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There's lots more I want to know! Q&A

There's lots more I want to know! Q&A There's lots more I want to know! Q&A

First timers

Q. When will I get my next period?

A. Basically, you get your period once a month. But some girls don't get their period for many months after they've had their first period. That's because their hormone balance does not stabilize for one to two years after their first period. Their menstrual cycles stabilize in four or five years and they will start to get their period every month. Your next period generally comes between 25 and 35 days after the first day of your period, but this varies from one person to another. Your cycle also changes depending on your physical condition, so don't worry.

Can I take a bath during my period?

Q. Can I take a bath during my period?

A. You can have a dip in the bathtub if your flow is not so heavy. You don't have to worry about bacteria entering your vagina. It's possible, however, that your flow may leak into the water, so it's best to just take a shower if you are not taking a bath at home.

Q. Will I always get cramps before my period?

A. There's no rule that all girls get cramps before their period. Some girls have a heavy feeling around their belly or hips and others feel the same as they usually do. You may feel differently each month. It's no big deal, so don't worry too much about it.

Q. The blood on my pad doesn't look red but looks dark instead.

A. You may get a little bit of dark brownish blood (that looks like chocolate) on your panties for a while after your first period. Menstrual flow that contains blood and the membrane lining from the uterus wall normally looks dark, unlike blood from an injury. But if your flow is bright red or if you see globs of blood that's slightly larger than a pickled plum, keep a close eye on your flow.

I saw a glob mixed in my flow that looked like a raw piece of liver. I'm afraid that I may be sick.

Q. I saw a glob mixed in my flow that looked like a raw piece of liver. I'm afraid that I may be sick.

A. New blood is red and thin, but once it gets old over time, it gets thicker and looks like a piece of raw liver. That is probably what you saw. Your menstrual flow contains not only blood but also pieces of the membrane lining of the uterus. That's why you may see globs from time to time. This is perfectly normal and as long as those globs are about the size of pickled plums, there's no problem.

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