Menstruation 101 (1 of 2)

Answers to all those questions you were too embarrassed to ask

When will I get my first period? It varies, but most girls get their period between ages of 10 and 15.

How long will my period last? Periods usually last between two and seven days but all girls are different. If your period often lasts longer than seven days, talk to a parent, female teacher, nurse or doctor.

How much blood will I lose? It may seem like a lot, but it is only around three tablespoons in total.

Will I bleed the same amount on each day of my period? No. You'll experience the heaviest flow on the first day of your period and it gradually lessens until it stops after a few days. This means you'll need more absorbent sanitary products on the first day of your period compared to the last.

What if I don't have a sanitary product on me and I am far from home? If a female teacher or friend can't help, you can fold tissue or toilet paper together to make a temporary pad and use it in your underwear. This won't last for long, but can help until you find something more suitable.

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