Awwww Bless you. Seriously, it's not that bad. I guess by now I'm used to it cus it's been... how many years? 8 years or so? It's really not so bad. Don't feel unhygenic - it's natural. Seriously, you ought to be upset and worried if you didn't get your period! And look on the bright side, at least in means you appear normal fertility-wise!
And as for tampons/pads etc, I'm afraid you'll have to put up with one or the other. I'd stick with pads if you don't know how to insert a tampon, but tampons can be quite convenient, especially with horse-riding or whatever. Less leaks. I wouldn't know - I've never used a tampon but pads work fine for me. With tampons you'll have to make sure you change every few hours or it could be harmful to you, I think. Whereas pads you don't get that problem. What you might wanna do is maybe go on the tampon during the day, and the pad when you sleep, cus you can hardly change at regular intervals if you're asleep.
And as for camping, don't worry - you may not even be on your period during your week camping. And if you so happen to be, then take the pill just that once and run the packs together. That stops your period. It is discouraged to do this too frequently, so only do it if just for that week you really can't have your period. My housemate ran her packs together and skipped her period for the month due to exams, as she didn't want period pains.
All in all, it's really fine, my lovely. It's not that much hassle once you get used to it. It used to annoy me too and to be honest I still get annoyed sometimes, but I just look forward to when it finishes. You're not on your period for a way longer time than when you're on your period, so it's not too bad Just make sure you always have spare tampons/pads handy in case it catches you by surprise though, as you wouldn't know when your cycle starts just yet. It will vary according to your diet and environment and lifestyle. Mine was originally at the end of the month - went to uni and it shifted by a week per month until my cycle starts at the start of a month instead. Now I'm muddled up as to when it starts lol!
Oh and yeh, someone mentioned investing in dark trousers - yeh definitely invest in a few of those. Avoid wearing white or light colours on your lower half near or during your period. You may or may not want to invest in night pads as well for sleeping, as well, disgusting though it sounds, your blood does leak and you run the risk of ruining your bedsheets. So invest in a specific dark pair of sleeping trousers or shorts and a pair of underwear that you're not scared of ruining when you're on your period. Don't wear your best knickers on your period. I actually have specific trousers/underwear for when I'm on my period nowadays, so even if it leaks, no one sees... And if it ruins my underwear, it's cool because well, I expected it to happen and it's a trashy one I didn't want.
And it's normal to get mood swings before and during your period, as well as cramps and aches. I'm lucky in that I don't get much of it - I get cramps maybe once during my period, for just the 2 hours or so, then I never feel it again. It's odd. Your lower back may ache as well. It's perfectly normal
You'll get used to it
Oh last but not least - go tell your mum. Seriously, she can give you tips and advice. When I first got my period, I was a little shocked and I just stood there, froze, changed my underwear and went downstairs and told my mum, cus I had no idea what to do. She immediately came upstairs to the loo and basically showed me how to put on a pad etc. And she was discreet about it, cus I was a little unsure about it, so when family members ask what we're on about (cus we kinda spoke in code lol - I was 11 or 12), my mum just dismissed the family questions and said "Don't be so nosy!" So my mum was good about it. If you don't want the world to know, let your mum know but just say to her don't mention anything. Most girls seem embarrassed of the topic or when they're on their period they don't like people finding out. Again, it's quite normal lol.
Last edited by khil; 15-07-2007 at 16:04.
My first period is probably the worst period anybody coud have it hurt like **** and was really really heavy, it started on a sunday night and i spent most of monday at the school sanatorium with a hot water bottle cos i felt so awful. Sorry don't wanna scare with the horror stories of my menstrual cycle. Don't worry you'll get used to them, we all do, (except me, i can count on two hands the amount of periods i've had in the five years since i started) it'll become habit after a few months and if you do have any problems with them, go to the doctor they will probably have heard it before and will be able to help.
Last edited by hippieglitter; 15-07-2007 at 17:22.