Questions 27 and 31: Two period questions for Maddy and Doremi

I hope, by now, everyone is getting the message: A gajillion girls have questions about periods! Here are two more:

Maddy, 11, says simply: I haven't had my periods yet. And Doremi (love that name Do-Re-Mi) asks this:

Dear PLS,
What should I do when I start my first period?
Doremi,11

Basically, I think Maddy and Doremi have the same question. What do you do when you get your first period? We've talked a lot about being prepared, having supplies etc., but we haven't talked as much about what to do when you're having your period for the first time. Here are my best Dos and Don'ts.

1. Tell someone. This is often your mom or grandma or the person who takes care of you most of the time. You need supplies and you might have questions, so don't be so shy that you keep this to yourself. 

2. Try to relax. Think of how many women have had their first periods. That's like, everyone, including your best friend's older sister, the lady next door, famous celebrities, top athletes, and yes, your mom.

3. Take time to learn. Girls stress about tampons, but first take some time to understand pads. Gee, there are a lot of kinds! Girls often ask how you know which way it goes. Some are shaped where there could be a top and a bottom, but others can go either way. And always with the sticky side down! That's how it sticks to your underwear. Girls also ask what to do with a used pad. Never flush one down the toilet. It will clog the whole deal. Most people roll it up, wrap it in toilet paper, and put it in the trash.

4. Be organized. Take extra pads, even pack an extra pair of pants if that helps you feel prepared. Jot down the date you started your period, so you know to expect it in about a month. Though be prepared that your period could be a little unpredictible the first few times you have it.

5. Don't cry over stained underwear. If your underwear or pants get stained, just take care of it and stay cool. Most stains will come out if you hand wash them right away in the sink with cold water and mild soap. Get them as clean as you can, wring out the water, and then wash them in the washing machine. 

6. Don't let your period get in the way. Your period might feel so weird and new that you might think: How can I go to soccer practice? Or even school? But you can and should keep up with your normal routine. Always tell a parent if you don't feel well, but if it's just your period, play on! (Once you have the hang of it, you can try tampons, which make it easier to play sports, even swim.)

Any other advice out there for Maddy and Doremi?

Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous soccergirl said...

Just be brave, because it always happens to people. Don't be ashamed (:

January 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Allie said...

Here's what u do: carry a pad/tampon in ur purse or backpack just in case. If u need anymore, go to a friend or an adult u trust! Always tell ur mother! Good luck, just remember: always stay prepared!

January 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry about it just makes it worse!
every girl goes through this just sit back and chilllllllll

January 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have not started ethier!!!!

January 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if ur washroom has a tampon dipenser keep xtra quarters

January 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi this is the first time i have been on this and i have something to ask.there is this guy that likes me alot and he sit's by me at lunch all the time what to do

January 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry it wil happen soon just chillllllllll

January 28, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just chill nd be happy

January 29, 2012 at 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok that is good but today he put his arms aroud my waist is that wired or what

January 31, 2012 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous La said...

to: anonymous on 1-31-12 at 10:16

Ok you need to tell him you're feelings NOW
if you like him, great
if you don't, he'llbe sad but will eventually get over it. Maybe he will even be your friend! Hope I helped!

February 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when u first start your period, u should tell your mom right away so she can get u some pads or tampons.

February 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't feel weird every girl gets their period sooner or later

February 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't gotten mine but I want it! Chillax until it comes. And when it comes, be excited! This is what girls look forward to in their life!

February 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous redpinkpurple girl said...

Remember that most public rest rooms have tampon despensers. Plus, don't be worried if you stain you underwear, no one sees it anyway.

February 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worry the same way you do! but don't worry! Being relaxed is SO super important. When you do get your first period, ( which will probably happen sooner than you think) you'll think to yourself, " WHY WAS I SO NERVOUS?!" and when it does happen, just clean yourself up and go on with your day! be prepared cuz it could happen any time! and remember, you can always talk to a parent, grandma, aunt, or cousin, or even better, if your best friend has it, talk to her! NO WORRIES!

