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Starting Your Period

AFTER MY PERIOD BEGINS

I sometimes have a white pasty discharge on my panties. What is that?

Vaginal discharge is caused by old cells inside your vagina. It is usually clear or milky. The color and thickness of this discharge changes along your monthly cycle. It gets thicker when you ovulate, around two weeks prior to your period. Use panty liners for daily freshness and protection and to keep your panties clean.

My period cycle is not always regular. Is there something wrong with me?

It is normal to have a very regular cycle during the first two years of your period. It takes some time for your body to regulate. However, your cycle should always vary between 21 and 35 days. Delays might also occur due to illness, stress, or a change in diet.

My period flow is very heavy. Is this normal?

It is normal to have a heavy flow during the first two days of your period. However, you should consult your doctor if you are losing more blood than usual and if the heavy flow is prolonged.

Why do I get cramps during my period?

During your period, the muscles of your uterus start to contract to allow the discharge of the blood and tissue that were formed in preparation for a possible pregnancy. These contractions get stronger during your period and might cause menstrual cramps. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential to help reduce cramps. Keeping warm and drinking hot beverages can also help. If you still experience painful cramps, consult your doctor.

What can I do to minimize PMS effects?

Eating healthy food, exercising, and sleeping well are mostly important to help reduce uncomfortable PMS symptoms. You should regularly eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains and drink a lot of water.
Avoid large quantities of salt, coffee, nuts and sugar. A healthy diet is essential not only during your period but throughout your cycle. Regular exercise is also vital in reducing cramps and staying in shape. Make sure to get plenty of sleep to help you feel peaceful and relaxed.
If you still experience intense PMS symptoms, consult your doctor.

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