Our best advice for your first period

by Britta
erste Periode, Menarche, erste Menstruation, Tipps f√ľr erste Periode, Vulvani

Some have been eagerly await¬≠ing their first period for a long time, while oth¬≠ers are afraid of it. Oth¬≠ers sim¬≠ply ignore the topic or don‚Äôt even know what might come up soon. In any case, feel¬≠ings around the first period are often mixed. Nev¬≠er¬≠the¬≠less, the begin¬≠ning of men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion is a spe¬≠cial day. It is a day that will be remem¬≠bered by many. To help you be per¬≠fectly pre¬≠pared for your first men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion, we have cre¬≠ated a small check¬≠list with the most impor¬≠tant tips for you. Together with us, you can wait calmly for your first period arrive.

How do I know I will be get¬≠ting my period soon?

You‚Äôre prob¬≠a¬≠bly won¬≠der¬≠ing: Will I know when it‚Äôs time? Usu¬≠ally yes, because the first men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion does not start with¬≠out any signs. Puberty often begins with slight phys¬≠i¬≠cal changes, such as the growth of breasts or vulva hair. The hor¬≠monal changes in the body announce the first period well in advance. This is because the first bled¬≠ing usu¬≠ally occurs later in puberty. Are there spe¬≠cific signs of the first period? Shortly before the onset of men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion, for exam¬≠ple, phys¬≠i¬≠cal com¬≠plaints in the form of abdom¬≠i¬≠nal pain or breast ten¬≠der¬≠ness may occur. Impure skin can also be an indi¬≠ca¬≠tion that the first period is approach¬≠ing. How¬≠ever, the hor¬≠mones are prob¬≠a¬≠bly chal¬≠leng¬≠ing the skin dur¬≠ing the entire period of puberty any¬≠away. So maybe not the best sign after all. Pim¬≠ples on the face or d√©col¬≠let√© are prob¬≠a¬≠bly on the daily agenda. How¬≠ever, a reli¬≠able sign is vagi¬≠nal discharge.

Vagi¬≠nal dis¬≠charge as a sign for my first period?

The appear¬≠ance of vagi¬≠nal dis¬≠charge (no blood yet!) sig¬≠nals that your uterus has become active and is work¬≠ing. The hor¬≠monal changes have started in your body. You are won¬≠der¬≠ing what exactly the vagi¬≠nal dis¬≠charge is or what it looks like? It is a whitish-milky fluid that comes out of the vagina and is com¬≠pletely nor¬≠mal ‚Äď as long as it does not smell or itch. You prob¬≠a¬≠bly see small whitish spots in your under¬≠wear every now and then. Some peo¬≠ple notice them more than oth¬≠ers, but we all have them. If you like, you can use (wash¬≠able) panty lin¬≠ers or period under¬≠wear. This is the fore¬≠run¬≠ner for the first period, which is com¬≠ing soon. The only ques¬≠tion now is: how long does it take until the first period startes after notic¬≠ing dis¬≠charge for the first time? Men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion prob¬≠a¬≠bly starts about a year after the first dis¬≠charge. So it takes it‚Äôs time, but the exact time of the first period can be deter¬≠mined at least roughly.

How do I pre¬≠pare for my first period?

It is best to inform your¬≠self and start ask¬≠ing a lot of ques¬≠tions about men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion and the cycle. Read books and talk to peo¬≠ple in your fam¬≠ily or cir¬≠cle of friends about your period ‚Äď be brave! Also here on Vul¬≠vani you will find a trea¬≠sure on period knowl¬≠edge and you can send us all your ques¬≠tions! Because the more you know about your own body, the more com¬≠fort¬≠able you will feel with your men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion. When you get your period for the first time, you are (men¬≠tally) already well pre¬≠pared for it and know directly what is really going on.

