Menstrual Symptoms Your Tween Should Know

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If your tween has already begun to menstruate, or is approaching menstruation, she should be aware of menstrual symptoms that she might experience, as well as how to track her periods so she knows when to expect them.

Menstrual symptoms will vary from female to female, and some girls may experience few or none of the typical symptoms that other girls complain about. Others may experience a number of symptoms, emotional or physical, regularly.

Keep in mind that not all menstrual symptoms are negative ones. Many women and girls experience a number of positive menstrual symptoms when they are approaching their monthly cycles.

It's important to discuss any menstrual symptoms you may be concerned about with your child's pediatrician. A number of symptoms, such as intense cramps, could be a sign of disease or a gynecological problem.

Emotional Changes Girls Might Experience

  • Feeling tired or wiped-out
  • Feeling moody or sad
  • Feeling like you're going to cry
  • Feeling impatient or even anxious
  • Feeling distracted
  • Feeling grumpy
  • Feeling glad that you're a girl
  • Feeling a bit grossed out by the whole period thing
  • Feeling angry that your period is starting at an inconvenient time
  • Feeling embarrassed that someone might know you're on your period
  • Wanting to be left alone
  • Feeling positive
  • Feeling feminine
  • Physical Changes Girls Might Experience

  • Cramps
  • Backache, especially in the lower back
  • Aches down the legs or an aching in the hips
  • Fatigue
  • Skin breakouts (pimples, acne)
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Swollen feet or hands
  • Being hungry or thirsty (more than normal)
  • Craving certain foods, such as salty or sweet foods
  • Tender breasts
  • Aching joints
  • A bloated feeling
  • Feeling energetic
  • Weight gain
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