Even if you don’t have them yourself, you will already know someone who has periods. This webpage has lots of resources to help you learn more: for yourself, for friends, for family for a healthier and happier life.
‘Menarche’ (MEN-ar-kee) is the name of the first period. Periods can start anytime between 9 – 16 years for people who have a uterus.
Period tracking is when you record information about your period to help you learn about and keep track of your menstrual cycle. People have been tracking their periods manually for thousands of years, but these days there are apps you can use to help track your menstrual cycle, such as Clue and Flo.
At its most basic level, period tracking can help you predict when your period is due, but there is more to your menstrual cycle than just your period. Tracking every day, or in the days before and after your period, can help you understand your cyclical symptoms. (Taken from Brook)
Your menstrual cycle is more than your period. Tracking your cycle will help you develop a sense of your body’s natural rhythm and better identify any patterns. This cycle tracker will help you easily compare one cycle to the next and help you spot any changes as they arise.
Use a Cycle Tracker to:
Keep on top of your monthly cycle
Identify and understand your body’s unique patterns
Note any similarities or differences that might occur with your period, and throughout the month
There are lots of reason why people with vaginas might not have periods durng their life. Some people are on contraception, or have health conditions that mean their periods stop or they may take medication/have an operation to stop them having periods. Trans women will not have periods and some trans men and non-binary people will have periods.
Periods slow down and then stop completely after approximately 40 years, between the ages of 45 – 55. This is called the menopause. There can be some fluctuations and hormonal changes in the perimenopause (the time leading up to the menopause when periods have completely stopped). Some people think this time is like puberty because of the amount of hormonal changes that are taking place. Puberty is the beginning of the fertility cycle and menopause is the end.
Some of the disposable pad brands we know of (there are LOTS more!):
Supermarket own brands
How periods affect different people
Trans & non binary menstruators
Understanding non-binary people – how to be respectful and supportive link HERE
In the UK
Period poverty means when someone can’t afford period products, and in the UK that is 1 in 10 girls. Products can be expensive. If you need help talk to your school as they may be able to provide you with free products. If you can, use a menstrual cup that is reusable for several years.