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Top Questions Your Teen Has About Periods (But They’re Too Embarrassed To Ask!)



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Top Questions Your Teen Has About Periods blog

by Team Thinx | 02/28/2024

Medically reviewed by Dr. Saru Bala

We’ve made great strides in destigmatizing conversations around periods. In fact, your child may not be as uncomfortable talking about their period as you once might’ve been. But there are still some menstruation questions that can feel a little too uncomfortable to ask, if ya know what we mean?

8 Questions Your Teen Might Have About Their Period

Here’s a few questions (and their answers) that your teen might want to know, but be too embarrassed to ask, about their period. Addressing them is essential to normalizing our body’s natural functions and empowering our children to know their bodies - especially during menstruation. 

1) What is my period? Your period is a natural monthly cycle where your body readies the uterus lining for potential pregnancy. If pregnancy doesn't happen, your body gently sheds this lining, leading to the release of blood during your menstrual cycle. Going through periods is a regular part of your body maturing during puberty.

2) How long should my period be? Typically, your cycle should occur around every 28 days, lasting between 3 to 5 days. When your period first starts, you may experience some irregularity. That is ok! You can track your period with an app or calendar to monitor for any menstrual irregularities. If you experience periods longer than 7 days or experience consistently irregular periods, it’s best to consult your doctor.

3) Will my period smell? Though a healthy period can have a slight smell of blood, it’s generally not noticeable to others. Proper hygiene practices, such as regular changing of menstrual products and showering, can alleviate any odors. If you do experience a strong odor, it could be a sign of a condition unrelated to menstruation. Always consult a doctor with any concerns about your period.

4) How heavy will my flow be? Flow can vary between different menstruators. Typically, your period may begin with a medium to heavy flow, before transitioning into a light or very light flow towards the end. The amount of blood lost is small (two to three tablespoons). If your bleeding lasts longer than seven days or you are experiencing excessive bleeding where you have to change your menstrual products every hour, it’s best to consult a doctor. 

5) Why is my period clumpy? Finding clumps in period blood is not a cause for concern. They are a blood clot, and it’s perfectly normal. Typically, it’s a sign that you’re in the part of your menstrual cycle where your flow is the heaviest. Pay attention to what is normal for you over time, and if you notice any changes in your cycle, such as larger blood clots and heavy menstrual bleeding, consult your doctor. 

6) Why am I pooping so much during my period? Many menstruators experience gastrointestinal changes leading up to and during their period. Fatty acids known as prostaglandins help to contract smooth muscles (like your uterus) to expel the lining during your period. When prostaglandins are in excess, we see these effects in other smooth muscles, like bowels, which can lead to more poop and even diarrhea.

7) Why is my period leaking? At the end of class, you got up and saw a red stain on your chair. It happens! Usually, a period leak can be a result of the following: a crooked pad or tampon, a full menstrual product, or an incorrectly positioned menstrual cup. To remedy leaks, look into using period products that best suit your consistency and flow, and change your products regularly. Check out Thinx absorbent period underwear for extra support during your cycle.

8) Will my period hurt? Periods look different for everyone and so do symptoms. Some people experience cramps, headaches, or other symptoms that may be uncomfortable during their cycle. There are over-the-counter medicines available to remedy these. Your period should never become extremely painful. If you begin to experience painful periods, reach out to your doctor. 

Let's Destigmatize Period Talk Together

Remember, there may be some questions your teen has that we missed. Always be open and honest when answering questions. If you don't have an answer, look for it and learn about it together. 

Asking menstruation questions doesn't have to be uncomfortable. Our kids should feel safe and empowered to come to us with their questions about their bodies. Period talk can be awkward, but it is important to remember that periods are a completely normal bodily function. Let’s work together to destigmatize these conversations and improve reproductive health.

Check out our educational video hub on YouTube to learn more from experts like Dr. Bala, a Naturopathic Doctor and Thinx Partner specializing in women's hormonal health, and join our mission to empower all who pee and bleed with shame-free body literacy education. 

The information contained in this article should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care professional.


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