Menstruation, periods, shark week, that time of the month, Aunt Flo’s visit, girl flu…Menstruation has many names and all women experience it differently. However, menstruation is a natural and normal part of a woman’s life. It tells that the woman is mature enough to reproduce and can become pregnant.
When will I get my first period?
On average, girls get their first period at the age of 13. However, there is no one exact age when menstruation should start. Development into a young woman occurs individually and is affected by many things, for example, your genes, diet and exercising habits. You should not panic, if your friends have gotten their period earlier than you or if you are the first one to get them.
What happens during periods?
During menstruation, the old lining of the uterus sheds through the vagina as menstrual bleeding. Typically, the length of the menstrual cycle is 28 days. The first day of the cycle is the day on which the bleeding starts. The average length of menstruation is 3–5 days. During the first couple of days, the bleeding is lighter. Then, during the middle of your period, it becomes heavier and then reduces again towards the end.
The amount of the bleeding and the length of the cycle may vary. You’ll learn to interpret your body signs better as you grow older and as you have had a few periods. Before menstruation, you may experience some vaginal discharge. This prepares your body for the period, keeps your vagina moist and clean as well as preventing inflammation. If you want to protect your panties against staining, you can also use panty liners, but this is not necessary.
Should I use tampons, pads or liners?
During menstruation, you should use feminine hygiene products, such as pantyliners, sanitary pads or tampons. Panty liners are perfect for lighter bleeding, and for normal and heavier bleeding, we recommend using sanitary towels or tampons. Both liners and pads are attached to the panties. Tampons are placed inside the vagina. The Vuokkoset feminine hygiene product range includes comfortable and suitable alternatives for all needs.
The most important thing to remember is to take care of your personal hygiene. You should wash your genital area frequently using lukewarm water and remember to change your panties daily.