Managing your time of the month
My name is Amina, I am 13 years old.
Last Saturday, I started my period. I was very afraid. There was blood all over my pants and clothes. I ran to my mother because I thought that I was dying.
She told me that it is very normal and I should not be afraid. She said it only means that my body is beginning to prepare for adulthood and for me to have a baby when I am older and ready to raise children.
I didn’t understand. I don’t even have a boyfriend. How can I be preparing for a baby!
My mum said it is not like that. It doesn’t mean I am going to get pregnant. Only that my body has matured. Now every month, my womb prepares to carry a baby. The lining of my womb gets thicker. When I do not get pregnant, this lining passes out. That is the blood I see.
My mum said most girls see their period every 28 days. She gave me a small calendar so that I can keep track. She also gave me a small purse, she called it my period bag. She said I should always carry it, in case my period comes unexpectedly.
Here’s what’s inside:
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