Puberty, periods and growing up can be exciting but also daunting, that's why we've pulled together loads of information about common topics and questions.
Missed Periods when you're not expecting
We all dread that missed periods turn into morning sickness and weird cravings - but take a chill pill, there are other reasons...
What To Expect From Your First Period
You can get your period when you are as young as 8 or as old as 16. Most girls get their first period around the ages of 12 or 13
Your First Period
One of the biggest steps you will take in your amazing journey from girl to woman is the first time you get your period.
During puberty, as you move from a child to an adult, your body will start to go through many physical changes.
Skipping a period can be a bit worrying for girls, especially if you are normally very regular.
Female Reproductive System
Changes on the outside are directly related to what’s happening on the inside.
Your breasts will develop at different times for different body types; you may have noticed some of the girls at school starting to wear bras, if so, chances are your breasts are developing too. So what can you do about this pain?
The most common period symptom is the pain in your abdomen, back or thighs that is caused by menstrual cramps.
Late Menstrual Cycle
Waiting for your first period can be a stressful time for some girls – it helps to be prepared with all the relevant facts.
Irregular periods are actually pretty common; in fact about 1 in 3 of all girls get irregular periods at some time.
You may experience a dull ache right below the stomach and around the lower back just before, or during, your period.
Period When Pregnant
If you are sexually active, and feel there may be a chance that the missed period is related to unprotected sex it's time to get a home pregnancy test.
Preparing For Your First Period
If you don't want to be caught unawares by your first period it's best to have a few things on hand
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
Toxic Shock Syndrome (or TSS) is caused by a bacterium called Staphlococcus Aureus