Getting the first period is an important milestone in a young menstruator’s life. It signals the beginning of your puberty. While you may have learned about menstruation in school, you probably have questions about what to expect. Since every first is special, here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself for the first red tide.
When should I expect my first period?
Most menstruators get their first period somewhere between the ages of 10 and 14, with an average of just over 12 years old. It usually happens about two years after the first signs of puberty. You will also notice white or yellowish vaginal discharge in the few months leading up to your period.
What do I need to do to prepare for my first period?
Just keep a few things in mind and keep a few things handy. Here’s the list:
Keep good-quality disposable pads handy! Go for pads that are made with organic cotton and have a super absorbent core that prevents leakage so you can be care-free for a long time. But remember that disposable pads should be changed every 4-6 hours and are thrown out after a single-use.
Wearing your first pad
Almost all disposable pads have an adhesive backing. Peel off the release paper that covers the sticky side, and adhere the pad to the inside of your underwear. Pads should be disposed of in the garbage, and not flushed down the toilet.
Choosing the right pad
Always go for pads that are soft, long-lasting and free of harmful chemicals. At Baesic we make pads keeping your comfort in mind. So that you can be at ease during that time of the month, far away from leakage, rashes and worries.
Since each menstruator has his/her own preferences, whatever works best for your body is just fine!
Dealing with the pain
Try to carry pain-killer tablets suggested by your physician. Hot water bags can be of help during this time. Also, a warm cup of milk can do wonders sometimes. Consuming warm drinks during this time helps with pain, controlling the flow.
You might crave certain foods like chocolates, snacks, etc. Have them stocked up! Just don’t forget to eat healthy.
Last but not the least
Underwear is the least talked about thing when it comes to menstruation. Try to use good-fit, breathable, and comfortable underwear so that it can keep your pad in place and prevent leaks. Wash your undergarments with disinfectants to skip the risks of infection. Don't forget to dry them in the sunlight.
What will my first period feel like?
You may find that your first period comes and goes with very little in the way of symptoms, or you may find that you experience quite a bit of discomfort. Common symptoms include:
Cramping in the lower abdomen
Lower back ache
Diarrhea or nausea
Most of these symptoms do not last long and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief medications.
How long will my first period last?
Your first period should last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. The flow may vary from person to person though.
How do I know when I will get my next period?
Most menstruators go about 28 days from the first day of one period to the first day of the next, but anywhere from 21-35 days is normal. Especially in the first few years of menstruating, your period may not be so regular. But over time it becomes normal though. If you track your period on a calendar (start day, number of days of bleeding, any symptoms), you will begin to notice a pattern over time. A period-tracker app can be helpful.