Definition: the first menstruation is called menarche.
Usually this starts between the ages of 11 and 14. But it can happen as early as 9 years or as late as 15.
If you are a teenager, consult your doctor if you have not begun to have periods at 15 years of age. Menarche is a sign that the girl is growing and becoming a woman. Along with the beginning of your period, your body is changing.
She has begun to develop breasts, pubic hair and armpit hair. And the hips have begun to increase in size.
Menarche also means that if you have sex, you can get pregnant. You can even get pregnant in the month before your beginning of the first period.
Some previous symptoms?
In the days before the first period begins, you may feel physical or emotional tension. You may gain weight and feel bloated.
You may have pain (cramps) in your abdomen, back, or legs that last a few hours or more. Your breasts may be sensitive.
When the period starts, you will notice a blood stain on your underwear or when you use the bathroom. The flow of blood from the vagina is usually light at first and may become heavier for a few days before the progressive reduction.
The blood may be a brownish color at first and then become brighter red. Your menstrual period can last from 3 to 7 days each month.
What can be done?
You can consult with the women of the family, a doctor or a woman you trust to recommend the use of feminine products, such as tampons or sanitary napkins.
A tampon that fits inside the vagina and is good for use when swimming or doing other physical activities. The pads have adhesive strips that help keep inside the underwear. You will have to change tampons and towels regularly.
No one will be able to say when you are going to have your first period. If the teenager has cramps, regular exercise, a warm pad, a warm bath, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help.
Be safe with medications. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If you are younger than 20, you should not take aspirin. Aspirin increases the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a condition that severely affects vital organs. If these treatments do not help, you can talk with your doctor about prescription medications.
The menstrual cycle
The period is part of the menstrual cycle , the time from the first day of the period to the first day of the next period. A normal menstrual cycle in adolescents can be from 21 days to 45 days.
For the first year or two, the cycle may not be regular and may not have a period times. If the adolescent is underweight due to diet or exercise, or a large amount of stress in her life, or is overweight, her periods may be difficult to predict.
Maintaining a calendar and marking the day that begins the period of each month is very useful. This can help you predict when you will have your next period and it is also useful when talking to your doctor.
The menstrual cycle makes it possible for the person to become pregnant. At some time around the middle of each cycle, you will ovulate, which means that one of your ovaries releases an egg. You may have a slight vaginal discharge or some blood spots when you are going to ovulate.