Let’s be honest; periods are a little scary to deal with, especially if it’s your first. Veteran menstruators will have a lot of horror stories to tell you about their first period. From waking up soaked in the middle of the night and thinking they’re in ‘The Sharks’ to lying to their parents about being injured in a bicycling accident, you would hear it all.
To make sure you don’t have to suffer the same fate, we bring you a list of tips, tricks, and hacks to make your first period the best one you could ever have.
You might also have a lot of questions like what are the first period signs or what does your first period look like? We will take them all up one by one.
Before that, let’s learn a little more about your first period.
WHEN DO YOU GET YOUR PERIOD?
You menstruate or get periods as a result of a process called puberty. Puberty is the time when your body becomes fully sexually prepared to make babies.
When your body is ready for reproduction, your female reproductive hormones or oestrogen levels increase. This increase in oestrogen thickens the lining of your uterus.
Your body is actually preparing a comfortable place for the baby to grow in during the nine months of pregnancy by lining the walls of the uterus with blood tissues.
When the pregnancy does not happen, the uterus sheds its lining, and it goes out of your body through the vagina in the form of blood and blood tissues.
This process is called menstruation or periods. This process repeats itself every month for all of your reproductive years till you eventually stop having periods.
AT WHAT AGE DO GIRLS GET THEIR PERIOD?
There is no standard age for getting periods, but you might get your period around 12 – 13 years of age, sometimes earlier or sometimes later than that.
As a general rule, the development of breasts is one of the earliest signs your first period is coming. It is believed that you get your first period around two years after your breasts start to develop.
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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF FIRST PERIOD?
Let’s look at some early period symptoms.
You might start your period without any prior warning, or you might experience first period symptoms such as:
Acne on your face and body
Sore and sensitive breasts
Feeling extra emotional, irritable
Craving sweet foods
Vaginal discharge that looks clear or white in colour
Signs of your first period might not be experienced by you in the same intensity that others get it.
TIPS FOR WHEN YOU GET YOUR FIRST PERIOD
Carry a pain reliever because your first period might be accompanied by cramps
Carry a clean pair of underwear.
Carry a pad for yourself or help your fellow menstruators in times of need.
Carry wipes for when things might get messy.
If you are in a situation where you don’t have access to sanitary pads, make use of tissues, clothes, or toilet paper.
For yourfirst period, make use of pads as they are fairly simple to use, and once you are more familiar with your periods and body, you can start exploring.
Leaks happen to everyone, if anything, we should be normalising them, not booing people who have them. If they happen to you, don’t feel embarrassed.
Once you start getting your periods, keep track of them, this will help you in predicting when another period is round the corner.
If you experience heavy flow during the first few days of your period and are worried about staining, make use of overnight pads. They are longer, wider, and last longer.
Sugar and salt water to combat nausea if you feel any
Dark chocolate to ease cramps
Maintain your usual fitness levels
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