That first period talk with your mum
It’s completely normal to be nervous about having a talk with your mum about your first period. But it's not so bad once you get started. So take a look at these tips on getting the conversation going.
Having your first period
You’re probably wondering when your first period will come. Although most girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, you could start your period anywhere from between nine and 16.
First, the good news. Not all teen girls suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). For those who do, your symptoms can range from mild to severe.
If you’re really unfortunate, PMS can impact on you significantly. But you don't have to suffer in silence and there are things you can do to feel more comfortable and treat your PMS symptoms.
What is happening to my brain?
You may have already noticed that you're experiencing some emotional changes during puberty. Some changes are really positive – others are more challenging. Here are some types of emotional changes during puberty that you might be noticing:
Finding the right words
Can’t seem to get that first conversation about your period started? We’ve written the words for you. Just choose one of the notes below that sounds most like you. Print and sign it, then give it to your mum (or leave it where only she'll be able to find it).
Keeping track of your monthly cycle
Changing hormone levels in your monthly cycle bring with them a whole range of body changes. These include: