Ah periods. Menstrual cycles. Blood baths. Whatever you want to call them. I have devised a list of things to hopefully help out our flowering little sisters who are scared to death of how to deal with this, and to make light of common things most people try to hide.
I got my period at the age of 12, and I'm 18 now. That's about 6 years experience.
1. DON'T be ashamed or embarrassed about having a period.
It's taught in society that periods are gross and should be hidden. I bought into the lie and delt with my period alone for about a year. This was a huge mistake. Don't be scared to talk about it with your mom or sisters, they can help you and they won't judge you.
2. Giant bloody flesh chunks are NORMAL.
No, you're not bleeding to death. Just a build up of uterine lining that clotted. You're fine!
3. Dark brown and even black coloring is NORMAL!
It simply means the blood is old or air exposed causing it to be discolored. You're not dying!
4. Wrap your used pads like a burrito!
Take your used pad off, roll it up and use the plastic wrap from the new pad to wrap the used, rolled up pad. PERIOD BURRITO. And it's super discrete so no one has to look in the trash and see your pads.
5. ALWAYS HAVE EXTRA!!!
Always have extra pads in your backpack/purse even when you're not on your period! Periods can attack from nowhere when you're first starting so don't get caught unawares! Also, you'll be able to help a sister in need if she needs one.
6. Track your period!
You'll be able to predict your period as it becomes more steady, and you'll also have an answer at the doctors office when they ask "When was your last period?"
7. When starting out, missing a month is NORMAL!
If you haven't had sex, you're NOT pregnant just because you missed your period! As crazy as it sounds I think the majority of us that have been late without ever having sex are a little paranoid about this subject. I don't know why but it's scary to miss your period. Anyway, as your body is adjusting to puberty you won't have a constant predictable period. It took 3 years for mine to start coming every month.
8. Don't wear light colored pants.
If you do bleed through, it'll be as obvious as that giant volcano zit on your face (Don't worry those go away later)
9. You WILL bleed through sometimes. Don't fret!
It happens. Just make sure to be prepared next time. It's not the end of the world.
10. Periods stink!
Just shower every day and make sure to clean that area well. But just remember old blood doesn't smell too great. There's not something wrong with you.
11. DON'T USE SENTED PADS.
So periods stink, but the fragrances in certain pads can irritate your vagina making it more prone to infection!
12. Have access to pain meds!
Cramping can be extremely painful for some individuals. Make sure to have access to pain medication like Advil or Midol.
13. Hot baths are your new best friend.
Relieves cramps, makes you feel clean and at rest.