Getting your periods for the first time can be intimidating. We’ve all had the moment when we are looking down at our underwear with blood spots and asking ourselves thousands of questions and wondering what the bloody hell is going on… don’t worry we have all been there. We know that growing up and becoming a teenager can be complicated and getting your periods is another one. So we decided to to put together in this article all of our biggest tips for dealing with your periods the very first time.
What to expect on your first periods ?
Most teens gets their periods between the ages of 10 – 14 but there is never a right answer to when exactly someone gets it. Periods will normally arrive two years after signs of puberty such as breast development, vaginal discharge or pubic hair growth.
Are there signs to look for before getting your periods ?
Some people get their periods without any warning which happens most of the time but for some they happen to get PMS such as acne, bloating, soreness in the breast, back pain, fatigue, food cravings, feeling very emotional… ( read article “ WHAT IS PMS ??” for more information)
Periods can happen anytime and anywhere, so it’s always best to be prepared for them. Remember that menstruation is a natural process and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Talk to someone you trust or a family member who can help you. Just because we have blood in our underwear doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.
What do periods feel like ?
One thing is certain: you will certainly be embarrassed, soaking wet and stressed all the time. Having your period for the first time, you will behave strangely. For instance how you might not want to sit in a chair for fear of staining. How you will be walking around with a sweater around your waist or always asking someone close if you are stained. But you are completely normal, this is a common behavior during our period.
Duration of Periods
Timing varies for everyone but it generally lasts from 2 to 7 days. If you have a lighter flow, you will have spotting with brown colored blood. On the other hand, if you have a heavier flow, it will start with brown blood but continue with red bright blood. ( Check out this instagram post for more details)
Survival Kit for your first periods
One thing for sure you will definitely is discomfort. Other symptoms include cramping in the lower abdomen, breast tenderness, lower backache, nausea and dizziness. These symptoms can be treated with any over the counter medication or ibuprofen. For a natural pain relief, try out essential oils or a heating pad. On another note, your underwear will feel wet for a week every month ( and maybe like the Niagara falls). As we all know, periods can arrive at anytime anywhere so it is best to be prepared in case.Here are some essentials you should have with you in your bag :
- Your go to hygiene product ( golden rule is to have two or three of each)
- Water bottle, drinking is important !
- Heating pad
- Snacks for craving
- Intimate hygiene products to clean yourself with when out in public