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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I started my first period today, and I have a few questions. When should my next one be, and how long should it last? Also, how do you take a bath or shower when on your period? I'm too embarrassed to talk to my mom.

 

Jen

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Dear Jen,

Congratulations to you,

Congratulations to you,

Congratulations to youuuuuuu,

Congratulations to you!

 

First of all, your mom is your resident expert, and you need to get over being embarrassed to ask her what you need to know. If you can’t ask her face-to-face, then write her a note to help get the conversation going.Your next period may not come for months or even a year, as first periods can be quite irregular. Having an unpredictable cycle is not uncommon during your teen years.You should note on your calendar when your period began, and then mark it again the next time. Following your first period, menstrual cycles last between 21–45 days. After a couple of years, cycles shorten to an adult length of 21–34 days.

 

Now about your next period! First periods can be quite irregular. Your next period may not come for months or even as long as a year or you may have one again in a few weeks. Having an unpredictable cycle is not uncommon during your teen years. You should note on your calendar when your period began, and then mark it again the next time. Following your first period, menstrual cycles typically last between 21–45 days. After a few years, cycles shorten to an adult length of 21–34 days.

 

It is very important to shower or take a bath every day while you have your period, and you will find that it is no different than when you don't have your period. Some girls prefer a shower until they use tampons in case there is any menstrual flow. When showering, it will just wash down the drain.

 

Hopefully knowing your period is really a normal part of your life and doesn’t change your lifestyle.

 

Good luck,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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anniegirl20
anniegirl20
Posted March 29, 2014
This helped me a lot! I haven't have my period yet, but it is still good to know!
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