Do U know? - OOOPS! Facts about Menarche, Menstruation and more for young girls experiencing their first period.

What is the "period"?

The period is the flow of a combination of fresh and clotted blood and tissue from the walls of the uterus that is released every month. The first period may be very little, bright red, and last for a short time. That is why it is often called "spotting".

What is Menarche?

Menarche is the word used for the first menstrual bleeding or first "period". It is considered by most cultures to be the most significant physical pubertal milestone for a girl.

At what age does a girl start her period?

The average age for most girls in the United States to start their period is 12 years and 8 months. But some girls can experience it as early as 9 years and some as late as 16 years. Of course every girl is different, but most no matter where she lives in the world will have her OOOPS! within two years after she begins to notice changes in her breast development.

Can I really take a bath every day when I am on my period?

Yes, U can take a warm bath when having a period. Some females may prefer to take a shower. Just remember it is even more important to be mindful of your personal hygiene and self care every day during this special time. Of course a daily bath or shower will make U feel much better.

What are cramps?

Cramps are pain or discomfort felt by some girls when the uterus muscle contracts during the period.

Do I have to keep it a secret that I am on my period?

At OOOPS! we say “don't keep it a secret unless U really, really want to”. It is a gift to be proud of. We believe your period is a special time to focus on U, love U and treat yourself with kindness.

There are a lot of products on the market to use when having your period. Which one should I choose?

Remember every girl is different. It is best to make that decision with the help of someone you love and respect. It could be your mother, father, grandmother, aunt, older sister, teacher, mentor, school nurse, etc. Just remember ask someone U trust to help U make the right decisions for U.