gets “it.” Sometimes it will happen at school, sometimes
it will happen while you are asleep, and sometimes it will happen
at a pool party (yikes!). Regardless of when you get your period,
it will be a big day that you’ll probably remember for a long
time. Some girls feel shy or embarrassed when they get their first
period. This may happen if you get your period before your other
friends. It’s okay to feel private about your period. However,
some girls who get their first period are very proud and talk about
it a lot. Whatever you think about your first period, by the time
you grow to be an adult, you’ll probably feel comfortable enough
to talk about it anytime. Remember, everybody’s different and
everybody deals with their first period in a different way. However
you feel about it is okay!
When you get your period, you can expect
to feel a little trickle of liquid between your legs, which
is the blood leaving your vagina.
If you aren’t wearing a maxi-pad or panty-liner, your underwear
will become stained with blood. There could be a lot of blood, or
just a few drops—it all depends on your body. When you get
your first period, you will want to talk to somebody about what to
do. Find an older woman you trust, such as your mom or an aunt, to
talk about how you feel and what you should do to take care of yourself
now that you have your period. Your period will usually last for
3-5 days, which means that you will experience bleeding from your
vagina during this time. Some days it will be a “heavy flow,” with
more blood leaving your body. Other days will be a “lighter
flow,” when less blood will trickle out.
After you get your
period for 3-5 days, it will stop for a while. Depending on your
own cycle, you might get your period again in 28 days, in 35 days
or in three months! At first, your cycle will be irregular, so
worry. Eventually, you will even out and how long you wait between
periods will generally be the same.