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So what
are periods?

#periods

Periods are a really positive sign that your body is working correctly and that you’re growing into a young woman.

However, it’s also a really confusing time for some, so we’re here to help you understand what’s happening to you and provide you with some helpful tips and advice.



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#periods

For most, no more than two and a half tablespoons or an egg cup full of blood is released every month.

It’s called ‘a period’ because it’s a period of time in your life when something else happens that would not normally do so.

Menstrual blood isn’t the same as the blood you’ve seen if you’ve cut yourself. Menstrual fluid lines the walls of your womb and is called endometrium. It is a mixture of blood, tissue cells and natural secretions from the vagina and cervix and is not harmful in any way.

Menstrual fluid is not always red in colour. It can vary from very light brown to dark (almost black) red and this is perfectly normal. Some girls notice this lighter colour throughout their period, whilst others experience this lighter colour only on the last couple of days.

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Chelsie

@Rabbit Lover and @Lulu you can get discharge for a long time before your first period, mine was for four years!!! So you really can't predict. If you have noticed hair down there, spots, breast buds and sweating more, then these are other signs. Once you have started, Lulu, then what I did was take my knickers to my mum and say 'mum I found this in my pants, is it my period?' she will understand as all mums do. Alternatively, you could tell your older sister. First periods can look like brown discharge, so it is likely that you may want to wear a liner in case. Hope that helps, but if you need any extra advice, just ask and put To Chelsie, so I know to answer. Have a good day - Chelsie x

Rabbit lover

Hi. Can I please have some advice? I’m the same as Lulu. I’ve had discharge for a long time and my mum started around the same as as me. I don’t have a sister so I can’t compare. Thank you for taking the time to read this comment. Xx

Lulu

Any advice?so i started having discharge in 6th grade and now I'm in 8th grade but no period then last night I saw some brown dots but nothing today my sis started in 9th my other sis in 7th and my mom in 10th I also don't know how to tell my mom when I do start because we have never talked about it

PeriodPal??

Hey guys 😌 I am going to be starting a story type thing every do often so let's get to it 😜 My first period: I was doing my options calls on a Thursday evening (like you do in yr 8 in the uk) and I came off one of them because there was a little break and I went to the toilet and there was these little brown dots in my underwear... I know exactly what it was because all of my friends had started ☺️🔒 so then I wore a pad to school and changed it at lunch ... Blah blah blah and I did that until Friday on Sunday I finally rose up the confidence to tell my mum and she was thrilled! She told me how brave I was for being so mature about it ☀️ I was so glad I told her because the next day she went out and bought me a while bunch of products: pads (day and night) , tampons and underwear... She said "I know you probably won't use tampons yet but If you feel like it you could try them next month " I said "ok" and my period went on as usual... My first period was quite light so that was quite handy and then I told my friends I had started my period a week later. Any way I hope you enjoyed this story (100% true) have a great day and remember that your period is normal and it is always a good idea to tell your mum or who ever looks after you! More stories coming soon From PeriodPal🌼

To Callie22, From -Elina-

Discharge is very normal and could also be a sign of your period coming but is also natural, and if your getting cramps, depending on how severe they are, they could be a sign of your period, I’m not exactly sure when you’ll get your period but if the cramps and the discharge continue you should tell somebody mature that you can trust.

TipToes

thanks, super helpful!

justaperson

isnt it weird to talk to ur friends abt ur period? like i mean i wouldnt tell them it would be weird not unless we were really close. it would be weird to be like oh hey im on my period.

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