How To It is possible to get a period at a very young age.

Most girls start their period between the ages of 12 and 13 but you can start as early as 8 years old.It can be hard to get your period early and feel different from other girls.Handling your period while you are at school is one of the scariest parts.If you know how to manage your period and have the support of adults in your life, you will feel better about it.

Step 1: You may feel different than your friends.

At ages 8-16, you can get your period.You would usually get it at ages 11 to 14.It is possible that you are the first one of your friends to start your period.You are the same age as your friends, but you are dealing with some issues that may be hard for them to understand.Continue to hang out with your friends and do things that you enjoy doing with them.You are still young.Do not talk to your friends about your period if they don’t understand what you’re going through.These conversations can be had with your parents or other female family members.Talk to your friends about the things that are important to them.You can let your friends know that you’re not feeling well because of your period.It will become easier once your friends start getting their periods.

Step 2: In any situation, be prepared.

When your period starts, you may not always be at home or school.You can feel less nervous if you know what you will do.Talk to your parent about how to deal with your period.If you start your period at a friend’s house, what will you do?If you want to go swimming, what will you do?If you don’t have a sanitary napkin, what will you do?

Step 3: It’s a good idea to use pads first.

When you first start your period, many people think it’s a good idea to use pads.You can put the pads in your underwear.It is necessary to put a tampon inside of your vagina.It will be easier for you to tell when it’s time to change your pads.Some girls use pads and some use tampons.Talk to your parent to find out which option is best for you.If you want to see which one you like the most, you can try both pads and tampons.It’s possible thatpons are more comfortable for playing sports and swimming.

Step 4: If you get cramps, you should take a pain medicine.

During your period, you may experience some pains.It can be difficult to do your normal activities when you have painful cramps.Ask your parents if you should take pain medication.Before you go to school, you should take pain medication.Your parents can help you decide when and how much pain medicine to take.Ask your female family members if they have any problems.If they do, you are more likely to have them.It is possible to help with cramps if you place a heating pad on your lower abdomen or back.

Step 5: Write in a journal

Emotions can be felt about your period.Are you upset that your period has begun?Do you feel different from your friends now that you have a period?All of the emotions are normal.Writing down how you feel is a good way to express yourself.You have to be honest about how you are feeling in your journal.

Step 6: Do something that is enjoyable.

You feel less like a kid when you get your period at an early age.Even though managing your period is a big responsibility, you can still do what you like.Instead of thinking about your period, focus on the things that make you happy.You can watch a movie or play outside.Discuss things that aren’t related to your period with your friends.

Step 7: It’s important to get plenty of sleep.

Your body is going through a lot of changes.You are more cranky when you are on your period.You need 10 to 11 hours of sleep if you are between the ages of 7 and 12.You can feel worse if you don’t get enough sleep.

Step 8: You should bring an extra change of clothes.

Accidents are not uncommon.You may start your period unexpectedly or you may bleed more heavily than normal.Getting blood on your clothes can make you feel uncomfortable.You will be able to handle it if you are prepared.You should keep a pair of pants and underwear in your locker.You can ask the school nurse or guidance counselor to keep your clothes in their office.If you have an accident, you can keep a shirt or jacket around your waist.When you are on your period, don’t wear light colored pants and skirts.Accidents can be spotted on lighter colors.

Step 9: You should carry pads or tampons with you.

You should always have feminine hygiene products with you at school.They should be kept in a plastic bag in your backpack, locker, or purse.You will always have your supplies with you.If you don’t have sanitary napkins with you, ask a female teacher or school nurse.They know how to deal with periods and will be happy to help you.When you are not on your period, keep these items with you.

Step 10: You should change your pad.

Every 8 hours, thepons and pads should be changed.You feel like everyone can hear what you are doing in the bathroom if you change your pad at school.Don’t worry about other people hearing you.No one’s business is what you are doing in the bathroom.Be brave.Don’t go to the bathroom during busy times.There are a lot of noises in the bathroom if you are with other people.Changing your pad is louder for you than it is for everyone else.Go up to your teacher and say that you need to go to the bathroom because you have a girl issue.Your teacher knows what you are talking about.There should be a trashcan in the bathroom stall for you to throw away your sanitary items.Wrap your used pad in tissue paper and throw it in the trashcan.You can ask the school nurse to use a single stall bathroom.

Step 11: Tell a friend.

When you get your period at an early age, you may feel different from your friends.You might want to tell a friend that you can trust them.You can get support from this person.If you do not want your friends to know about your period, you don’t have to tell them.This is not public information.You should be careful who you tell.If your friend gossips about other people, you should not tell them.Find a friend that you’ve shared secrets with before.

Step 12: You should tell your mother or female relative.

Older women in your family are aware of what you are going through.Let them know that you got your period if you haven’t already done so.This is a normal part of growing up and it may feel awkward to talk about it.Your female family members are here to help you through this time in your life.They can help you get all of the period supplies you need.They dealt with their period when they were younger.

Step 13: Talk to your doctor.

The best place to ask questions is a health care professional.Do you think what you are experiencing is normal?Some girls are more comfortable talking to a doctor than a family member.If you haven’t started your period, your doctor can give you a physical exam and estimate when you can start.Discuss your worries or concerns.If your period is erratic, heavy, or causes you pain, it is a good idea to talk to someone who has answers.Take a list of questions with you to your doctor’s appointment.If you get nervous, this will help you remember your questions.

Step 14: An adult that you trust is at your school.

When you are at school, your family or doctor won’t be with you.Think about a female teacher, school nurse, or guidance counselor that you feel comfortable with.If you need help at school, this person can help.You will know where to go if you identify this person first.Your parent could send a note to this person to let them know that you have started your period and that they can help you if you need it.