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What signs should I look for?
Some people start their periods without any warning. Others may experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the days leading up to their period.
Symptoms of PMS include:
- abdominal bloating
- soreness in your breasts
- back pain
- feeling more tired than usual (fatigue)
- feeling extra emotional or irritable
- food cravings, especially for sweets
- clear or white vaginal discharge
You may find it helpful to carry a “period kit” in your bag so you’re not caught completely off guard when your period begins.
A period kit may include a:
- clean pair of underwear
- pad or tampon
- pain reliever