Answers to your frequently asked period questions

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Don't worry. You're in good company. Many girls feel the same way. It's scary and exciting to go through puberty. It's not just the physical changes but all the social changes you go through too. Puberty is new – you don't have all the answers, but the adults around you probably do. Don't be afraid to ask.

I got my period and I haven't told my mom as yet. It's really hard for me to talk about things like this. What should I do?

Lots of girls have the same concerns.Hopefully you and your mum can work towards opening the line of communication. She can be your best friend during this time in your life. If you don't want her to tell others in the family or her friends, say so.

I'm 13, and I haven't had my period yet but my breasts started to grow... and then stopped! Should I be concerned?

No,you shouldn’t.Your breasts grow in stages. At first you may notice small bumps or breast buds under your nipples. After that your breasts will gradually grow larger and fuller, and they may feel sore. One breast may grow faster than the other, but they will more or less even out in time. Just remember, every girl is different. How large or small your breasts become depends on physical traits passed from generation to generation.

Learn about the 3 signs of first period here.

Is it OK to have a bath or shower when I have my period?

Yes. During your period it’s important to keep yourself fresh and clean.

Is there anything I won’t be able to do when I have my period?

No. It doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you usually do. You can still go to school, help at home, see your friends, play sports, etc.

Will anyone notice when I have my period?

No. Not unless you tell them.

How much blood do I lose during my period?

Most girls lose about a quarter of a cup of menstrual fluid during their periods. Most of this fluid is lost in the first few days of your period.

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