Free Flow Fact File
The typical age that periods start is between 10-
13 but it’s not unusual if it begins as early as 8 or
as late as 17.
Periods tend to last for 3-7 days about once a
month (every 4-5 weeks), but this varies from
person to person. In the first few years of having
your period, your cycle tends to vary in terms of
the lengths of days and how often you get your
Period poverty refers to the lack of knowledge
and resources that are experienced in many
countries and cultures when it comes to periods.
In India, an estimated 70% of all reproductive
diseases are caused by poor menstrual hygiene.
In India, 71% of young girls are unaware of
menstrual health until after their first period.
On average, girls miss six days of class each
month due to shame surrounding their periods
or a lack of sanitary products. This contributes to
the 23% drop out rate of girls each year in India.
The average person loses between 1-6
tablespoons of blood during each period. It can
be thin or clumpy, and can vary in color from
dark red to brown or pink.
When on your period, you can use pads
(reusable or non reusable), tampons and
menstrual cups and the regularity of how often
you change them throughout the day should
depend on how heavy your period is.
Many people experience PMS (premenstrual
syndrome) before or during their periods which
have emotional and physical symptoms including
moodiness, sadness, anxiety, bloating, and acne.
These symptoms are completely normal to
experience and tend to go away after the first
few days of a period.
Along with PMS, it is very common for periods to
cause cramps (back pains and stomach aches)
and headaches. These pains can be reduced by
taking Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or applying a hot
water bottle to your stomach/back.
It is normal for your first period to only last a
couple of days and for your flow to be light.
Your hairs will grow during puberty - armpits,
genitals, and it may get darker on your arms and
Having sex whilst on your period does not stop
you from getting pregnant, the chances are slim
but it is not impossible.
Anaemia occurs when there is an iron deficiency,
a problem that is often caused by heavy periods,
and symptoms include tiredness, shortness of
breath and heart palpitations.
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