Okay, so let’s start off with this. The average age to start your period is 12 but anywhere between 8-16 is normal. Usually you get your period around the same age as your mom, but not always. For example, my mom got her period at 12 (almost 13) but her sister got it at 16! Sometimes if you exercise vigorously you may start your period later.
About 6 months to a year before you start your period most girls will notice something called discharge. Discharge can very but most of the time it is white, clear or yellow, it can be stringy, watery, or sticky. The only thing that is not normal with discharge is if you have green discharge that has a very unpleasant odor. That can indicate that you have a yeast infection.
Another sign that your period is coming soon is PMS (pre menstrual syndrome). This can include mood swings, sore breast, cramps, headaches, back aches, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, fatigue, etc. Not all girls experience these so there is no need to worry.
Okay, now finally let’s move onto what periods do and how they work. A period is when your body prepares itself to carry a baby. If the egg doesn’t get fertilized by a sperm your body will shed it’s lining and come out within a couple days, that is a period. If a sperm DOES fertilize your eggs you would become pregnant. But don’t worry you can only become pregnant if you have sex. That is when a mans penis is inserted to a woman’s vagina. But you don’t always get pregnant when you have sex. And there are things you can use to prevent pregnancy, like male condoms, female condoms and birth control. A male condom is put on the mans privates. And a female condom is inserted into a woman’s privates. Birth control is a pill that you that you can take.
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