Being a teen is exciting, the world opens up to you in ways you never imagined! But we also know it can be a difficult time in your life. It may feel like you’re the only one going through these changes, but you are not alone. Every change that you experience, emotionally and physically, is just a sign that you are growing up, and growing up is great! Starting your period is a natural part of this process and although it may seem weird and even a little scary at first, we all go through it. Periods are part of what makes us women and being a woman is amazing.The Lil-lets teen range is the most extensive range of period protection products, especially designed for teenagers in South Africa.
During puberty our bodies release hormones and it’s these hormones that transform us from being girls into being women. Most girls start their periods between the ages of 8 and 18, however everyone is different and some girls will start earlier or later than this.
A good sign that your period may be starting soon is the change in the size and shape of your breasts, growth of underarm and pubic hair and discharge in your underwear that is creamy or yellow in colour. You’re probably going to have times when you feel moody too, one minute you’re up and then down the next. It’s nothing to be grossed out about; it’s just your body doing normal growing up things and it’s all part of being a woman.
Understanding your body
Having your first period doesn’t have to be as scary as everyone makes it out to be. Being a teenager is a special time in your life when you start the journey from being a girl to a young woman.
This time is often referred to as puberty and it involves a whole lot of pretty big but very natural changes taking place both inside and outside your body.
Having periods is nature’s way of keeping your reproductive organs healthy and in good working order. Inside each of us are two ovaries filled with tiny eggs, and two fallopian tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus or womb.
Each month you body releases an egg that begins its journey down to the uterus. If the egg is fertilised by a sperm cell then a foetus will develop in the womb. In to prepare for this the uterus lining thickens with blood and other nutrients. If the egg is not fertilised your body will shed the egg along with the blood and nutrients from your body and this is when you have your period.
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