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FAQS: Know More About Your Period And Menstrual Cycle

What’s puberty?

Puberty happens to everyone! It’s a physical change that happens as you become an adult, usually between the ages of 10-14. As a girl, you’ll know you’re going through puberty when you notice your body going through physical changes like more definition in your waistline, development of breasts, and—of course—your first period.

What is a period?

Your period is the last part of your monthly cycle. Stage 1 has your body building up blood-rich cells, preparing for pregnancy. Stage 2 is ovulation. Stage 3 is the shedding of the blood-rich membrane, also known as your period. Stage 4 is the length of time of your period, which is usually 3-7 days. Then it starts all over again (unless you get pregnant).

When will my period start?

Everybody is different, but periods usually start somewhere between the ages of 10-14, and about 50% of girls will start their period by the age of 12. Don’t worry if you start your period earlier or later than your friends—it’s totally normal!

How long will my period last?

Most girls and women find that periods last for about 5-7 days, and that they get their period approximately once a month. After a couple of years of having your period your body will settle into a pattern that’s unique to you, and you'll be familiar with how many days of bleeding to expect. If you notice that you don’t get your period very often, or if it lasts for longer than 7 days, it might be a good idea to check in with your doctor.

How can I get rid of cramps and pain during my period?

Here are some surefire ways to feel better during your period. Try relaxing with a warm bath or hot water bottle – the warmth will ease overall tension and pain. It’s also important to stay active and eat well to help combat that dreaded bloat that many girls face as a symptom of PMS. If you find that nothing is truly helping you feel better, or that the pain is affecting your schoolwork or ability to enjoy activities overall, you can always talk to your gynaecologist or doctor about other treatments.

How will puberty affect my breasts?

There’s no one way that puberty will affect your breasts. Some girls see a big increase in their cup size while other girls may see very little change at all. The important thing to remember is that every girl is different, and there’s no “perfect” cup size. Some girls also feel their breasts are sore or more sensitive during puberty—this pain, or lack of pain, is normal.

Will puberty make me feel different?

Puberty is a time when lots of changes are happening to your body, so it’s likely that you might feel a little uncomfortable, shy or moody. Just know that this is completely normal. And while each young woman grows and changes at her own pace, it’s good to share your experience with your friends. You’ll likely be relieved to know you’re not in it alone. Sharing your experiences might actually make it easier for you both to get through this time of big changes.

How will I feel when I have my period?

Some girls feel absolutely normal during their period, while other girls have a lot of period pain such as cramps. Some girls may have very little PMS symptoms, while others may feel tired, bloated and more emotional. It’s important to remember that each person is different and that you can even react differently from month to month.

Things like healthy eating and exercise can help you feel better no matter where you are in your monthly cycle. Try incorporating these things into your daily routine and see how it makes you feel!

What about the odour?

Menstrual blood generally starts to smell when it comes in contact with air, like when it leaves your body. Lucky for you, our RiosGreen® napkins are made with odour control system which helps prevents odour for a fresh and confident feeling. A good rule of thumb is to change your pad every 4 hours (or more frequently if your flow is intense).