Worried about your first period?

It's totally normal to be worried or anxious about your first period.

The unknown can be scary and we get that. We've got your back and will walk you through what you need to know.

So, firstly, what even is a period? 

In a nutshell, your period is the monthly shedding of the inner lining of your uterus. You only need this lining if you're pregnant.

When you're not pregnant, your body tells your uterus to get rid of the lining, which is made up of blood and tissue. This blood and tissue exits your body via your vagina.

Familiarise yourself with common period terms.

What to expect:

  1. Your first period will probably be light and only last a few days. In the beginning you might "spot" little droplets of blood. You might notice blood on your undies (totally normal), using a liner at the beginning of your period can help prevent stains

  2. It might seem like a lot of blood when your period does start but it's only about four tablespoons, and most girls' first periods are lighter than that

  3. Expect blood, is sounds obvious but be prepared for blood

  4. You can expect to feel bloated, so feeling a bit chubby round the tummy area. This is normal and simply your body retaining water, it will go away after your period stops

  5. Be prepared to feel a bit out of sorts, maybe tired, maybe grumpy, maybe cranky, maybe all three

  6. Be prepared to use pads or tampons. In the beginning it's easiest to use pads

  7. Be prepared that your period doesn't stop when you bath, shower or swim

  8. Be prepared that your period doesn't stop at night when you sleep

  9. And finally, be prepared for period cramps, which are dull aches in your lower abdomen

How can I prepare?

Great question, try learning as much about periods as you can. The more you know, the fewer surprises there'll be.

Read our period FAQs for girls who haven't started their periods, and have a good read of our other blogs on what to eat, signs you're getting your first period, how to manage period cramps and how to practice self-care.

Make sure you feel comfortable and familiar with the products you'll need to use when you start your period. Again, this sounds obvious but many girls are unsure of what to use when the first start. 

Have a play with the products, rip them apart, dunk them in water, see how adsorbent they are.

There are experiments you can do with tampons and pads that help explain how they work. Order a New Moon pack that has a bit of everything and encourages you to demystify the products. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in tune with all things periods, and to win some prizes, and get in touch if you have a question. Luna is dedicated to ensuring all girls have positive period experiences. 

Luna is here to make this experience positive and fun (ya fun) for you. We've got your back, and know you’ve got this too! 

Email us any time, there's no such thing as a dumb question!

Kelly Gregor