February 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont worry i freaked out when i first started & was a wreck but then i realized there is nothing to worry about just pack you backup pads and if your having discharge just use pantiliners.

February 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont want my you know wwhat

February 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how often do u get discharge? Is is sort of crusty on your underwear?

February 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

make sure that you are carrying a pad or tampon with you in case your period, or first period catches you by surprise at school.first things first TELL A GIRL. unless you want to ask a person (a guy) for a pad ( if you don't have one) or first period advice. if there is no one to ask for a pad then fold up a wad of toilet paper and put it in your underpants.

February 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have not had the "u know what", but i know a great deal of it. when you get it......... don't panik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
first make shur it is the real thing, cuss i made that mastack alot. and mack shur you tell your mom or a trusted adalt( techer, docter, ect.) thats all i havet to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Evie said...

when you first start it is a bit strange but you will get used to it no need to get all upset, it happens to everyone. so if you ever feel you need to talk to someone, talk to them it will make you feel a lot better

February 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Evie said...

after you are on your period, make sure you carry a few pads or tampons along with you in-case of emergency's. oh and remember to keep a note of when you started, and write it down every time you are on, then you can go back to see when you first started

February 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM  
Anonymous schoolgirl said...

Help me! I really want my period! ( which i haven't gotten yet..)

I think that ill get in about a year or so, and was wondering : since i live w/ my mom, how will tell my dad without freaking out first? please help!

February 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous ask me n e thing said...

schoolgirl

how bout you ask your mom for some supplies (pads, tampons maybe) for you to keep at your dad's house or in your backpack. That way you don't have to have that awkward daughter/father moment!
and you will get your period probably 2 to 2 and a 1/2 years after you started developing breasts.

February 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Shizmonetrsly said...

Here is a tip for being prepared for your period, I carry around a little wallet/bracelet/purse thing, you can get them in any clothes shop, it's full of pads and i carry it around my wrist during classes so when I need 2 use the bathroom I check and make sure if I got it and don't worry where to put the used trash and pads in your school bathroom there should be a little white box just plop it in that box, and if your at home wrap the pad i toilet paper and throw it away, I hope I helped!! :)

February 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how often do u get discharge? Is is sort of crusty on your underwear?

Please answer!

February 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHATS A DISCHARGE????!!!!!



-Maddy

February 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous sunshine said...

well ive never had my period either but my big sister said to keep pads and pantyliners ect. with you and dont panic also learn as much as you can off websites, mum, and remember every girl gets a period

February 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM  
Anonymous trumpet lover said...

For Anonymous who said, "WHATS A DISCHARGE????!!!!!", discharge is a clear/white gooey stuff that comes out of you and into your underwear. It means that your period is not far away. If it is green and has big odor, see a doc.

February 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION?

how often do u get discharge? Is is sort of crusty on your underwear?

Think Pink

February 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Chlozster said...

2 anonymous (feb 22nd)
u get discharge when ur period isn't far away, when ur discharge starts, u get it every day until ur period. It's not crusty in ur underwear unless it is very, very dried up, otherwise, it's clear or milky white gooey stuff that is very sticky. hope I helped u anonymous!

February 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Vicki :) xoxo said...

@Schoolgirl - I really wanted my period at first but about 6 months after I got it I started developing period pains....if you don't get them you will be the luckiest girl alive. Seriously though just enjoy the time without your period and it'll come in its due course!! :) xoxox

March 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't gotten my period but mt mom says it's soon . I'm worried because I don't have pads for school . Should I ask my mom ? Or is it silly to think my period is coming so soon ?
p.s i am 10
If you answer my question - call me dancemomsrocks please ! :)

March 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous schoolgirl said...

to dancemomsrocks : i would just relax and try asking your mom about it if you feel that you have a real need for " supplies". If you don't or aren't sure, then just wait until you get your period to ask your mom. If Aunt Flo catches you at school, ask someone if you can go to the nurse to get a pad or something. hope i helped!
- schoolgirl

March 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@dancemomsrocks-My big sister got her period in school so she got really worried but she told our Mum about discharge and my mum bought her a few pads to take in a little makeup purse. Dont worry because you can ask your friends,guidance, teachers and of course your mum.The normal age for period is 12 and a half but it can start at anytime so dont worry. relax because every girl goes through the same thing.

