1st Period -fears, excitement, anticipation & preparation.

This blog is not just meant for young girls on the way to puberty but also for adults ( mother, parent, elder-sister,teacher) who are in a position to guide and address their concerns.

How to alleviate worries about first period?

  • When your young one is of the age to hit puberty, educate them about changes taking place in their body, what to expect- breastbuds, pubic hair and underarm hair and eventually periods.
  • This can be done @home by a parent and @school by a teacher.
  • T.V adverts about sanitary napkins and tampons are a good start( instead of blue gel it is blood that comes out)
  • Specifically tell them about blood coming out of their intimate area.
  • Teach them how to use a sanitary napkin/tampon and also not to be embarassed to ask for one when need arises.
  • Always specify that it is completely normal and they can discuss it with peers or an adult (in a position of trust)any questions that they have.
  • AND please the boys also need to know about it.( it is part and parcel of growing up)

When to expect your first period?

  • Average age is approx 12yrs , it can happen anywhere between 9 – 15yrs.
  • Already noticed development of pubic and underarm hair .
  • 2 years after breastbuds start developing.
  • Also notice a whitish vaginal discharge approx 1yr prior to your periods.

What more to know?

  • Initially for the first couple of years it may not be regular but would eventually settle into a regular pattern.
  • It usually lasts for about 2 to 7days.
  • Initially the flow is reasonably less, but total appox loss can be between 3 to 5 tablespoon full of blood which trickles out slowly not in a gush.

Your “Period kit” is your saviour

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It is best to be equipped rather than to be caught off gaurd, so please carry a” Period kit”with you .

Your “Period kit” should have:

  1. Sanitary pads/ tampons.( for first timers sanitary pads are easier to use but its a matter of choice and comfort).
  2. A clean underwear.
  3. Unfragranced wipes.
  4. A mild safe pain reliever ( to take if need arises).

When to see a doctor/gynaecologist.

  1. When period starts earlier than 8years of age.
  2. Period does not start by the 16years / no signs of puberty till 14years age.
  3. If periods are very heavy/painful (taking time off school).
  4. Periods lasting more than 7 days/ no periods for 3 months after first one/previously regular cycles becoming irregular/ periods coming less than 21days.
  5. OR any other problem that causes anxiety and worry, its best to get it resolved rather than suffer in silence.

Need of the hour!

  1. Start of menstruation means body is progressing towards adulthood at this stage sex education and information on contraception and pregnancy is a must.
  2. Boys need to know about periods as well, it is high time we put an end to ignorance.

Thats it for now, hope it was Informative, will be back soon.

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