During your period, you will lose between 2 and 8 tablespoons of blood. Don't worry, this is normal and nothing to be concerned about.
First Period Guide
We've made a really simple guide for you to use to know what to expect when your period arrives and when puberty progresses.
Whether you have yet to have your first period, or you're already started, you're already on your way.
Reaching puberty means you are growing up. It is a special time in your life and should be celebrated. It means that your body is functioning normally and one day, you will be able to have babies.
Your uterus is the place where babies grow. A period happens because of hormone changes.Ovaries release the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus (or womb) to build up in order to get ready for a fertilised egg to attach and start developing. If there is no fertilised egg, the lining breaks down and bleeds - this is your period.
A period typically happens every month for 3-7 days and is the process by which the uterus sheds its lining. This results in bloody fluid making its way from your uterus and trickles out of your vagina.
When your period first begins, it is normal for it to take a bit of time before it starts to follow a regular monthly cycle.
This cycle is called the Menstrual Cycle.
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1. Hair growth in your public area and under your arms.
2. White vaginal discharge (you might noticed white/milky liquid coming out of your vagina and on your underwear).
3. Feeling discomfort and cramping in your lower back and abdominal area. These are called menstrual cramps and they happen when hormones are released from your uterus before and during your period.
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4. Emotional changes ranging from sadness to irritability.
Here are some common words to understand
Menstruation: This means "having your period". This is the part of the menstrual cycle where the wall of your uterus sheds and it leads to you bleeding for between3-7 days every month.
Menstrual Cycle: The regular cycle of changes that your body goes through that is regulated by hormones and results in your period.
Puberty: The process a child's body goes through as they begin to develop and approach adulthood. Puberty includes growing pubic hair, developing breasts, growing taller and starting your period.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms such as bloating, mood changes and headaches that some people experience leading up to and during their period.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS): A serious illness that can be caused by a specific bacteria if you leave tampons and cups in for longer than recommended. Don't worry, this is extremely rare and preventable if you are careful about changing tampons and cups at least once every 6-8 hours.
Pads and liners are period products that have been made to stick to youryour underwear to collect period blood. or vaginal discharge fluid. There are a range of different types of pads, including reusable and disposable options.
Tampons are cotton plugs that are inserted into the vagina to absorb period blood. Don't leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours at a time because this can increase your risk of a serious infection called toxic shock syndrome.
A type of reusable period product that looks like normal underwear however collects blood throughout the day. Period underwear can be washed and reused again.
A silicon cup that is inserted into the vagina to collect period blood. The cup can be removed and emptied into the toilet, and then cleaned to be reused again.
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