For parents

She's not alone

Every young woman’s body is unique, so it’s normal for different girls to have their first period at different ages. Don’t panic if your daughter has started her period before her friends - or if they’ve started their periods and she hasn’t.

If she feels a bit nervous, one of the best ways to help her relax is to work out when her time of the month is due. Use our period predictor. To help remember you could suggest she writes the dates in a calendar or diary.

What does period pain feel like?
Some girls are perfectly healthy, but can have completely pain-free periods. Or, periods that only bother them a little. For most, periods can be uncomfortable - but thankfully, not for too long.

Some girls experience Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, in the days or weeks before their period. Emotionally, they might feel cranky, and not themselves. Physical symptoms can include feeling ‘bloated’, tender breasts, a swollen stomach, back and lower abdominal pain, headaches, lack of concentration, mood swings, clumsiness, and even tiredness.

For many, cramps are a signal that blood flow is near. Sometimes cramps can last for just a day, but a small number of girls experience cramps for three or more days.

They might feel slightly uncomfortable, but able to carry on with their day-to-day lives, school and friendships. Tough cramps can stop girls from enjoying everyday activities, and can even keep them tucked up in bed, wishing the pain would go away as quickly as possible.

Usually, the pain is centred in the lower abdomen, although sometimes it travels up the spine, down the legs, and round to the lower back. It’s not unusual to feel dizzy or nauseous, maybe even to throw up. Or even to have headaches, diarrhea or constipation.

But, the symptoms shouldn’t last more than a few days. If they do, it’s a smart idea to talk to your family doctor together, because there’s a lot that they can do about tough cramps and pain.

Help her cope with the pain

Help her cope with the pain

It’s horrible when we see someone we love in pain, but your daughter doesn’t have to suffer. It may be useful for her to use a Feminax product...

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