Our best advice for you: Emer­gency kit for your period

You are won¬≠der¬≠ing how you could best pre¬≠pare for your first period? Here is our best advice for you: ALWAYS KEEP MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS IN YOUR BAGS. It‚Äôs like a lit¬≠tle period emer¬≠gency kit! If you notice that you‚Äôre begin¬≠ning to have a whitish vagi¬≠nal dis¬≠charge, check in your bath¬≠room to see what men¬≠strual prod¬≠ucts you can find there. Or talk to your par¬≠ents or sib¬≠lings about the fact that you might need some prod¬≠ucts soon. Just in case, always have a pad, tam¬≠pon or even a panty liner in your bag. If your first period sur¬≠prises you (which it usu¬≠ally does), at least you are well pre¬≠pared and have the right prod¬≠ucts at hand. That‚Äôs going to be so worth it  in such a new, some¬≠times a lit¬≠tle over¬≠whelm¬≠ing sit¬≠u¬≠a¬≠tion! But even after your first period, it is advis¬≠able to always have a small emer¬≠gency period sup¬≠ply with you. Because espe¬≠cially at the begin¬≠ning your men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion is rather irreg¬≠u¬≠lar. Just make sure that the prod¬≠ucts are well pro¬≠tected when you‚Äôre on the go and that the pack¬≠ag¬≠ing doesn‚Äôt acci¬≠den¬≠tally rip and your prod¬≠ucts get dirty. The best way to do this is to use a small extra bag with only your period prod¬≠ucts in it. Then every¬≠thing is stored safely and cleanly.

What am I sup¬≠posed to do when I unex¬≠pect¬≠edly get my period for the first time?

In any case, keep calm! And take a good look at every¬≠thing in the bath¬≠room. If you have men¬≠strual prod¬≠ucts at hand, every¬≠thing is great and you can use them. If noth¬≠ing is within reach, a lit¬≠tle toi¬≠let paper will help at first. It is best to tear off sev¬≠eral sheets at once and fold them neatly over each other. And voil√°, your first self-made pad is ready to be used. It should at least catch the blood until you can go to the toi¬≠let again or until you are at home and can use a real period prod¬≠uct. A lit¬≠tle tip: If you are sur¬≠prised by your first period at school, it‚Äôs worth going to the nurse‚Äôs office. The first aid kit often con¬≠tains a few pads or tam¬≠pons for emer¬≠gen¬≠cies. Apart from that, you don‚Äôt really have much to do dur¬≠ing your period ‚Äď except maybe a lit¬≠tle more rest. Try to observe your body care¬≠fully to under¬≠stand how you feel dur¬≠ing your period. And talk to the peo¬≠ple you live with or who are close to you. They prob¬≠a¬≠bly all know your sit¬≠u¬≠a¬≠tion and often it helps to talk about your feel¬≠ings and get tips from the expe¬≠ri¬≠enced peo¬≠ple. They can prob¬≠a¬≠bly answer all your ques¬≠tions instantly.

Do you feel ready for your first period?

If you still have ques¬≠tions that this arti¬≠cle could not answer, please feel free to write us a mes¬≠sage. With us no ques¬≠tion should be too unpleas¬≠ant or embar¬≠rass¬≠ing for you. Because we were once where you are now and prob¬≠a¬≠bly had exactly the same ques¬≠tions as you. So we are happy to share our period wis¬≠dom with you!

You are not alone!

Are you curi¬≠ous how other men¬≠stru¬≠at¬≠ing peo¬≠ple expe¬≠ri¬≠enced their first period? Then take a look at the arti¬≠cles from the series ‚ÄėMen¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion around the world‚Äė and read how oth¬≠ers expe¬≠ri¬≠enced their first men¬≠stru¬≠a¬≠tion. You can read my per¬≠sonal story about my first period here.

Published at 15. April 2020
Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vulvani. She loves researching, writing and designing new articles or innovative educational concepts about menstruation all day long. When she is not travelling the world, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones in the beautiful city of Hamburg in Germany. Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

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