First periods and adolescence

The period often takes us by surprise. When you see that blood stain on your underwear (or trousers!) you go blank and think: AND NOW WHAT DO I DO? Breathe. It has happened to absolutely all of us! Maybe someone leaves you a pad or tampon. Perhaps you are so far-sighted that you always have a half-squeezed pad prepared in your backpack as if it were a treasure.

There are many products for the period: pads, tampons, panty liners, sponges, menstrual cups and menstrual pants. You choose! To know what is best for you, the ideal is to try everything and experiment.

Cocoro are panties that absorb the period and are not thrown away. They are washed and reused.

And, attention! There is a collection of menstrual pants specially designed for young people and teenagers. It’s called Cocoro YOUNG, it plays with black and bright colours, and its available in different designs and sizes. Would they be a good replacement for that compress that you always carry on you? After all, it’s all a matter of practice and getting to know yourself.

Having your period is healthy. And talk about the period, too. With whomever you want. Don’t hide, try to overcome the embarrassment!

Say hello to the period, to the first of many, to the one of each month. And also say hello to all the doubts you have. Now or whenever. Let’s talk about the period as much as necessary until not a single doubt remains.

Shall we refresh some concepts?

What is the period?

The period, menstruation or cycle is completely normal vaginal bleeding that occurs once a month as part of the menstrual cycle. Every month for more than 30 years of our life, our body and our hormones prepare for a possible pregnancy (follicular phase): usually, in the middle of the cycle, one of the ovaries releases an egg (ovulation), which waits an average of 12-14 days in the uterus (luteal phase). If the egg is not fertilized by a sperm, it is shed along with blood and tissue that has been covering the uterus, and is expelled (menstruation) to start the same cycle again.

When does the first period begin?

The first period, or ‘menarche’, usually comes between the ages of 10 and 15. Quite often, the first time is a very slight blood stain, even just a few drops.

How do I know when the period has arrived?

The menstrual cycle is 28 days on average, but it is considered regular if it lasts between 21 and 35 days. To count the days, start from the first day of menstruation (do not wait to count until the bleeding is abundant, count from the first droplets or slight spotting) and continue counting until the day before your next period. A tip: write it down in your diary or, if you prefer, there are endless apps that help you to always have it under control. Be responsible, it’s your health ❤

Is it normal for the period to be delayed?

During the first year of your period it is absolutely normal for periods to be unstable. Some people spend months until they get it again, while others have them very regularly from the beginning. Don’t be in a hurry: every body is unique.

Can I bathe with the period? Is it interrupted with water?

Having the period is no impediment to taking a bath in the sea, in the pool … or in the bathtub! Another thing is that you feel like it. When you bathe, the period is less visible but still flows the same. Try and choose the products that make you feel more comfortable in this situation (menstrual cup, tampons…). But most of all, listen to your body, and enjoy whatever you do!

Can I do sports if I have a period?

Of course. Moreover, several studies say that physical activity favors circulation and can reduce menstrual discomfort. Find the style and intensity of activity that best suits you. Respect what the body asks of you, during the days of the period and every day!

Does the period hurt?

Some people notice it a lot and others hardly anything. Discomfort occurs from contractions of the uterus, which are accentuated during menstruation. We may feel somewhat more tired and sensitive in the days leading up to and during the days of menstruation. In any case, if your discomfort becomes an intense pain or limits your day-to-day activities, consult the gynecologist or your usual doctor.

With Cocoro, surely I don’t get stained?

All menstruation products have a limit (we’ve all stained ourselves at some point, and that’s okay!). There are different types of Cocoro depending on how your flow is, more or less abundant. Little by little, you will get to know them and you will understand how they work best for you.

How do Cocoro work?

They have three layers: an inner one, made of 100% organic cotton (in contact with your skin); an intermediate layer of antibacterial, absorbent and water-repellent technical fabric (prevents moisture). And an external layer that changes according to the model so that they are as practical as they are beautiful. They are comfortable, breathable and do not smell.

How long do Cocoro menstrual pants last?

This will depend on each person according to the type and speed of menstrual flow. There is no fixed amount of hours: try them a few months and you will see how and when they work best for you. Feel the experience yourself.

How many times can I reuse Cocoro menstrual pants?

Cocoro menstrual underwear has a lifespan of about 2 years. Then they can even serve as conventional (non-menstrual) panties for a few more years.

How do I know if Cocoro are for me?

Trying them! There are different products for the days of the period Test, combine and compare to find your perfect formula.