Menarche, or when a girl gets her first menstrual period, marks the passage into womanhood. Many girls like you become excited on the day they get their first period. Other girls rather tend to be worried. And many of you would surely want to know more about this crucial menstrual period. Some of you might want to know what it should be like during the period. And another frequently asked question is the normal length of menarche. So, how long does your first period last?
Each woman’s body is different. Every woman has her own individual menstrual cycle that usually falls within the range of 21 and 40 days. The start of this cycle will be marked by your period. Normally, or in average, this period lasts for 2 to 7 days and with menstrual blood slightly changing its color throughout the duration of the period. The periods usually start off with a light flow and then get heavier until tapering off. A girl having a period that lasts a little longer, say for as long as 10 days, rarely happens. When this happens, the bleeding or flow should not be that heavy for the case to be considered normal. During the menarche, you shouldn’t worry too much if your period is “regular” or not. Periods becoming regular most likely happen 2 or 3 years after a woman’s menarche.
Having light or short periods should not pose much of a problem for most girls. What you should be more concerned about is the flow being too heavy. Usually, the bleeding becomes heaviest during the second and/or third day of the period. If and when your flow becomes heavy enough to soak a super-absorbent pad even after just a couple of hours, then seeing your pediatrician is definitely a good idea.
During menarche, feeling bloated or uncomfortable is not unusual. This feeling is caused by the water that your body is retaining during menstruation. You might also feel a slight headache, backache or leg ache during the 2 to 7 days of your first period. These too are normal. Cramping, the most common symptom of menarche, is probably more painful than these body pains. These cramps are usually caused by hormones that contract the muscles of the uterus. When there is a large amount of these hormones, the contractions become painful. The good thing is you may have these cramps during menarche or other menstrual periods, but not with all the periods in your life.
These symptoms of menarche may be a little too uncomfortable or painful but they happen during the 2 to 7 days of your life that signify the many changes that occur during your passage to womanhood.