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1. I got my very first period 6 days ago. The flow was heavy, and not light as it should be. I first realized I had it when I saw a brown patch in my underwear. I put on a pantyliner thinking I was going to be OK, but I wasn't. About 1 1/2 inches of the side of my underwear was soaked and I had to change the pantyliner within 3 hours. That night was a nightmare. I overlapped two pantyliners and went to bed. That morning a bright red spot the size of a quarter was on the back of my underwear and blood was on the seat of my shorts. The remaining days of my period were heavy and light. It should come to an end soon (finally, what a pain!)Sorry if this was a nonsense question and not really something I should worry about, I'm a big worry-wart.

2. So far I haven't told my mom that I got my period, I only told my cat. I have been sneaking pads from our vanity and plan on getting away with not telling her. But when it comes to infections and other stuff, I have a little book, this website (great one, too!) and my very supportive friend. Can I get away without telling her? It would be like murdering somebody if I had to tell her (we don't have the best relationship).


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Some first periods are heavy, it likely just means you'll have heavier periods than other women. It's not a problem, unless you find it interfering with your life, or causing you great pain.

And, well . . .she'll probably figure it out eventually. You don't have to tell her, but trying to avoid it might not accomplish much. Would it be better p'raps to write a quick note saying you've started, you're cool with it, and would she mind picking up X type of pads next time she's out?


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Just as a practical point, pantyliners really aren't designed for period bleeding - they're just designed to cope with vaginal discharge or spotting. Which is why they're so thin and small Even a totally normal period will be too much for a pantyliner to cope with. So I suggest you get hold of some actual pads instead, okay?
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