Who’s Aunt Flo and Why Is She Visiting Me?
By Simone P.
Hey, sis! You just started your cycle. I know, it’s a little nerve-wracking. But no need to fret; cycles (also known as “periods,”) regular and irregular, are both a natural part of a cisgender girl’s journey to womanhood. When I was in middle school, I also was terrified of getting my period and learning how to manage my body's new needs, but I found comfort in talking to my friends about it. They were going through the same thing!
Terms to Know:
Cisgender: Someone whose gender aligns with the sex they were born with
Cycle/Period: also known as a menstrual cycle, is when the lining of a woman’s uterus sheds, which makes pregnancy possible
Pads: an absorbent item worn for during one’s cycle
Tampons: another absorbent item worn for menstruation, except this bad boy goes inside you. On the plus side, it’s more comfortable and you can go swimming if you wear one.
“Irregular” Cycle: Irregular cycles are mainly inconsistent when it comes to the time they start, how long they are, and when they end. It’s perfectly normal for a period to be a little longer or shorter considering your body is still growing
“Regular” Cycle: Regular cycles maintain a constant time frame in terms of starting and finishing. They normally occur after puberty and become easy to manage when you start to get used to it.
CLICK HERE to read more about managing your cycle on the "Feminine Hygiene" Resource Page
Helpful Tips that worked for me:
Have a pouch dedicated to holding your feminine products (pads, tampons, wipes).
Find some painkillers that are strong enough and comfortable for you to take. Ask a doctor about this.
Having a heating pad is always the best way to make cramps feel a little better.
Talk to older women in your life that you feel comfortable with about their journey with their cycles.
Schedule your first gynecologist appointment. Vaginal health is important!