Most girls get their first menstrual cycle between 11 and 13.
But it could be as early as 9 or as late as 16! Every girl is different. Don’t worry – there’s no “right time!”
Your first few periods will probably be irregular. One period may last a day, and the next might be five days long. It can take a while before your body settles into a regular cycle, about a year or so! Once it settles in, expect it to last 3-7 days.
This is a good time to experiment with pads and tampons. Try out different styles and shapes and find what’s most comfortable for your body! Some girls like pads, others like tampons, and lots of girls like both.
A menstrual cycle is what happens inside your body from one period to the next, and it’s all thanks to hormones, including estrogen and progesterone.
Estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries, and work together to help regulate your menstrual cycle. A monthly cycle can be anywhere from 21 to 35 days long (the average is 28), but every girl is completely different! A complete menstrual cycle goes like this:
First you get your period. The first day of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period. A period is when the lining of the uterus is flushed out of your body, taking an unfertilized egg along with it. That’s the whole purpose of your period!
After you have your period, over the next few weeks, a new egg is released from one of your ovaries. It travels down the fallopian tubes to the uterus where – if fertilized – a baby develops for nine months.
If the egg isn’t fertilized, the tissue and cells that have built up in your uterus, getting ready to protect the egg, will begin to shed. And that’s your cycle from beginning to end to beginning, again! And again!
Psst! Want to know when your period’s coming? Check out our fancy, new Period Calculator!
OK, so you’ve heard of vaginal discharge, right? It’s 100% natural and normal.
Discharge is your body’s way of cleaning itself and it’s a good sign that everything’s working just fine!
Normal discharge is usually a white or yellowish color, and pantiliners will help keep you fresh and clean! Find the right pantiliners for you here.