First Menstrual Period: Recognizing the Signs and What to Do

Date: 01/12/2023

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So, you’re about to experience your first period, or maybe you already have? It’s a mix of emotions – a bit confusing, exciting, and maybe slightly daunting. But really, it’s a big step in growing up and getting to know your body.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about your first period – from recognizing the signs to mastering self-care. Let’s tackle this with confidence and see it as an empowering part of maturing.

What is a Menstrual Cycle? 

The menstrual cycle is a natural biological process, regulated by the female sex hormones. When you enter puberty, you will go through a menstrual cycle every month. This marks an important stage in the development of women.

A menstrual cycle is a natural part of the development for women

The period occurs due to the excessive change in the sex hormones, leading to the monthly ovulation. In which, one egg will be released, and the lining will cover the entire uterus to prepare for the fertilization and pregnancy process. If the egg is not fertilized by the sperm, the lining will peel off and start a new menstrual cycle. 

When Do Most Girls Get Their First Period?

Most girls begin their menstrual journey between the ages of 11 and 15. However, everyone’s body is different, so some may start earlier or later, which is completely normal.

Signs Your First Period Might Be Coming

The signs of having your first period may vary for each girl, but there are some common signs that you can pay attention to:

  • Acne breakouts.
  • Feeling bloated.
  • Breast or back discomfort.
  • Digestive changes like constipation or diarrhea.
  • Increased tiredness.
  • Mood fluctuations.
  • Increased hunger.
  • Vaginal discharge, which is white or clear.

Remember, everyone’s experience is unique, so if your symptoms don’t exactly match, that’s fine.  

If you notice anything unusual or have any questions about these changes, feel free to share with your family or doctor. They will provide information and support, help you understand and prepare better for this process.

Common Questions About the First Period

When talking about the first period, there are some common questions that many Teenagers are interested in:

1. What Color Should Period Blood Look Like?

The color of the period blood can change, from bright red to dark red, depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. 

Usually, bright red blood will appear at the beginning of the cycle, and turn to dark red or brown when approaching the end of the cycle. It is normal to have bright red blood if your cycles are always bright red. 

Note: If there is any change in the color or smell of the blood, it may be a sign that needs attention and you should see a doctor for more advice.

When you have your first period, the blood will appear very little, from bright red and gradually turn to darker red depending on the stage of the cycle

2. How Long Does the First Menstrual Period Last?

The first menstrual period for a girl typically lasts only a short time, maybe just a few days. In the initial months, the menstrual cycle may be irregular. 

But don’t worry, after a while, the hormone levels in the body will stabilize, and the menstrual cycle will become more regular. After that, each cycle will last from 2 to 7 days/month. 

3. How Much Blood is Lost in the First Menstrual Period?

Generally, the first menstrual period involves very little blood loss, often just a few light red streaks throughout the week. However, some people may experience heavier bleeding from the beginning. 

On average, a person loses about 6 tablespoons of blood – equivalent to ⅓ cup of water in a menstrual cycle. Excessive bleeding is not usually a cause for concern. However, if you experience excessive bleeding during your first period, immediately inform a close family member for support! 

4. Is Period Pain a Thing?

Feeling pain in the lower abdomen before the period is a common condition. Many people will feel a dull pain about 1-3 days before the period starts. This happens because the female sex hormones produce more, causing the uterus to contract and cause pain. This is a natural part of the menstrual cycle of women.

5. What Foods Are Best During Your Period?

When you have your first period, taking care of your health through your diet is very important. You should choose healthy foods that give you energy such as: red meat, green vegetables and beans to replace the blood loss and fish rich in omega-3 to reduce inflammation and also help reduce pain. 

At the same time, you should eat more fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep your digestive system healthy. Don’t forget, drink enough water every day to prevent dehydration, help reduce fatigue and boost your strength.

When you have your period, you should eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water to keep your body healthy and prevent fatigue

Unexpected Period: What Should You Do?

What to do if your period comes unexpectedly? If you have your period unexpectedly and don’t have any pads, don’t panic. Remember the useful tips from Émer below to deal with it temporarily: 

  • Take around 10 squares of toilet paper, fold them around to make a thick wad of paper.
  • Place the toilet paper on your underwear, along the middle of your legs. 
  • Take another piece of toilet paper and wrap it around your underwear a few times to hold the paper in place, and you have a temporary pad.

If you are at school, you can ask your friends, teachers or health staff to change and use a safer pad.

Émer Menstrual Underwear: For Confidence and Comfort During Your Period!

Émer menstrual underwear is a unique invention that helps women feel more comfortable during their period. The product looks like any normal underwear, very thin and light and easy to wear with any fashion item. 

Moreover, they are designed with 4 super absorbent layers, which help solve common problems such as leakage, overflow and eliminate the uncomfortable feeling of wetness like using sanitary pads.

Émer menstrual underwear is made from antibacterial fabric from France, which helps prevent odor and infections in your sensitive area. It also has the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, which means it is free of harmful chemicals and safe for your health. Émer is the menstrual product that millions of mothers trust for their daughters.

Amelie (daytime) suitable for heavy flow
Valerie (nighttime) is suitable for heavy flow – helps you enjoy a better sleep
Stella (daytime) is suitable for medium to light flow at the end of your cycle

Émer menstrual underwear can be reused for 3 – 5 years, saving you money and reducing waste. It is the ideal solution for women who want to feel comfortable and confident during their period. 

To order your Émer menstrual underwear, you can visit the ShopsFacebook Fanpage or Shopee Mall of Émer. If you have any questions, please call the Hotline: (+84) 0888.400.922 – Émer will be happy to assist you!