It’s not something to be ashamed of
Getting your period for the first time is a big deal! You’ll most likely experience different emotions all at once – scared, excited, confused, embarrassed and, of course, you’ll have lots of questions.
Don’t bottle up all those emotions and concerns because you’re afraid of what others will say. Remember, every girl is going to get her period. It’s a totally normal part of puberty.
The key to coping with your period in the best way is to talk about it!
How to tell your friends
If your group of friends does not openly discuss what it means to get your period and all that goes with it, then it’s time to step up. If you hang out with boys and girls, try to create a time when you have just the girls around and gently bring up the subject.
Start by saying something like, “I got my period this month, it’s pretty exciting! Has anyone else got theirs?”
Your honesty will most likely encourage your friends to open up. You may be surprised that you’re not the first one in your group to start your period. The great thing about being open with each other is that you’ll be able to help each other with advice and answering questions.
How to tell your family
It’s important to let those close to you know what’s happening with you. This will give them the opportunity to support and help you. Find a quiet time at home to tell them, it might be your mum, dad or guardian. Explain how you feel – scared, excited, nervous – and ask them if they have any advice for you.
This will make them want to help. It will also make them realize that you’re growing up and becoming an adult.
Remember, periods are a normal part of life and all girls will get their period eventually. Don’t try to go through it on your own. By talking about it, you’ll create a support system for yourself.
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