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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!

January 13, 2007

Dear Diary,

Great news! Yesterday, I got my period for the first time. I was in school when I felt something gooey in my underwear. I thought it was just discharge, so I went to the bathroom to check. I found brown stuff in my underwear. My hands started shaking. I thought maybe I’d gotten my period, but it didn’t look like blood. Also, I’m a little flat-chested and thought my period couldn’t come this early. Since school was almost over, I wiped the stuff off my underwear and went back to class. I was really scared—I thought something might be wrong with me!

By the time I got home, more of the brown stuff was on my underwear. When I told my mom, she exclaimed, “You've gotten your period!” We went to the pharmacy and got some pads. I decided to start with pads and try tampons later. I’d definitely try them before summer camp so I could go swimming.

I slept with a pad on. By the next morning, there was no doubt that I’d gotten my period! Even though some girls are shy about their periods, I was excited and told friends and family the news.

February 26, 2007

Dear Diary,

I was lucky to have my first period on a Friday. By Monday I still had it, so I brought pads to school in my backpack. At the beginning of class, I asked the teacher if I could go to the bathroom, then turned around and went. That way, it wasn’t obvious that I was bringing my backpack with me.

I’ve learned so much about my period! When you start getting it every month, you know when to expect it. In the beginning, your body can take awhile to get on a regular schedule. It’s been a month and a half since my first period, and I haven’t gotten it again. I always carry pads with me just in case. 

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.

Tampons

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.

© 2008 New Moon® Publishing, New Moon®: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams, Duluth MN.

 

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Content last reviewed May 15, 2008
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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