When it comes to cramps, heat is your best friend. Whether it be a nice warm bath, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad, warming up the area is known to help with cramping. Warming your body up with exercise has also been shown to help cramps and the endorphins released will make you feel better during your time of the month.
Over the counter medication can also help with your cramps. If this doesn’t work for you, talk to your doctor about other options. Hormonal birth control can help you have fewer cramps and better periods. Intense pain may be caused by endometriosis or fibroids, talk with your doctor if you experience serious pain.
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SEX + PERIODS
Your first period is the end of your first reproductive cycle. When your cycle starts, you are able to get pregnant. It is important to always use protection because you may be ovulating and not know.
A common myth is that if you have unprotected sex while on your period you are unable to get pregnant. People may think this because your uterine lining is being shed and your unfertilized egg is removed. Sperm is able to survive inside of the female body for up to five days. Since the average length of a period is 3-5 days, the sperm can fertilize the next egg. This means that even when having sex during your period you are able to get pregnant and should use protection.
The average age that most girls will get their first period is 12 years old. Some will get it earlier and some will get it later, it all depends on your body. A delay in getting your period could be due to a number of reasons.
When you get your period is usually due to genetics. If you are worried about not having your period, talk to your family. If they got their periods when they were older than average, then you probably will too.
Another reason why girls don’t get their period is their body weight. If you are underweight, overweight, or very athletic your body may not have what it needs to have a baby. If your body isn’t ready to have a baby, you won’t get your period.