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Periods and Youth

Written by Mystic on Tuesday, January 29, 2008


  • Most girls get there first period between the ages of 11 and 15. But you can get it as late as at 18 or as young as at 10.

  • For the first few years most girls have irregular periods. Don't fret if you miss your periods for months altogether or if you have 2 periods very close together.

  • A period is part of the regular fertility cycle in females. It is merely the expulsion of an unfertilized egg along with uterine wall tissue and blood. Although it seems as if you lose a lot of blood you really only lose between 4 - 6 tablespoons, the rest is tissue and water.

  • Period's work on 28-day cycles. This means you can expect 13 periods in a year.

  • PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) is not a myth but it has been exaggerated. It is more physical than emotional and includes things like bloating, cramping, water retention, elevated body temperature, and skin breakouts.

  • It is possible, although highly unlikely, to get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during your period.

  • Cramps are really cumbersome and for some girls they are severe enough to warrant missing school or other activities. Taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help ease the pain.

  • Using tampons does not mean you are no longer a virgin.

  • Tampons should not be left in for more than 8 hours since their extended use can cause the disease called " Toxic Shock Syndrome"

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