Most of the women remember when they got their first period. But don’t we all wish that we had been a little more prepared? Now that you are approaching your first period and you want to be ready for it, make an action plan so that you can go through it smoothly. It is the beginning of a new phase in a girl’s life that indicates fertility. Girls get all the information about menstruation while in school but some of their questions remain unanswered. We are here to answer all your queries.
1. After getting my first period, I didn’t get my next for sometime. Why?
Things will start to even out after 12-18 months of irregular menstruation. Every girl’s periods are different. It is just a sign that the body is working out its own rhythm. The periods will be sporadic for sometime and eventually establish a rhythm.
2. For how long will my periods last?
On an average the period will last between 4-7 days. It is normal to have irregular periods in the beginning. And in this time, the period can be as short as 2 days and as long as 7 days. The heaviness and length of the period depends on heredity.
3. My Periods are painful. I get severe abdominal pain during this time. Why does it happen?
It is not a matter of concern and is fairly normal to get pain during the first period and this can last upto many years. It is normal to have mild cramps during the period due to uterine contractions. Uterus tightens and relaxes. This can cause cramp like pain
4. What are the signs that I’m going to get my first period?
Generally a girl gets her period 2 years after the development of her breasts. Another sign is vaginal discharge that she can see on her underwear. After 6 months to 1 year of the discharge, a girl begins to get her periods. Also during periods the body becomes curvier and hair starts growing on different parts of the body.
5. At what age can I expect my first period?
Generally the age at which a girl gets her first period is 12-14 years. However sometime it can occur much earlier or much later and this is perfectly normal. So we cannot say for sure when you’ll get your first menstrual period but it will be sometime around puberty which can start at age 8 or as late as 13 or 14.
Women are tough! Why, you ask? Well they can bleed 5 days straight without dying. That’s just awesome.