I think the biggest shock to my 12 year old brain was that I was going to get my period every month until I was old and grey! Why me? Why for so long? What if I didn’t even want kids do I still have to have a period every month?
My mother confirmed that yes, no matter if I wanted children or not my period (or Menstrual Cycle as my mom called it) would in deed come every month. 😩
Most females have a period every 21-35 days, and it can last anywhere from 2-7 days. You get a period once you hit a certain stage of puberty. (Which IMO is far too young but that’s besides the point) Your body decides that it is ready to mature, and prepares your body to have a baby. So if you think about it, being 10-17 is not really when girls are ready to have babies, but I guess Mother Nature just wanted to have a few prep years?? 🤷🏻♀️
The deets: A period happens (or the blood comes) when the lining of the uterus sheds (or when your body does not have a baby to support and grow) it then bleeds and continues this cycle every month. When and if, you do become pregnant you don’t have a period while you are growing a baby. 😊
When you first get your period it can feel scary, and you may wonder if you can still play sports or swim or ride a bike etc and I can assure you YES life can still go on as normal.
When you hear "Girls Rule" - it's because they really do! The female body when you really sit down and think about it, is pretty damn amazing! We can grow a person! Whoa! There are a bunch of other cool things we can do too!
Welcome to womanhood! It’s complex, a bit messy, sometimes emotional, exhilarating, thrilling and also really cool! 😎 You got this.