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What happens when a girl first gets her period?

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When your menstrual cycle begins, your estrogen levels increase. That causes the lining of your uterus to thicken. The uterine lining thickens so it can support a fertilized egg and develop into a pregnancy. If there isn't a fertilized egg, your body will break the lining down and push it out of your uterus. Read more





What girls expect on their first period?

Your first period should last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. It may be very light, with just a few spots of brownish blood. Or it may start and end more brownish, but be brighter red on heavier flow days.

What are the first signs of period in a girl?

Some of the most common PMS symptoms are:
  • Cramps (pain in your lower belly or lower back)
  • Bloating (when your belly feels puffy)
  • Breakouts (getting pimples)
  • Sore breasts.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Mood swings (when your emotions change quickly or you feel sad, angry, or anxious)

What happens when a girl is on her period?

Menstruation is a woman's monthly bleeding, often called your “period.” When you menstruate, your body discards the monthly buildup of the lining of your uterus (womb). Menstrual blood and tissue flow from your uterus through the small opening in your cervix and pass out of your body through your vagina.

What should I do when my daughter gets her first period?

It is important to talk with your daughter before her first period starts to help her understand what to expect, according to Burke Miller. She also believes having several smaller talks, rather than just one big talk, is a better way to go. She advises keeping any conversations about puberty open and honest.

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Most frequently asked questions

Should my 9 year old start her period?

Most young people will have their first periods when they're between 11 and 14½, but anywhere from 9-16 years is considered normal. Periods are likely to start soon if your child has: had a major growth spurt. grown some underarm and pubic hair.

How much more does a girl grow after her first period?

They grow just 1 to 2 additional inches in the year or two after getting their first period. This is when they reach their adult height. Most girls reach their adult height by age 14 or 15.

Do periods hurt?

Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that happens as part of a woman's monthly cycle. Many women have painful periods, also called dysmenorrhea. The pain is most often menstrual cramps, which are a throbbing, cramping pain in your lower abdomen.

What helps a girl on her period?

Ask Her What She Needs
  1. Be patient! Don't blame her irritability on her period, but try to understand where she's coming from.
  2. Bring her the food she craves. Whether it's ice cream she's after or she's one of the rare women who crave a green juice, just go and get it. ...
  3. Be attentive. ...
  4. Give her a massage. ...
  5. Give her space.

What hurts during your period?

During your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormonelike substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps.



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What age should I tell my daughter about periods?

By the time they're 6 or 7 years old, most kids can understand the basics of periods. Look for a natural moment to talk about it, such as: when kids asks about puberty or changing bodies. if your child asks where babies come from.

How do I know my period is coming?

Signs Your Period Is Coming
  1. You're breaking out. Acne is a common problem at this time of the month. ...
  2. Your breasts are sore or heavy. ...
  3. You're tired but you can't sleep. ...
  4. You have cramps. ...
  5. You're constipated or have diarrhea. ...
  6. You're bloated and gassy. ...
  7. You have a headache. ...
  8. You're having mood swings.

How can a 12 year old get her first period faster?

Methods for inducing a period
  1. Hormonal birth control. Using hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills or the ring, is the only reliable method of taking control of the menstrual cycle. ...
  2. Exercise. Gentle exercise may loosen the muscles and help a period come a little faster. ...
  3. Relaxation. ...
  4. Orgasm. ...
  5. Diet and weight.

Does your first period hurt?

Girls commonly experience pain and tightness in their lower abdomen and back around the start of their period. These cramps are usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, but you should talk to your daughter's doctor if her cramps are severe.

What can I give my 11 year old for menstrual cramps?

If cramps bother your daughter, she can try:
  • a warm heating pad on her belly.
  • taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or store brand) or naproxen (Aleve or store brand); this works best if the medicine is started at the first sign of cramps.

Is a first period heavy?

The first period often is very heavy and painful. Ovulation, or the process of making an egg, helps make a “normal” period. Unfortunately, many girls do not ovulate in the beginning, resulting in heavy bleeding. Some girls also may have a bleeding problem that shows up when they start having periods.

How long does a first period last?

When you first start having your period, it may last only a few days. Your first few periods may be very light. You may only see a few spots of reddish brown blood. Anywhere from 2 to 7 days is normal.

What should I wear to school on my period?

High waist skirts or pants (ideally stretchy or loose) will help you take care of the bloating showing up. And the slight pressure might even help with the cramps. Make sure you don't strangle yourself in tightness. Now, jeans might not be a popular choice during periods.

Why do I poop so much on my period?

These chemicals stimulate the smooth muscles in your uterus to help it contract and shed its lining each month. If your body produces more prostaglandins than it needs, they'll enter your bloodstream and have a similar effect on other smooth muscles in your body, like in your bowels. The result is more poop.

Are painless periods normal?

The experience of having periods varies between women. They can be light and completely painless for some, but completely debilitating for others. The majority of women experience some cramping for one to two days during their period, and this is normal.

Why does my period stop in water?

Water pressure can stop your flow temporarily while you swim, but if you laugh, cough, sneeze or move around, the pressure can change and a small amount of blood might come out. The good news is it probably won't be visible.

Is it normal for an 11 year old to have heavy periods?

It is not uncommon for an adolescent to experience heavy menstrual bleeding if they have irregular periods. Heavy menstrual bleeding can interfere with an adolescent's normal activities and cause anemia.

Can a 5 year old get her period?

Most girls get their first period when they're around 12. But getting it any time between age 10 and 15 is OK.

Can I stop my daughter's period?

Menstrual suppression is a treatment that uses medication to reduce or stop menstrual periods. Under the care of a doctor, this is a safe option for all girls, teens and young women once they have already had at least one menstrual period.

Can a girl grow taller after her period?

Usually, for the next two years after their first menstruation, many girls will grow one or two inches – but studies have suggested that girls who have their period at around 10 years will grow an average of four more inches before they reach their adult height.