If you’re between the ages of nine and 15 and you haven’t had your first period yet, you should know that you’re completely normal. First periods, which are also known as “first menstruation”, happen at different times – and that’s okay. Still, you may be asking yourself “what are the signs of your first period?”.

With our helpful quick guide, you’ll learn the signs of your first period, and you’ll feel cool, calm and collected as you prepare to become a woman. Once you’ve menstruated, you are producing eggs (also known as ovum) that may be fertilized to make a baby. Male sperm is the fertilizer for ovum. This means that you are now able to get pregnant.

If you’re sexually active and you haven’t had your first period yet, you must be aware that it may come at any time and that you will soon be vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy. If you’re not currently using birth control, it may be time to change that. Parental advice on periods and sexual activity is important; however, if you’re too shy or fearful to talk to your mother and father about periods and pregnancy, visiting a family doctor or going to a walk-in clinic will be the best way to learn more about your reproductive system (and to seek out birth control).  Equally, there are numerous websites and online forums that provide excellent guides and tips on this topic.

Bear in mind that birth-control pills and other forms of contraceptives, such as spermicidal creams, birth control “rings” and birth control patches will never protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Using birth control along with condoms is the best way to protect yourself from risk as you engage in sexual activity before and after your first period. Never take chances with your health.

Signs of Your First Period

Bleeding from the vagina, whether sporadic or constant, is a prime indicator that your first period has begun. However, this is not the only signal that first menstruation is beginning. Some girls suffer from premenstrual symptoms that make them feel very different than they usually do.

Symptoms of your  period PMS (premenstrual syndrome) include moodiness, bloating, cramping (in the abdominal region), and weight gain. If you’re feeling a bit blue and kind of uncomfortable, or bursting into tears for no good reason, it may be a sign that you’re about to become a woman.

Rest assured that there are ways to deal with even the worst symptoms of menstruation. Examples of over-the-counter remedies that will ease pain and swelling include Advil, Midol and Tylenol. Your family doctor may also choose to prescribe more powerful muscle relaxants to soothe your cramps.

Moodiness will be helped by healthy eating, moderate exercise, and optimum fluid intake. Be sure to take care of yourself, as this will help to make even your first period less disruptive and annoying.

How Long Does a First Period Last?

A period will last from three days to seven days, depending on your system. The median average time that you will bleed is five days. Your period will be heavier at the start, and then taper off. Cramps are often worse at the beginning, during days one and two. By your third or fourth day, you should start to feel like your old self again.

You can absorb menstrual flow with tampons, pads, or liners. If you need help using these feminine hygiene products, be sure to ask your mum or a friend for help.

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