The Girls' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

I will be 12 in one month. Yesterday I had a few spots of blood in my underwear. Today I had just one spot and a little bit of blood when I wiped. Now I don't have anything. Is this my first period?

Answer

Yes, you are experiencing your first period, barring an accident that might have torn your hymen. The amount of blood will vary quite a bit from month to month as you continue to develop. Some months you will have almost nothing and other months it will be quite a bit. You might not have one at all one in a great while.

Since a period generally lasts about five days, you should wear a pad to catch the blood for about a week, just in case you had a slow start followed by a more significant flow a few days later. Keep a few pads handy because your next period might not come precisely 28 days later.