im 13 almost 14 heading to highschool and haven't had my period i wanted to know the symptoms that happen before u get ur 1st one. i want to be ready and not get freaked out by what happens the first time it happens. does it hurt? plz let me know?
Hey there Bubbly, welcome to Scarleteen. Cute name:P
Hopefully someone can give you some more info, but i'll start off. Every woman experiences menstruation differently. Some women get it quite young, some not til 16+. Colour and texture is varied: for my first bleed it was quite dark and brown so i didn't know what was happening! i was expecting bright red blood, like when you cut your finger or something. THAT'S what caught me unawares, the colour.
Since i'd never *had* a period before, i don't remember experiencing symptoms beforehand, like cramps, mood changes through hormone fluctuations, etc, because i didn't know what they'd really be like. Nowadays, i kinda ~*~feel~*~ it coming. You might experience some cramps, which are for me are dull but a kinda persistent throb of pain in the space between where i can feel my hip bones. Everybody experiences cramps differently: a gf used to be in agony before the pill regulated her cycle, whereas i can but shrug them off and get on with my day. Some things i find really helpful to get rid cramps is exercise and heat, like a hot water bottle on my pelvis.
I dunno if you've had anyone chat to you about menstrual products but it's a good idea to have some handy for when your period arrives. You've got plenty of choice: disposable pads/tampons; cloth pads, which you can wash; cups, which you insert like a tampon; things like sponges, etc. I like pads, they're easy to use and i don't have any discomfort from having to insert them.
If you get your first period while at school- try not to panic! Periods can arrive at times and places when you are totally unprepared. When i was in HS, i kept a lil bag with spare knickers and fresh pads in my locker. If it's an option, a spare change of pants/skirts might be something to think about too if your school uniform is a light colour.
When you do get it, it will help you in the future to mark in on the calendar. i use a lil x in the corner of the day my rag starts. Then i have a rough idea when to expect it next- i count weeks, not look at dates.
Um.. i hope that helps!
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