Starting your first period is an incredible time in a girls life of development. There is absolutely no need to be anxious, scared or worried about your periods and when you understand what is happening inside your body you accept that it is a natural part of growing up.
Most parents delay telling their children about periods so before you hear gossip or whispers at school, here are the facts.
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Who Has A Period?
What Is A Period?
A period (also called menstruation) is the normal release of blood and tissue from a girls vagina. It is a natural part of a healthy monthly cycle. The amount of blood and tissue varies every month and is about a few tablespoons during the whole period. Periods once started will take the first two years to settle down then be a monthly cycle until you are around 50 years old. When they stop this is called menopause.
Where Does a Period Come From?
When Do Periods Start?
Most girls get their first period when they are around 12 years old. But every girl is different so they can start as early as 10 years and not start until you are 15 years old.
Usually you will start your period about 2 years after her breasts start to develop. Another sign is when you start to see vaginal discharge in your underwear, this usually begins about 6 months before your first period arrives. Do not worry if your periods have not started but your friend’s have, there is nothing wrong with you. Your body knows what it is doing and when it is ready your periods will start.
Why Do Periods Start?
A period happens because of hormone changes in the body. The ovaries release the female hormone oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus to build up. This lining is for a fertilised egg to attach and develop but if it is not needed it breaks down and is released which gently flows out from your vagina. Then the same process happens around every 28 days which is why they are described as “monthly periods” but you will actually have 13 periods in a year.
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