My Mom had her periods when she was 13 years old. And here I am experiencing puberty at 12 years. So, what’s the right age to start your periods? Well, there is no reason to judge yourself, these days one can start their periods between 11-14 years of age.
I had my periods just two months back. It was a Sunday morning and I was brushing when I experienced something was trickling down my legs. I knew what it could be as my super intelligent mom had already given me few lessons on puberty. But let me tell you one gets to know it better when one experiences it.
Questions that must be driving you crazy?
- What is menstruation?
- How much blood will come out and how many days the bleeding is likely to last?
- Are periods painful?
- How to use – dispose pads and tampons?
- What to do if you get your period away from home – for example, at school or camp?
- Whether you can swim when you are chumming?
- Should you use tampons or pads first?
- Why are cultural taboos attached to it?
So, here’s a little about the inside story.
- Don’t fret periods rather embrace it.
- They can be light, heavy, brown or black that depends upon your body biology.
- Sometimes you may experience cramps which is normal.
- Its always better to carry pads the moment you hit the age of 11 years.
- I prefer comfy cotton pads to tampons but that personal preference.
- Period cycle is of 5 days- the first period you may face 3-5 days cycle.
- While each culture & community have some taboos- rituals associated with periods; I feel as long as they are not superstitious or discriminatory in nature; there is no harm in practicing religious- social sentiments.
Mom says it’s important that once you enter puberty you keep a track of your body health. So, few things that I have made part of my annual routine is.
- 30 minutes brisk walk
- Less fried & junk food
- Detoxify your gut
- Multivitamins & Calcium
- Personal Hygiene
- Gynae Checkup once in 6 months
- Annual Body Check Up
PADS VS TAMPOONS VS MENSTRUAL CUPS
Well, there is no this or that on this. One should try both and see what is comfortable to one’s system.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally prefer pads as they are super comfy. My personal favorite is Whisper Ultra Soft.
Handling of Sanitary Waste
In my country India; according to Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016, every household must segregate waste into three fractions — wet, dry and domestic hazardous waste.
It is important to ensure that sanitary waste should be properly wrapped. The rules say that sanitary waste should be kept in the dry waste bin and should be handed over separately.
But most of us fail to practice basic civic habits and dispose it in bins even without wrapping. The waste collector separates this waste from other household waste with bare hands, and that’s life threatening for them with diseases like Hepatitis and Aids.
Technology & Periods
Periods last till an age of 46 years for an average Indian Woman. And so, its very important to keep a track of your regularity, signs, discomforts etc.
It is essential as it helps in long run to diagnose any irregularities or any health concerns like PCOD, Fibroids in later life.
My Mom recommended P.S Love app for tracking Period. I am totally in love with the same.
It keeps a month wise historical data of your periods, gives an estimated idea of when you are due next. One can record health concerns, symptoms and other information month wise.
Should you like it download it right away on your mobile its available on Google Play store.
After all keeping a track record of health is better any day.
New to periods; I would love to hear all about your first period stories. Trust me; they help other girls who have just started or are yet to start their period.
So, whether you are first or the last one in your gang of girls to start your period; don’t stress its completely normal. share your story with me for more you can visit my teen blog page
It’s time now for you to share your comfort hacks, recommendations and taboo stories after all it’s all about loving your female biology. #beperiod