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Help – I'm bleeding!

If this is your first period, don’t panic. You’ve probably learnt about periods and been told what to expect, though it can still be a bit of a surprise when it actually happens. Remember, it’s a good sign that you’re starting to mature into a woman.
If you haven’t already got sanitary towels or tampons ready and are caught short, fold up some toilet paper or tissues and pop that into your pants to catch any blood.
As soon as you can, talk to your mum, an older sister or a female teacher or school nurse and ask if they have sanitary protection you can use. There’s no need to be embarrassed. Every woman will have gone through the same experience and be able to advise you. 
You don’t lose a lot of blood during your period, even if it feels as though you do. You’ll actually only lose approximately 60 ml – a total of 6–8 teaspoons – during an entire period. At the start of the period, you might bleed lightly, a bit more in the middle, and then less again towards the end. But everyone’s body is different and the amount of blood varies.
At the start of the period, the blood is light and bright red. Towards the end it can become a little darker and more reddish-brown. This is completely normal and is simply because at the start of the period, the blood is new (like when you’ve just cut your finger), and at the end, the blood that hasn’t managed to run out yet is older (like when the finger has started to heal and the blood thickens and gets a bit darker).
Some people think that period blood has a special smell all of its own. Don’t worry, it’s so faint that there’s no risk of other people noticing that you’re on. But if you’re still concerned, just change your sanitary protection a bit more often, particularly if you’re bleeding heavily.
If by any chance your periods are already established, generally regular, and you’ve had a bleed between periods then talk to your doctor. If it’s a little bit – what’s called spotting – this could merely be a sign of ovulation. However, some bleeding between periods is a sign of something wrong, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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