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10 Period Facts

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  • 1.
    Your very first loss of menstrual fluid is called MENARCHE pronounced (me-nar-kay).
  • 2.
    There are lots of words to describe this release of monthly fluid from your vagina; periods, monthlies, Aunt Flo, time of the month or menses to name but a few.
  • 3.
    Why is it called a period? Because it is a period of time in your life when something else happens that would not normally do so.
  • 4.
    Menstrual blood is not the same as the blood you see when you cut yourself elsewhere on the body. Menstrual fluid lines the walls of your uterus and is called endometrium; this is a mixture of blood, tissue cells and natural secretions from the vagina and cervix and is not toxic or harmful in any way.
  • 5.
    In fact, menstrual fluid is pretty clever and contains all the nutrients a developing foetus would need to keep it nourished and safe when growing inside a female.
  • 6.
    On average a women can menstruate for up to 40 years, with 13 periods each year, that’s a whopping 520 periods in her lifetime. So now you can see why it’s important to understand your menstrual cycle and use the correct products for your flow.
  • 7.
    Those little cramps you sometimes notice when on your period are caused by the muscles surrounding your uterus contracting to release your menstrual fluid. And this is done so over a period of days rather than all at once, which is why you may find there are times when no menstrual fluid is lost at all.
  • 8.
    It can look like there is an awful lot of blood being lost. But, you’ll be surprised to learn that for people with an average menstrual flow, no more than 2.5 tablespoons or an egg cup full of blood is released each month.
  • 9.
    Lots of women and girls notice clumps of blood being released along with their menstrual fluid, these are commonly known as blood clots, and are generally nothing to be anxious about.
  • 10.
    Menstrual fluid is not always red in colour – it can vary from very light brown to dark red (almost black) and this is perfectly normal. Some girls notice this lighter colour loss throughout their period, whilst others may only experience this lighter colour on the last couple of days.


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Wow! I thought I knew quite a lot about my period but this was so interesting. Thank u Vicki and the lil lets team. X


Hi poppy! So I just started to use tampons, it can seem a little scary, but the most important thing to do is relax. If your all tense your muscles in your body won't accept the tampon very well and it will be hard to push up there. For me, I just like to sit on the toilet with my legs spread apart, I like that way, but you can also stand. Now also putting in a tampon the very first time you probably won't get it right, so if you put it in and it doesn't feel right or you can feel it in general, don't look at it as a negative experience with a tampon. You probably just put it in wrong. Just take that one out and try again with a new one. Vicki also has a how-to video on this website of how to put in a tampon if you need it. After a couple of times, you'll be a pro. ;)I hope this helped and good luck!! :))))


I have started my period a month ago. I now need to start doing swimming at school and am anxious to try a tampon. Do you have any tips?


If it wasn't for this website, I wouldn't have even known what a period was because my mum never told me. I also found a tiny bit from school but some of it was just false info. So...thanks to everyone who made this website exist 😊

T and Em

So me and em call our vaginas a bagina!!! Lol thanks vikki for the help! 🍉💋❤👄🐞🌹🍎🍒🍓🍅🍟🍄🌶🥩🥫🥣🍿🍬🍫🍷🥊🏓♥♦♨🚘🚗🛑🚨⛽perikds are red. Luvs u guys

Answer to Rosie

Hey Rosie! My name is Paige. You are, everyone is different when it comes to their period. Some people get it very early, and others, not till they’re 15-16 years old. You can start looking for some signs that you may start your period, such as vaginal discharge, hair 👇 there, hair in your underarms, and cramps or pain in your lower abdomen. I hope this helped you. Bye!

Period helper 205

Reply to anonymous. this is perfectly normal. And remember everyone is different so don't worry.


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