Is this your first period as an adolescent? This is a natural occurrence when growing up as a girl and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Most girls get their first experience around age 12. But getting yours between 10 to 15 is also normal in some cases. It may look like a lot, but it is only around 3-5 tablespoons. It might also be interesting to know that it’s not just blood that comes out during your period, but also the shed uterine wall. Also, it’s quite common to find blood clots in your period, so don’t panic.
When to start expecting your first period
During puberty, so many changes occur in the body of both male and female. Changes in girls are different from boys. Changes include:
- Around the time of your first period, your body becomes curvier than first. Hips begin to develop
- Also, breasts begin to grow bigger.
- When hair begins to grow between the armpits and other parts of the body, you should be expecting to have your period soon.
- Discharge is also one of the signs of menstruation during puberty. Some people discharge white or yellowish fluids during puberty and that is a sign of your first period. You might begin to wear panty liners.
How to manage your period
- Sanitary Pads: Sanitary pads absorb your menstrual flow as it leaves the body. This prevents you from soaking yourself in blood in public or at home. This is worn inside your underwear and hold in place. This needs to be changed at least 2 times a day.
- Menstrual Cups: These are not common but are small cups inserted into the female reproductive organ and they collect your flow. These are washable and reusable. These can stay for up to 12 hours on.
- Tampons: Tampons are made from 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 bin