Dear Diary: Yesterday, I got my period for the first time. . .
by Molly Kaye
Hi! My name’s Molly, I’m 13 years old, and in January, I got my period for the first time. Even though I felt prepared, a few things surprised me. That’s why I’m sharing two entries from my diary with you—so you can be even more prepared than I was!
You can track your period with our cycle calendar.
Your period might feel exciting or it might feel like a hassle. For me, it was a little of both! Noting each day of your period in a diary or on a calendar is a great way to keep track of your symptoms so you know what to expect. Good luck!
Vaginal discharge is a whitish or clear fluid your vagina makes. You’ll start getting discharge about six months before your first period. You’ll keep getting it between periods.
Tips: Sometimes your period doesn’t look or feel the way you expect! Your period might look like blood right away, or it might start with pinkish, reddish, or brownish goo like mine did. If you’re wondering whether you’re really having your period, talk to an adult you trust.
Even before your period comes regularly, you can notice signs that might predict it. You might get cramps, headaches, or mood swings to warn you your period is coming!
If you get blood on your underwear, rinse them out under cold water before you put them in the wash to keep them from staining.
When I got my period, wiping off the blood and going back to class was OK, but now I can think of other things I could have done, especially if it hadn’t been almost time to go home. I could’ve gone to the nurse, asked a friend who’d already gotten her period what to do, or gone to the office to call my mom.
My mom and I bought lots of different types of pads so I could see what I liked best. You can ask your mom, sisters, aunts, or friends for recommendations.
Molly is a member of Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest organization for girls in the world. Through Girl Scouts’ Healthy Living Initiative, girls learn to make healthy choices for themselves and take action to improve community health.
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Content last reviewed May 15, 2008
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