March 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Anonymous cute and cool06 said...

To be honest its scary! Now ur a woman and able to give birth to kids. But always stay safe and prepared! Think pink!!!

March 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stay chill it happens to girls! :-)

March 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing you should do is that you should just be prepared and ask your mom or anyone other lady on what you should do

March 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you get your period you are NOT a woman. It just gets you a step further in puberty

March 24, 2012 at 1:57 AM  
Anonymous crushed said...

I used to have a crush on this guy who has the locker right next to mine at my school. We're good friends, and he can always make me laugh. I'm afraid that once the crush feeling goes completely away, that I'll start liking him again. what should i do?

March 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous booblover said...

help me peoplezz!! ok so i m totally flat in the chest. all my friends that r girls have boobs but i dont. how am i supposed to get big boobs?

April 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Miss Drama Queen said...

dont worry about that. youll get it when u get it. i got my period when i was 10!!

April 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Anonymous icygirl;) said...

Dear booblover, I wear a size 32a andI am ten. But you can nott eat or drink any special foods to get bigger boobs. I am sorry but you will have to wait for your time!!

April 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM  
Anonymous MochiBear said...

1.)If you haven't had your period yet and want to know when it's coming, ask your mom. Your period will usually come about the time your mom's did.
2.)For a period emergency kit, put a clean pair of undies, a pad, and a pantiliner in a small bag the you can't see through. Toss this in your bookbag for whenever you need it! ;D

May 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

@dancemomsrocks-your mom has been through it all and if she thinks that you will have it soon, then she won't mind you asking for some pads. I did it! Your mom will totally understand. If ur still too shy, there are usually pads in most public bathrooms, definitely at school, that you can use. You could also just look in your moms bathroom or bedroom for some pads instead of asking her and just grab some if you find them. Just look in cabinets or dresser drawers. If you have an older sister or friend that has had her period, you could also ask them. Good Luck!

May 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it weird if i ask my friends about their periods? I am really curious, but i don't want them to feel awkward... should i ask them?
Here's what i would ask them: how big was your first period and what did it look like (color)?

July 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous PLSBlogger said...

Anyone have first period stories?

August 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddy a discharge is like a little warning befor ur period it usually happens between 6 months- 2 and a half years befor u actually get it but in my case it lasted about 3 years befor I got my period!!

August 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry Booblover I'm 13 and bearly hav any boobs ether don't worry it will happen soon!

August 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry if you're 11 and havent gotten your period. It's totally completely and utterly normal. Take me for example, I'm 14, going into grade 9 and I haven't gotten MY period. And I'm still normal. There may be a handful of girls who have been unlucky and gotten their period already, and I know that a lot of people tell you to be patient and you dont want your period. Just be a kid and don't rush growing up! Enjoy yourself. I know that's hard too though. Trust me no matter how many times people tell me I'm 'lucky' because I haven't gotten my period, I often feel left out because I am the only girl in my class who hasn't gotten her period. But some signs that you may be getting yours soon can be discharge, as yucky as it sounds it's completely normal! It's liquid that come out of your 'downstairs area' and it cleanses it out. Most girls get it one to two years before your first period. If it bothers you, you may want to consider using a panty liner to keep your undies fresh! Another sign can be your boobs starting to develop. Again, most girls get their period two years after their development begins. It could happen sooner though! I hope this helps, and enjoy being a kid while you can, I still am :)

August 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous on august 23rd:

thanks! That's really great advice!

August 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi guys this is my first time and I was wondering is acne normal? I have also developed pubic hair and under arm hair.does that mean i will get my period soon?

September 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Meelilly said...

OMG same problem. But is the crust a light sort of stain on your undies?

September 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Meelilly said...

I have the exact opposite problem!! I'm ten and mine are ENORMOSSE!!'

September 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To both of you girls yes that's exactly what it is I know this b/c I have it but by know you must know that! Lol

November 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM  

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