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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?


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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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