YOUR FIRST PERIOD – WHAT TO EXPECT


YOUR FIRST PERIOD – WHAT TO EXPECT

Women to Women OB GYN Care is proud to provide invaluable reproductive health services to the women of Hollywood, Florida. We see women from the onset of their periods to well beyond their last one. Our reproductive health can play a large part in our identities as women and it is important to have an educated understanding of it. We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our highly trained OB GYN doctors for a physical and to ask any questions you want answered. In our last blog we discussed the onset of menses, or a woman’s period. This week, we will cover what to expect with your periods and some common questions young women have.

What to Expect with Your Period

When your period begins, there are certain things you can expect. While there are generalizations to be made, the order in which they happen to you, and their intensity is completely unique to your body. How you experience the symptoms can change from month to month and will shift over your life too. Some women first notice a dull aching pain in their lower abdomen, while for others,

the first thing you might notice is some menstrual material (while not technically blood, it is often referred to as blood) in your underpants as it exits your vagina. This is where feminine hygiene products come into play. You have several choices when it comes to staying clean and saving your underwear.

ces or Diva Cups®, Tampons and Pads, Oh My!

In order to catch your menstrual flow material, you’ll want to use one of several products on the market.

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Other Symptoms to Expect During Your Period

Besides the expelling of the endometrium, the hormones that trigger your period, also cause other symptoms.

What is a Normal Level of Flow?

Every woman’s body is different, so there is really more of a range than a specific level to expect. Your period can last between 2 and 7 days. Some women have a very light flow and other women are constantly surprised at how heavy their flow is. As stated above, if your flow is exceedingly heavy and painful, it could be the sign of a medical problem such as uterine fibroids, or even cancer, so you should not take it as just part of being a woman, but seek help. If your periods are irregular, don’t be alarmed. As your body matures, they will very likely sort themselves out. If you are concerned, keep track of the days on which you have a flow and talk to your OB GYN. 
It is a good idea to have your first OB GYN appointment around the time of your first period for the opportunity to ask any questions, and so you have a doctor established if you have any problems.

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