A menstrual cycle begins when a woman enters puberty. During puberty, your brain signals your body to start producing hormones that prepare your body for a possible pregnancy. Menstruation, or your period, is what occurs at the end of a menstrual cycle unless you become pregnant.
A woman’s period usually begins at the age of 12 to 13, but it is also common to start before or after this time frame. Your period usually lasts between two and seven days and typically comes once a month or every 21-45 days until you reach your menopausal years and the menstrual cycle stops.
There is no precise way to know when you will get your period exactly, however, there will be signs that your body gives you when it is preparing to start menstruating. Some of these signs include breaking out or having acne, having sore or tender breasts, getting cramps, experiencing back pain, or having mood swings. Some people may experience all of these symptoms, or just a few, depending on your body.
How to deal?
There are a variety of products you can use for your period. Some of the most common include pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. These products should all be changed every 4- 8 hours, depending on how heavy your flow is or how uncomfortable you get. There are also period underwear, reusable pads, and many other products to choose from. The key is to find what works best for you based on your individual needs.
Is this normal?
It’s time to see your doctor if you have to change your pad or tampon every hour, if you get dizzy are lightheaded, or have a fast pulse. Your doctor will be able to assist you to get the resources and help you need. You should also let your doctor know if you are having your periods more often than every 21 days or if it is irregular for months on end. When you first get your period, it may take a while for it to regulate itself before it becomes consistent monthly. This is not uncommon.
Your period can be a daunting thing. However, with the right information, products, and resources, it doesn’t have to be. Women’s Care is here to assist you every step of the way during this experience. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us to get all the help and guidance you need.