Guide to your First Menstrual Period – Part 1

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You must have many interesting stories with your The First Menstrual period. And at that time we had been wishing to have more knowledge about periods so that we can face it with more confidence. On my very First Menstrual period, I get very feared and associate it with illness 😛

If You’re a teen or your daughter or younger sister approaching towards her first period, Then this article is for you. Don’t get embarrassed about your First Menstrual period, It’s a natural phenomenon.

You probably wondering about your First Menstrual period. How will you feel, how long it will occur, how to take care of yourself, what personal care products to use, How to track your date, What kind of complications can occur?

Start with the basic Guide to First Menstrual period where we are talking about your period and clearing your confusion.

What is puberty?

Puberty is the process of physical changes through which your body matures into an adult body. Puberty usually occurs in girls around 10-14yrs of age. The occurrence of the First menstrual period is one of the signs of puberty or physical changes.


What did the First menstrual period mean?

With the Beginning of Puberty, Brain sends signals to your body to release hormones. Some of these hormones release every month for a possible pregnancy. This is called the menstrual period.

Every month, these hormones causes

  • Thickening of uterus wall lining them with blood supply and tissues.
  • The release of an egg from ovaries. This is called ovulation.


This egg moves down to the uterus for fertilization. Fertilization takes place when the egg meets the men’s sperm.

If the egg is not fertilized, pregnancy does not occur. As a result, Uterus lining breaks down and flows out of the body through the vagina.

The discharge of blood and tissue from the lining of the uterus is called as a menstrual period.

When will the first menstrual period occur?

Menstrual periods starts between 11-15 years with a mean of 13 years. But past couple of decades the period menarche age is gradually declining due to change in nutrition and environmental conditions.

What’s the duration of the periods?

The very first period usually last for a few days. The duration means is about 4-5 days. Anywhere from 2 to 7 days is considered as normal.

Also in the starting, your periods may be very light. The amount of blood loss is estimated about 20ml- 80ml with an average of 35ml. Nearly 70% of total blood loss occurs in the first 2 days.

What’s the Menstrual Discharge consists of?

On the first period, you may only see a few spots of reddish brown blood. The menstrual discharge consists of dark blood, mucus, fragments of cells and bacteria, enzymes.

How often will I get my period?

The first day of bleeding in one month to the first day of bleeding in next month is counted as the menstrual period. Once the Men’s started, it continues at the interval of 21-35 days. The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days.

How can I track my period?

Tracking your period gives you an idea about the pattern of your period and tells the approx date of your next period. The period can be track either using smartphone apps or use calendar. To track your period on a calendar, mark the days of your bleeding on a calendar with an “X.” 

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Count the first “X” as day 1. Keep counting the days until you have your next period. This will tell the duration of your period example last for 3-5 days as well it’s occurrence example how many days after your next period comes 21-28 days.

If you have any queries regarding menstrual problems then post your questions in the comments section will solve them soon 🙂 Do let me know what you learn from this post. And share with the teens and moms 🙂

Read more about Wellness Guide to your First Menstrual Period – Part 2


54 Replies to “Guide to your First Menstrual Period – Part 1”

  1. It is good to have a reliable source of information for something which in our country is still taboo, & thus, soo difficult to find good & accurate information about. This is a very helpful post. Good start to atoz. Good luck.

    1. thanks 🙂

  2. That’s a great guide and I’m sure we all can find it handy:)

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  3. I’m way past menopause too and hope to be around when my grand daughter hits puberty. But I started way too young and all that I knew was that no one else around me even knew what it was. Thankfully it was painless and short so it really never affected my life. But aren’t I glad I’m done with it for ever!

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  4. wow! that’s a different type of post for the A to Z! Interesting and really factual.
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  5. A very informative and a complete guide to help mom’s and daughters alike.

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  6. Very informative – my experience was horrific though. I knew nothing and it decided to appear on my 10th Birthday while I was having my own birthday party!!!

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  7. This is good information to have. It should be noted that the myth that pregnancy cannot happen until after the first flow of menses is untrue. It is uncommon, to be sure. However, since the initial flow doesn’t occur until the first egg remains unfertilized, that sexual activity, desired or not, has the chance of resulting in a pregnancy.

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  8. This is useful. Well in my day we didn’t have the internet and I got my period so early nobody had time to prepare me for it. I had no idea women had periods.

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  9. I didn’t even know what was happening to me when it happened. Girls are often left confused and scared. This is a brilliant guide and very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. As a young teen, I remember wanting my period SO badly. Now that I’m 50, I can’t wait for it to GO AWAY! I have an 11 year old who could use this info. Thanks!

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  11. I am so glad that I no longer have to deal with this! There are benefits to being an older woman 🙂

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  12. That’s indeed an amazing guide to menstrual period. Very useful! Happy A to Z 🙂
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  13. This is such a good post about a natural phenomenon that we create a hullabaloo about…!

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  14. Very informative. Not a typical topic for A to Z, so go you for originality!!!

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  15. Always a good idea to give your little girl/sister/whoever a heads up before they become a woman! I had pleeenty of heads up before my time came as my school and mother/sister did not hide it from me. At first I wanted to run, then I stopped being so ashamed.

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  16. Great guide! I had a hysterectomy when I was 36 due to pre cancerous tumors so it’s been a very long time (32 years) since I’ve had a “visit”. I’ll never forget the summer my oldest granddaughter was almost 13. She came to me and ask me if I had “any of those things”. It was her first time so I had to do some scurrying around and give her a quick lesson. LOL

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  17. Very important topic Bushra! You have rightly chosen to educate on something that is needed by this generation.
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  18. inquisitivegeet says: Reply

    It’s really a well compiled post! I didn’t have much of the knowledge when I had my first period!


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  19. Here in the Uk we were told all about it, but it worried me to death – at that time there wasn’t much to read on the subject. Any sort of down-to-earth explanation is very helpful at that time in your life when you are so very vulnerable and self-conscious. Glad to say that is all past for me now!

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  20. I’m a guy, but I’m glad I know about what you have written. I hate how most of the girls are unaware of menstruation when it happens for the first time; it snatches away their chance of being prepared for the same mentally. Good work, because you have explained it in a simple and yet informative manner.

    1. thanks 🙂

  21. I wish all this gets inculcated in the school curriculum, would make a huge difference.

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  22. What a detailed, handy guide! Good luck for the future posts Bushra. I’m sure they will be as informative.

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  23. Informative and a great source for parents and children. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Bushra! If you have the time, I shared my first menstrual period experience a few months back on my blog –

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  24. Thanks for such an exhaustive an informative piece.. many a times we really need them handy to explain our little ones
    Truly Yours Roma

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  25. very informative piece and sure to be useful for many .. thanks for this.. will be useful for me too when i need to explain to my little girl 🙂

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  26. Informative post and shared in easy to understand language.

  27. Very informative post. I wish I knew some of these facts back when I started menstruating.

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