First Period

The Full Guide to a Girl's First Period

Your first period is not something you need to hide. This guide is full of useful tips and FAQs to help you understand and manage your first period.


Menstrual-Cycle Symptoms

A few days before your period starts, you might notice that your breasts feel a little sore or that your stomach is achy. You may get acne, feel tired, or go to the bathroom more often. It is all caused by your menstrual flow. But you might also feel like you normally do. It does not sound glamorous or fun, but having periods means you can create life.


Period Products

The product you choose is totally up to you; different people prefer different products. And you might use a variety of products, depending on where you are at. It is your decision. Simply make sure you feel comfortable and confident with the products you choose.

Pads: Pads are the most used period product, and there are lots of different kinds. Pads vary in thickness, absorbency and length, but all of them stick to your underwear to stay in place while they absorb period blood.

Liners: Panty Liners are much smaller and thinner than normal pads. They are great for when the menstrual flow is weaker, towards the end of your period, or simply for regular daily discharge.

Tampons: Tampons are designed to absorb period blood by being inserted into the vagina. Just like pads, they come in different sizes. The choice of product size depends on your blood flow and has nothing to do with the size of the vagina.



Q: Is menstrual blood different from regular blood?

A: According to Healthline, period blood is different from regular blood. it's less concentrated and has fewer blood cells than ordinary blood. Menstrual blood contains a bit of blood, uterine tissue, mucus lining, and bacteria.


Q: Can you pee with a tampon in?

A: Yes, you can pee with a tampon in. The urine comes out of the urethra, and the tampon is inserted into the vagina – two separate parts of your body.


Q: Can you exercise when you have your period?

A: Go for it! Exercise will actually help relieve any cramps.


Q: Can you go swimming when you are on your period?

A: Yes, go swimming – simply use a tampon! The tampon will not fall out as long as it is inserted properly. And no, sharks will NOT attack you simply because you have got your period while you are swimming in the ocean. (That is an old myth about periods.)


Q: Is there a normal length of time that your period should last?

A: The length of everyone’s period is different – the average is around five days, but it could last anything from about two to seven days.


Changing Perceptions

Do not assume someone has their period simply because they are angry, anxious or sad. Moods actually change throughout the whole menstrual cycle. So, instead of judging someone, let us support, encourage and empower them.


Talking About Your Period

It might be uncomfortable to talk with your parents or caregivers about getting your period, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. The adults in your life will not be surprised when you tell them; they know it is coming. Your period is personal, so own it and talk about them in a way that you are comfortable with.


The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.



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