When you get your first period it can be scary. There are so many changes that you will experience that your head will spin.
Seeing as though you’ll experience certain things for the next 40 years or so (sorry), I thought it’d be nice for you to prepare for what’s in store.
So, let’s take a look at the wonderful joys of having a period…
Your Leap Into Womanhood
Oh yes. When you get your first period, you’ve officially stepped out of the “little girl” phase and you are now a young woman.
So what does this mean? Well, it means that your body is developing and maturing and most of all, it means that you can get pregnant.
You’re still pretty young, so you definitely want to give your body time to do its thing. You don’t want to gout here and do something that will interrupt the process, like getting pregnant.
Just because you’re a young woman doesn’t quite mean that you’re mature yet. You still have some ways to go for that.
But ultimately, becoming a woman means making the right decisions and preparing for your future. It can be a tad intimidating, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.
PMS (Postmenstrual Syndrome)
Now this is where the real fun comes in to play. Before and during your period you’ll begin to notice some changes to your body.
You may experience cramping, sore breasts, mood swings, bloating, headaches, irritability, stress, fatigue and nausea. You may find yourself unhappy and depressed at times as well.
The list goes on and on, but these are just a few symptoms you may experience. I know it seems like having a period is the worst ever, and it can be, but you’ll get used to it.
I’ve never experienced depression, but I have had the cramps, headaches, fatigue, nausea, sore breasts and headaches.
To relieve them all, I always make sure that I keep bottles of Midol and Pamprin around. Yes, both. I don’t discriminate. Whenever I get symptoms, I grab whatever will help alleviate the pain.
Your period should only last between five and seven days and then you have the rest of the month all to yourself, so it’s definitely nothing you can’t handle.
In case you’re not sure what sanitary napkins are, they’re your tampons and pads. They’ll be your best friend throughout that week.
Your flow may be quite heavy in the beginning and then it evens out as you go along. Make sure that you never run out.
You’ll have to see which brand and type of sanitary napkins work for you. Some women don’t like tampons and just use the pads.
You’ll experience a lot when you get your first period, but you’ll learn to deal with it all as time passes. The best thing to do is to talk to your mom or a parent and they can pretty much fill you in on the rest.