What you need to know
Periods are a normal part of growing up for most girls and you’ll have your first period during puberty. During your period you’ll lose a small amount of blood from your vagina. It’s nothing to be scared of and it only will last for a few days.
You’ll get your period about once a month and it’ll last between 3 and 8 days. You might have a stomach ache before or during your period so ask your parent or carer about a hot water bottle or your usual painkillers to help the pain.
You can use sanitary pads, tampons or menstrual cups to collect the blood. If you don’t have one of these right now you can put some tissue or toilet paper in your underwear until you can get one to use.
Sometimes periods aren’t regular, especially when they first start and it might be difficult to plan exactly when you’ll get your period.