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A period is when blood comes out through a girl’s vagina. It is a sign that she is getting close to the end of puberty. Puberty is when your body goes from looking like a kid’s into looking more like a grown-up’s.
There is a lot to learn about periods. Here are some common questions that kids have.
Most girls get their first period when they’re around 12. But getting it any time between age 10 and 15 is OK. Every girl’s body has its own schedule.
There are some signs that a girl’s period may start soon. These include:
A period happens because of changes in hormones in the body. Hormones give messages to the body. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus (or womb) to build up. This gets the uterus ready for an egg (from the mom) and sperm (from the dad) to attach and grow into a baby. If the woman does not get pregnant, the lining breaks down and bleeds. This same process happens every month. That is why most girls and women get their periods around once a month.
For the first few years after a girls starts her period, it may not come regularly. This is normal at first. By about 2–3 years after her first period, a girl’s periods should be coming around once a month.
Periods usually last about 5 days. But a period can be shorter or last longer.
Periods usually happen about once a month. But some girls get their periods around every 3 weeks. And others only get a period about once every 6 weeks.
There are a few ways to deal with period blood. You may need to experiment a bit to find which works best for you. Some girls use only one method and others switch between different methods.
Although it may look like a lot of blood, a girl usually only loses a few tablespoons of blood for the whole period. Most girls need to change their pad, tampon, or menstrual cup about 3–6 times a day.
When women are around age 45‒55, they stop having periods (this is called menopause). Women also won’t have a period while they are pregnant.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is when a girl has emotional and physical symptoms right before her period starts or during the early part of her period. A girl with PMS might:
Lots of girls have cramps with their period, especially in the first few days. If the cramps are very uncomfortable, a warm heating pad on the belly and medicines can help.
Periods are a natural, healthy part of a girl’s life. They shouldn’t get in the way of exercising, having fun, and enjoying life. If you have questions about periods, ask your doctor, a parent, health teacher, school nurse, or older sister.
Girls have lots of questions about periods. Here are five good ones – and the all-important answers!
It’s normal to be a little worried or anxious about getting your period. Find out more in this article for kids.
Cramps can put a crimp in a girl’s daily routine. Find out what period cramps are and how to handle them.
When a girl gets her period, she’ll need some supplies. Find out more in this article for kids.
Lots of girls worry what to do if they get their periods at school. Find out more in this article for kids.
Girls grow breasts as they develop and mature. And once a girl has breasts, she probably will want to wear a bra. Find out more in this article just for kids.
Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it in this article for kids.
Girls have lots of questions about puberty and growing up. Find all the answers here!
If you’re almost a teen, chances are pretty good that you have some acne. About 8 in 10 preteens and teens have acne, along with many adults.
Find out the answer to this personal question!
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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