Your First Period

It is common to get your first period between the ages of 10 and 14.

If you are 15 or older and have not had your first period yet, don’t stress – everyone’s experience is different. But a trip to your GP might be a good idea just in case. You can read our post about going to the doctor on your own here.

Along with other changes to your body such as growing taller, developing breasts and wider hips, having your first period is a natural part of puberty. These changes are caused by a hormone called oestrogen, which aims to prepare your body for pregnancy.

Menstrual Blood

Menstrual bleeding usually lasts for about four to six days each period and can range in colour from red to brown and varies in consistency or thickness.

The average amount of blood per period is 10 to 35 ml, but this varies from person to person.It is common for your first period to be quite light, but some girls also experience a rush of blood at the beginning.

How to deal with your first period:

  • Stay calm.
  • If you are feeling unsure talk to an adult (a parent or guardian, or teacher if you are at school).
  • Talk to your friends about it – it’s great being open and share your experiences with other going through the same thing.
  • If you’re feeling faint or ill, visit the sick bay at your school or if you’re at home have a lie down.
  • If you need a pad or tampon and don’t feel comfortable asking someone, they can be easily found in supermarkets, convenience stores such as 711, and chemists.
  • If you don’t have immediate access to sanitary products, a wad of toilet paper usually does the trick!

If you experience pain or discomfort you can visit our post Period Self Care. If the pain is severe or continuous it might be worth visiting your doctor. You can read more about going to the doctor on your own here.

When will you have your next period?

Periods generally occur once a month, varying in frequency from person to person. It usually takes a while for your period to become regular though, especially if it starts from a young age, so be patient while you get to know your body and its predictability. If you want to track your period, so that you can monitor symptoms, when it is due and when it arrives check out these free period-tracking apps.