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your period (aka menstruation) is when blood and tissue from your uterus are shed through your vagina. this usually happens once a month and lasts anywhere from 2-7 days. 


There is no right age to get your period. It will come when your body is ready and this time will be different for everyone. Most girls get their period around 12, but some may start as early as 8 or as late as 16.  

Your periods might not come regularly at first, and this is completely normal. As you get older, your period will become more consistent. If you are worried with the irregularity of your cycle, talk to your doctor!

Always talk to someone if you have any concerns about your period. A parent, older sister, school nurse, doctor or any trusted adult can be great at giving advice. Your period is nothing to be ashamed of!

There are many different ways to manage your period- products like pads, panty liners, and tampons are all great options!


On any given day approximately 800 million women and girls are on their period. It is completely normal and a sign your body is happy and healthy!

it's normal

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