What's a period?

Let’s get back to basics today with Allona’s simple but important question:

Dear PLS,

What is a period?

Allona, 9

A period is a sign that a girl is growing up or becoming a woman. In other words, a girl’s body is changing on the inside so that one day she could have a baby. Also called menstruation, a period is actually a period of a days when some blood is released through the vagina. You might say ew, gross! But it’s not so bad. And it happens to just about every older girl and woman. Pads or tampons will keep you comfortable and can prevent the menstrual flow from staining your underwear and clothes.

The blood is actually the shedding of the uterine lining, the lining of the uterus. The uterus is a reproductive organ inside a girl’s body. If a woman is going to have a baby, the lining stays put to help the fertilized egg (eventually a baby) grow. But if there's no growing fetus, or baby, there's no need for the lining.

For more information, check out All About Menstruation

Think pink!


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Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

Thank you so, so much Jemma for posting, not one, not two, but three! These are long awaited and much appreciated!

August 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous pink-a-boo said...

I agree with Remakingabraveme. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!

August 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought of it as an egg

August 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jemma... I am so glad you are back. I thought that you were gone for good. And you posted not just one but 3 posts.. I was losing faith in this blog but you just brought it back

August 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just got my first periods this week, and i finally got used to pads, but somehow i always end up getting blood on my undies. i tried soaking them in cold water but it didn't get it out. what other methods are there? and what can i do about the cramps i get?
-pink glitter girl

August 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

Periods also come with sideeffects such as cramps which can be realllyyyy bad n back pain n headaches

August 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM  
Anonymous pink-a-boo said...

Anonymous on August 8
try using a bit of hand soap on the spot as you are washing it, and rub the undies for a minute where the blood is once you have soap on that spot. Rinse and repeat. If that doesn't work, you'll either have to ignore the blood it or buy new undies. :P
Hope I helped!

August 13, 2014 at 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! i'll try it :)
-pink glitter girl

August 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't gotten me period yet and to be honest, I'm a little scared!I'm starting middle school soon in a few days.I have the supplies I need(pads) if it were to ever happen though.I'm just scared because it's so gross to me because the blood and I'm scared I'll be the only sixth grader to get my period.Any advice?

August 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how old are you? i think you did a great job at that and do you know when girls first get there period?

August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank u guys soooooooo much

August 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm a fifth grader and I got mine today. It's not so bad. I would use pads for start

December 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Leah09 said...

@anonymous who asked when girls recieve their period, i is from ages 8-15, so yeah, maybe a wide time:),
Hope I help, I am new by the way:)

December 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Isabella09 said...

no one in school likes me! and I have no freinds!
Can someone pleas give me advice?
Thanks a lot,

December 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Isabella09 said...

oh and sorry it does not have anything to do with this post!

December 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous princessspiggy101 said...

if you're beginning your period i suggest you use kotex:tween or if you are very active or want to be comfromable i suggest stayfree:ultra thins. i wear stayfree ultra thins very comfromable i i garrantee you it moves with u . OH an extra tips wear your old underwear.

December 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I just wanted to say, as a girl who has had her period, that everyone is different. Nobody should be afraid of a period, because it is simply a sign that you are maturing and becoming a woman. Of course, they can be a pain in the butt, but you will eventually learn to handle your period like any other hygiene issue. When the Aunt Flo knocks at your door, be sure to be prepared, and to tell a trusted adult (I told my mom). They will help you out, and show you how to manage your period. But most importantly: relax! every woman gets one at one time or another! Think of it like you are just growing older, and that you are maturing. No problem. Good Luck!

January 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ew that's gross I'm not getting married

January 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tie a jacket around your waist so blood doesn't show through.:)

January 16, 2015 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


January 17, 2015 at 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry I'm also a sixth grader but I haven't started my Period yet.I'm actually excited.there's nothing to be scared about.I'm new here.

April 16, 2015 at 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A period is when your body decides it isn't having a baby. It flushes out all of the blood and tissue and padding that was inside you, waiting for a baby.

May 14, 2015 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jemma and let me tell u periods suck but u get out of a lot of stuff🙀☺️

June 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

For any girls out there who are nervous for there first period to come or any girls who only think ew! or gross! when they hear the word period your not alone. I got my period when I was 10 (in fifth grade) And I've had it for a few years now. It was a struggle at first because I wasn't use to the responsibility that came along with it but having my period eventually became a lot easier and I was excited that I was finally becoming a women! Bottom line you shouldn't be scared of your period you should look forward to it and embrace it when it gets here!


August 5, 2015 at 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Shania said...

Thanks so much I afraid and am 9

August 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Magentakick850 said...

Shania your 9 so unless your mum got hers when she was 8 9 10 then you really don't need to worry. I'm 10 and in fourth grade im one of the oldest BTW. My mom got hers at 12 and people say it's earlier these days, I have done a few quizzes and they seem to think I will get it at 11 SSSI I know to be prepared!!!!!!! Good luck and think pink!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From Magentakick850

January 2, 2016 at 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys am new 2 this blog am 13 and 4 months but I don't have my periods plizzz help :-)

January 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Aunt Flo?

February 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous CryBBy said...

A period is the lining your uterus built up in case you got pregnant. It happens when an egg releases from the ovaries and travels through the fallopian tube. But if the egg doesn't get fertilized, the lining (blood) comes out and you can use many different types of products to collect the blood.

June 18, 2016 at 2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Flo is your period

July 2, 2016 at 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Melanie!!! i needed that. (i have not started mine)

July 2, 2016 at 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks CryBBy

July 21, 2016 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous advicefordays7 said...

If you have questions don't be afraid to talk to your mom or some other female you trust like a friend or family member that already got their period I talked to my mom it was the best thing ever bc I wanted to talk to her about it for so long and now my mom gave me permission to talk to my doctor about and now I feel great for getting all of that period stuff out so again don't be afraid to talk to a trusted female or anyone you trust

August 9, 2016 at 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS!!!! ;)

September 9, 2016 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous tiger 🐯 said...

❤️Pls. Hate puberty.

March 6, 2017 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous #tiger🐯 said...

I didn't start my period yet and I need help!

March 6, 2017 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Reagan said...

I have started my period already I am here for anyone who needs help with anything or if you have questions I am here 2 answer them.Yes puberty sucks but wait until you get your period I am not going to sugar coat anything its pretty bad.I use pads and tampons so if you have questions about those I can answer them and don't be scaird to ask any questions we are all girls who go through the same thing. Having your period is no icing on the cake either you have cramps,headaches,your mood changes all the time and you crave all kinds of different things.But not all girls have cramps and thoese are the lucky ones(lol)but its not really something that you can avoid,it happens to all of us and we just have to deal with it. But if anyone has any questions just ask I am here for all of you! xoxo

June 30, 2017 at 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I wasn't sure what a period was before but thanks to your help, I finally know! Thanks!

July 24, 2017 at 1:16 PM  

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