The first several periods are almost always painless. Once a girl begins to ovulate, she may experience some discomfort before, during or after her period. Common symptoms include cramping, bloating, sore or swollen breasts, headaches, mood changes and irritability, and depression.
Menstrual cramps, probably the most bothersome effect, can range from mild to moderate to severe. If you have pain in the lower abdomen or back, talk to your pediatrician, who may recommend exercises and an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.
It is suggested that girls start out with pads for the first month or so, until they get used to having their period and seeing how heavy the flow is. It depends upon when a girl is ready and how comfortable she is with her body.
Some girls prefer tampons because they do not like the feeling of wetness or the odor that pads may emit. Other girls may be squeamish about inserting a tampon in their vagina and opt for pads. Buy some of each type and in absorbencies ranging from light to heavy so you can experiment to find what works best for you.
This is probably every girl’s greatest fear. Keep a few sanitary pads in her book bag or knapsack at all times, in case of an emergency. The initial bleeding during a period is usually light, and you should be able to get to the girls’ room or the nurse’s office in time.
Unfortunately, women can get pregnant anytime in their cycle, even if they are on their period. This is because women can save the sperm for long duration of time and use it when the next cycle starts.