We have answers for girls and ideas for parents. Do not worry about talking about periods, sharing information and advice is the best way to understand your period and have a happy month!
A girls' period: what you need to know
Have you just started your period? Or want to know what to expect? Your period is growing, it is nothing to worry about - it is an important part of growing up.
Your period is passing by your blood as part of a natural process to prepare your body for pregnancy. Now that your body is changing you can get pregnant, (and just before your first period too).
Your period happens once a month, and usually lasts between 2-7 days, but it may take a few months for your period to be regular and predictable, the first few may be light and irregular. You may find it useful to keep track of your period every month, to see when it is due and when it arrives. You can use an easy period app .
Signs of getting your period
Around the time of your first period, your body shape wants to become better, your hips and breasts will get bigger. You want to see more hair growing in new places, under your arms and around your vulva. These are all normal changes and part of growing up.
Your first questions
Your period does not have to be in the way of your life. It is normal and natural, and nothing to embarrassed or worried about. Here are some of the most common questions:
When do I get my first period?
Many girls get their period between ages 12-14, but it can start earlier or later.
My period just started, what should I do?
Do not worry! Tell a parent, friend or teacher. Adults or older siblings can help you to get the right information and products that you need. You can buy a great illustrated book that explains the changes in your body. Check it out here .
How long does my period last?
Periods usually last between 2 - 7 days but each body is different. If your period often lasts longer than 7 days, talk to a parent or a doctor.
How much blood do I want loose?
It may look like a lot, but it is only around 3-5 tablespoons. It might just come out of your vagina during your period, but also the shed uterine wall. So, it's quite common to find blood clots in your period, so do not panic.
Will anyone know I am on my period?
Unless you decide to tell, it's very unlikely anybody else wants to know that you are on your period. There are a few signs did might hint at the phase of the menstrual cycle you're currently in,: such as monthly pimples or acne-period, but probably nobody will notice or be keeping track apart from you. Be sure to wear a safe menstrual product, like a menstrual cup, and no one wants to be able to tell you menstruating. However, it is a good idea to ask a family or a friend for help if you feel worried. Never feel ashamed of your period.
Which product should I use?
You have a choice of products, take your time finding the right one, we explain more about products below.
Can I go swimming or play sports?
Yes! Some menstrual products let you exercise, swim and play sports as usual. Menstrual cups are one of the most popular among active menstruating people . Here are some good reasons you should actually exercise during your period.
How do I manage my period?
There are different menstrual products available. Find the right time solution for you, and take time to practice until you feel comfortable and confident. Always wash your hands before and after changing your period product.
Pads or towels are worn in your underwear and stick to hold in place. They absorb your menstrual flow as it leaves your body. Change your pad every 4-6 hours and dispose of being in the rubbish.
Tampons are made of a cotton material and are carefully inserted into your vagina where they absorb your menstrual blood. They must be removed and changed every 4-6 hours. Dispose of in the rubbish.
Menstrual cups are small cups that are inserted into your vagina, like tampons. They collect their flow and can be worn for 12 hours. They are made of a very healthy material and are washable and reusable - so they are good for the environment too! Check Get Started With a Menstrual Cup to find out more or order yours here.
A first period (also known as menarch) is a special event! Spend time with your kid to celebrate the start of a new chapter in their life. Sharing knowledge and experience is important to help you feel comfortable and confident about the changes that are happening to your body.
Preparing with correct and updated information for the first period can prevent worry. Let them know they are normal and they can still enjoy their childhood. Just because their period has arrived, they do not want to be rushed into becoming an adult.
Talk from experience, let's you know that all menstruating teenagers go through it, and you did too. Show her the menstrual health products available, how to use them and how to make them feel comfortable.
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