampon without an applicator
But before you use tampons, you need to understand how to use it properly and how to use it safely to avoid TSS (toxic shock syndrome).
Tampons are different from pads because they fit inside the body. When using tampons, you need to remember to change them frequently and use an absorbency that matches your flow.
Instead of flushing them just wrap them up in toilet paper and dispose it in the trash like you would with a pad.
Tampons are worn in the vaginal canal which leads to your cervix. Your cervical opening is much too small to let a tampon go anywhere so it is pretty much a dead end.
But if it does happen, don’t worry because the tampon is not lost and you can still get it out easily. Put your finger inside to feel around for it and pull it out. If you still cannot remove it, you can see your doctor and they can easily remove it for you.
It’s a clear whitish mucus like fluid secreted by your vagina. It is completely normal and keeps your vagina clean and healthy.
The amount secreted varies throughout the cycle. Sometimes it may feel like your vagina is leaking or drooling all day and this is completely normal too. You can wear pantiliners to help you feel fresh throughout the day.
Overtime you may notice that gusset may become lighter in color or even have holes in it. This is normal. You can wear pantiliners to protect your panties.
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