Are you prepared for the first menstruation?
Many of you are waiting for menstruation with great anxiety. You are afraid that it may surprise you at school, at a party, just about anywhere. You think about how to protect yourself from the outflow of blood…
Menstruation, period, monthly period, menstrual period, menses (Latin), catamenia, monthly bleeding.
Women undergo menstruation approximately once a month. The menstrual cycle is the period between the first day of one period and the first day of the next period. The cycle lasts about a month (usually 28 days).
The typical length of time between the first day of one period and the first day of the next is 21 to 45 days in young women, and 21 to 31 days in adults (an average of 28 days).
Bleeding usually lasts around 2 to 7 days. Menstruation stops occurring after menopause, which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age.
Sanitary napkin, sanitary towel, sanitary pad, menstrual pad
If you feel that your time has come, you should always have some kind of security at hand.
Always try to carry one waistband with you in your backpack or purse. Sanitary towels differ in size and thickness. Most of them are covered with a layer of cellophane, which prevents the penetration of blood. On the other hand, napkins have a layer of glue that is secured with a paper strip. Before using the sanitary napkin, peel off the paper strip and stick the pant to the panties. You can also buy pads that have wings, which is an additional protection against staining clothes.
Choose your size of napkin
You can buy different types of sanitary napkins, depending on the amount of bleeding. The largest ones, the longest and the thickest ones, are best for use during the night during heavy menstruation. In this way, you will certainly prevent stains on underwear and bedding. During the day, you can use a medium and thick napkin. If you have the last days of menstruation and the bleeding is minimal, you can use a mini sanitary napkin, which will certainly be enough. It is important to change the sanitary nappies frequently, i.e. every three to four hours to prevent clothing from staining and for hygienic reasons. Sanitary napkins should be thrown in the basket, previously wrapped in toilet paper, in no case into the toilet seat, so as not to clog the pipes.
A very comfortable protection against menstrual bleeding is a tampon. It is a cotton roller, equipped with a string or cord. Some of them have an applicator that makes it easy to put it into the vagina. Pulling the tampon is very easy, just pull the string. Tampons can be used by girls of all ages, including virgins. At the very beginning, buy yourself the tampon of the smallest size. When you get used to it, you can use a larger size.
Absorbency of tampons
Tampons are available in several absorbency ratings:
- Junior/Light absorbency: up to 6 g
- Regular absorbency: 6 – 9 g
- Super absorbency: 9 – 12 g
- Super Plus absorbency 12 – 15 g
- Ultra absorbency 15 – 18 g