Dear Hope: Mom, I Think It’s Time
l think I am about to start my period. I am about to be 12, and I have some signs. I don’t have cramps, but I do think I have the other signs: discharge, mood swings and cravings. I want to tell my mom that I think I am about to start, and I want to get some pads just in case, but it’s awkward. Any advice?
– Don’t know what to say
Dear Don’t know what to say,
I think it’s a great idea to be prepared. Having the supplies ready will help you feel more comfortable when your period comes. Usually girls start experiencing discharge 6 months before their first period, but that time can vary. Even though you are showing signs, it’s hard to determine when it will happen. The average age is 12-13, but some girls start earlier, or don’t start until they are 16.
Even though it might feel awkward, you should definitely talk to your mom. Remember she knows what it feels like. Every female has been through this. Even if she acts a little uncomfortable at first, it’s ok. Keep talking! Moms have a hard time seeing their little girls grow up, but she is your best resource.
If you get your period before you get some supplies, just fold up some toilet paper and place it in your underwear. You usually won’t bleed that much your first time. The toilet paper will hold you over for a bit while you get some pads.
Once you have some pads, carry one in your purse or backpack. You can put it in a makeup bag or a pencil bag and have it ready just in case. If it happens at school and you are not prepared go talk to the nurse or a female teacher. Trust me they all understand and can help you.
It’s a totally normal part of life. It happens to every girl. Don’t be shy about talking to your mom. You’ve got this!
Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.