Let’s talk about your P-E-R-I-O-D. Menstruation! That thing that happens to every single girl in the entire world.
It’s our bodies, and it’s our responsibilities to know how they work.
Let’s answer some of your concerns
Nkiru from Enugu: “I’m already 15! And I haven’t started my period yet. All my friends are teasing me, saying I’m still a kid. Am I normal?”
You are fine! Chill.
Most girls start menstruating between age 12- 13 years. Some girls start as late as 16 years.
Ask your mom how old was she when she got her first period. Things like that can be hereditary.
Also, girls who are into athletics or smaller frame sometimes have delayed periods.
Some girls don’t get their periods because of hormone imbalances or even severe stress.
Talk to a health professional if you are over 16 years and yet to see your period
Zara from Kano: *“I’m 18 and I notice there’s an irregular cycle to my period. I even have twice a month and the flow is so heavy! Help me!” *
On average, a woman will get her period for 3 to 7 days once a month. But the amount of blood shed during a period varies. Some women have heavier periods than the others. Here are some common causes of irregular periods:
- Stress. It is the most common cause of irregular periods
- Diet. Avoid high-fat, high sugar
- Exercise. To menstruate normally, your body needs to have a certain amount of fat and nutrients. If you’re training hard (and we mean hard!) for sports, sometimes this can stop your period from happening regularly.
Never be afraid to seek answers. If you’re worried, ask your mom. If she doesn’t know what’s wrong, ask your doctor. If they don’t know, ask another doctor. It’s your body, it’s your life, and it’s your choice to make.
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