The first time you get your period is terrifying, but it doesn't have to be. We asked people what they wish they would have known when they first got their period and shared some of our own experiences as well. Watch this video for some helpful tips or read below!
1. Speak up if you feel like your pain is abnormal! Most people experience pain on their period but there's nothing wrong with asking if it is normal and talking to your doctor about the best way to manage the pain.
2. It'll be messy, and that's ok. Periods are a mess and sometimes blood gets in places that you don't want it. This is normal and it is just part of having a period!
3. Learn about toxic shock syndrome and other risks but don't get too freaked out! It's good to ask your doctor and do some research about potential risk but make sure you stick to reliable sources!
4. It's ok if you never want to try a tampon or period cup! Everybody has different things they are comfortable with so do what is best for you and don't feel pressured from other people.
5. Your period is natural, not gross! Periods play a vital role in our reproductive health. It is something natural and really amazing that happens that we don't need to be grossed out by.
6. Don't feel ashamed of your period. Half the population has experienced a period so it is nothing to be ashamed of! It is a beautiful and natural way that our bodies take care of themselves and we should be proud of periods, not ashamed of them.
7. Menstrual cups are dope. They aren't for everyone but if you're interested in trying it, give it a go. If it doesn't work for you that's ok but it's great to be aware of all the options that are out there.
8. Take care of your body and take it easy on your period. If it feels good to run, run. If it doesn't don't. Listen to your body and what it needs.
9. It's ok to talk about your period. If you talk about it then other people around you will feel more comfortable to share as well and then it starts to become a normal topic instead of something taboo.
10. Don't be afraid to ask people questions to get the information you need. School doesn't always do a great job of educating us about our periods so feel free to ask other people or a doctor more questions!
Zoia's Advice: Take care of your body! Do what you need to do to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Taimi's Advice: It's ok to feel gross and hungry! Remember that periods are normal and don't be ashamed of it!
Abby's Advice: Periods are beautiful and cool and we should try to be more positive about them! (Even though in a lot of ways they do suck.)