First Period

(10 Posts)
Amee Mon 07-Oct-13 09:39:56

DD aged 12 started her first period last Monday. A week later, she is still bleeding. Is it normal for a first period to last this long?

frazzledbutcalm Mon 07-Oct-13 10:15:31

Yes. My dd also started her periods a week after her 12th birthday. She's now 14 and they're just settling down now! She would bleed for 10 - 14 days, and on a 2 week cycle, also very heavy. It was awful. GP gave her mefanmic acid to take from the first day of each period (it reduces blood loss), they worked really well. We still use them occasionally. Her periods reduced to 5-8 days using these tablets. She now is usually 5-7 days.

Amee Mon 07-Oct-13 20:11:21

Wow frazzle, sounds like your daughter really had a tough start to womanhood. DD's first period hasn't been so heavy so far. How did your dd cope at school? Didn't realise it could take 2 years to settle into a pattern! Eek!

mineofuselessinformation Mon 07-Oct-13 20:16:21

Yes. Just reassure her that it will all settle into a pattern, but tell her you want her to let you know what's going on. That way you can keep an eye on it and seek help if things don't seem right.
I'm sure it will be fine.
Who'd be a female eh? smile

Amee Tue 08-Oct-13 10:25:58

Thanks Mine. We have talked lots over the last week and dd seems to be handling it all well so far. Good to know it's normal to go on for over a week until it settles. Thank you ladies. I really couldn't remember my situation when I had started way back then!

Lottie4 Tue 08-Oct-13 10:59:53

My first period was very light. Three weeks later I had my second one and went into a two week cycle (similar to frazzledbutcalm's daughter), very heavy on some days and leaking onto my school skirt (not much fun) and they'd last about nine days. Maybe my Mum didn't know there was help around the, so I just had to cope.

If your daughter does continue to have long periods that perhaps become heavy, then I know the doctor can help (a couple of people I know take a tablet which slows the flow down. Also, there are so many options for protection, so let her try a few to see what suits.

frazzledbutcalm Tue 08-Oct-13 13:30:48

amee ... how she coped I do not know! I couldn't have tbh! But, I guess she had no preconceptions and nothing to compare it to ... When I started my periods I was text book - bled for 5-7 days every month and that was it. It came as a huge shock when dd's were the way they were! The tablets really did help a huge amount. In the early days she leaked a lot. School uniform is black trousers so you didn't see it. Weekends were usually jeans, so again not that noticeable. She leaked in shorts in the summer and blood was running down her leg, dh was with her, noticed it, and just said dd I think you need to go to the toilet (in such a lovely way for her). She's been far more calm/coping than I have! blush
I'm trying to persuade her to use tampons as they're much less messy but she doesn't want to yet.
Here's hoping your dd settles down quickly. I think they usually do tbh.

Amee Fri 11-Oct-13 13:31:19

I'm glad I got your advice ladies. DD is still bleeding - now the 12th day and no signs of it getting lighter, but knowing what your DD's went through, I realise this is normal. DD is keen to try tampons - do you think it's too early?

Lottie4 Fri 11-Oct-13 14:20:08

Some tend to think it's best to leave tampons for a while, so you get an idea of flow. Having said that if her first period has been a long one, I quite understand why she would want to try them. Obviously you'll have to tell her to remember to change them regularly and not to forget and leave one in.

Amee Tue 15-Oct-13 09:56:29

Well DD was keen to try tampons and she has got on with them really well. Period has lasted 2 weeks and down to a bit of spotting now. She was quite keen as they have to wear leotards for gym at her school!

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