Periods (In general) are Normal, Natural, and Healthy for a body.

I still see young ladies today facing all the same lack of information I did, and the same stigma, fears, and worries. With that in mind, I decided to write some tips down that may help some of you. Periods aren't easy, and they can be messy, but they aren't necessarily bad things. So I'm going to go over some tips to help.

1. How to know if your period is normal? A period should come every 21-23 days, depending on your body. That makes your cycle 28-30 days. You can mark the calendar and check, sometimes it's good to keep track, in case you need to see a doctor.

2. The average length of a period is 5 days, give or take a few. It's important to note here some ladies are steady 7 days. Some only get three or four days. If your period is going longer than 7 days, or shorter, and coming every few months, you need to see a Gynecologists, this can be a sign of some kind of abnormality, and many women have faced those as well, including myself.

3. Tampons and pads. It's okay to use either, being aware that, if you are still a virgin you can break your hymen inserting a tampon. Tampons also need to be changed at least every 8 hours, or less. If not it can cause toxic shock syndrome. (Because chemicals in your blood can build up, due to the tampon placement) Pads should be changed as often as necessary, when they are about mid way full, and giving you time, in case you start bleeding hard. You can use liners for the first, or last light days, when there is only residual blood, unless you are heavy flow from day one.

4. How to get blood out of your clothes. Everyone at some point bleeds through their clothes. Either by deep sleeping, and you're bleeding hard, being out and about at an inopportune moment, or wherever. It happens to all of us. You can take your soiled clothing and place them in cold water. Cold is the best because the blood won't stick to the clothes, and the cells will burst, meaning they come out of the material. After a few hours in cold water, you can then apply some stain treatment, and then wash them. If there is some residual stain, you can try rubbing some bar soap on them and washing again. Once they go into the dryer a stain will set, and then any clothes you might have liked will be stained permanently. Every woman has panties for just this occasion. Some of them don't get the stain out, and so they become for the period time. There is no shame in having them, or using them for your period. In fact, if you would like to preserve your good clothes, make sure to not take a chance and wear them during your period if you don't have to, if you do, try and double up on protection by using both a pad and a tampon, if one fails, the other may catch it.

5. Tampons and pads. Should be used by the size you need at the time. Try not to over do it. Remember that, when if comes to tampons, you want to change often, even though it's inconvenient, it will help you over all, stay healthy.

6. Pain relief. No one enjoys pain, so take some pain reliever with acetaminophen, and be careful with Midol. It may help, but because there is pain relief, and caffeine it can push the kidneys hard, and you don't want to damage them. 

Don't feel like you are alone. A period is a natural process, and though it might be hard, and painful, many women know what you're going through. Men who joke about periods, call them disgusting, and shame women for it, are immature, and not worth your time. Many women have suffered exactly what you are going through, and your mother has probably had similar issues. Periods are tied to family genetics, so remember if there's a history of some tumors, abnormal periods, cancers, or many other feminine issues, you may want to be careful and pay attention to your body.

You should have a health exam every 12 months, with a pap smear every 1-4 years depending on your personal health.

Birth control can be discussed at that time, and you and your doctor can make the best choice for you. There are many options. Pills, devices to be inserted, implants, rings, and more. It's a good idea to take birth control if you want to be sexually active, but are not ready for a child. Abortion should always be a last resort, after failed use of birth control.

Abortions are not evil, or bad. Sometimes they can prevent suffering for you and the unwanted foetus. Don't let anyone convince you that you're bad or immoral. Millions of abortions happen every year, across the globe. It's not healthy, or even realistic to have a child you don't want to take care of. Adoption is an option, but for many women the prolonged pregnancy time deters them from giving it up, and then the child has to be raised with the consequences of your decision, which can be hard, and mean putting off your life, dreams, success, for a long while.

Abortions are safe, they don't cause breast cancer, there is no harm done to the body. No, having an abortion wont prevent you from going on to have other children. No, abortion won't leave scars on your uterus, and it won't make you evil, or dirty.

So, in summation. I hope this helps you some, that you think more about your period as something that has to happen every month. All female mammals, born with female genitals, go through this. Across species, we all suffer the same things, at different times, and for different periods. Yet, we know that this is the process of renewal for healthy tissue, and that it has to happen to keep things clean, and healthy.

Periods aren't bad, they are in fact, good. They keep our most private areas cleansed, they allow us to have a family when ready, and our uterus's bring new life.Our vagina's can be used for pleasure, or to give birth. That isn't dirty. That is nature, and how we evolved to be. It's what nature needed us to do, so that we could carry life on the inside of us.

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