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My First Period

Here's all that you would want to know about your first period. It is an important milestone for a girl and part of growing up; so understand it well and have a happy period!

What are periods?
A period happens because of changes in hormones in the body. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus (or womb) to build up. The built-up lining is ready for a fertilized egg to attach to and start developing. If there is no fertilized egg, the lining breaks down and bleeds. It usually takes about a month for the lining to build up, then break down. That is why most girls and women get their periods around once a month.

When will my first period happen?
Most girls get their first period somewhere between the ages of 10 and 14. You will also notice white or yellowish vaginal discharge in the few months leading up to your period. There is no fixed period age for any one and there's no way to predict when you will get your first period. Remember that every girl's body has its own schedule.

What will I feel on my first period?
You may experience quite a bit of discomfort. Common symptoms include cramping in the lower abdomen, breast tenderness, lower backache, diarrhea or nausea. Most of these symptoms can be cured with over-the-counter pain relief medications. A heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen or lower back can help ease pain in these areas.

How long will my first period last?
Your period happens once a month and should last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. It does take a few months for your period to be regular and predictable. Keep a track every month to see when it is due and when it arrives.

When I will get my next period?
It's impossible to predict when your next period will start. Most girls and women have 28 days from the first day of one period to the next, but anywhere from 21-35 days is normal.

Periods are a natural, so be ready and welcome this new part of life!
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