The First Period
Our main job at Nickeze, is helping parents and girls deal with their first period and beyond. Many of our girls are getting their period as young as 8 years old. They are only babies and trying to manage a period at that age is so difficult. Can you imagine yourself trying to manage a pad at school at that age or even process what is happening to you?
The first period, also known as the onset of menarche, is a significant event in the life of a girl. It marks the beginning of their reproductive years and is a natural part of the menstrual cycle. Menarche typically occurs during puberty, which is a time of many physical and hormonal changes in the body.
Here are some key points about the first period (menarche):
Timing: Periods usually occurs between the ages of 9 and 16, but it can happen earlier or later. The exact timing varies from person to person and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, nutrition, and overall health.
Signs and Symptoms: Before the first menstruation, girls may experience various signs of puberty, including breast development, growth of pubic and underarm hair, and changes in body shape. Menstruation itself involves vaginal bleeding as the uterine lining is shed.
Emotional and Psychological Aspects: Periods can bring about a mix of emotions and feelings, including excitement, confusion, and sometimes anxiety. It's important for parents and caregivers to provide education and emotional support during this time.
Menstrual Hygiene: Proper menstrual hygiene practices are essential to maintain health and comfort during menstruation. Using period underwear and/or sanitary products such as pads or tampons and changing them regularly is important to prevent infections.
Education and Preparation: It's helpful for young individuals to receive education about their period before it occurs. Knowing what to expect, how to manage it, and being prepared with necessary supplies can help alleviate any concerns. In our experience, this is crucial. If you are prepared as the parent, and the first period is calm and relaxed, the first experience is positive and sets the tone for the periods to follow.
If you or someone you know is approaching or experiencing their first period, it's a good idea to have open and supportive conversations about the topic, if the you/the child is comfortable with this.
If you have specific questions or concerns, feel free to ask for more information! We are happy here art Nickeze to take any questions on your first period and how we can help with the management of it and staying in sport when you have your period.