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Our Libra girl nurse has been answering questions on all things ‘periods’ for many years and is here to answer ANY question you might have. Questions can be asked anonymously so ask whatever is on your mind – and remember no question is stupid! Before submitting your question check out the Frequently Asked Questions section to see if your question has already been answered.

 
 
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  • SarahGreat
      6 comments Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:36
    SarahGreat Hello I need to ask my mum for more pads but i'm so scared and embarrassed. I have tried asking her but my mouth won't make the words! I thought about writing a note but thats what I did when I had my first period. Do you think it is ok to write a note again? If I do I feel my mum will think I can't talk to her or I am scared of her! (Which I am not) I just find it so hard to ask her! What should I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your mum knows you, and I'm sure she understands that you find it hard to talk about this topic. She won't mind at all about you writing a note about what you need, so that seems the perfect soloution
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:34
    Anonymous user So I haven't had my period for a few months.. I started last year, and have been fairly regular but I missed my June period and for July it was only a day? I was meant to get my period on Sunday but I still haven't got it? I get really anxious with anything, and my mum doesn't help by asking me if I'm pregnant. I do masturbate occasionally could that have anything to do with it?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years of getting your period it's not at all unusual for it to be irregular. Even after this, there are times when your period might miss a month or come late for no reason at all. As long as you know that there's no reason that you might be pregnant, then it's just a case of waiting for your body to sort things out, it doesn't mean anything bad. Masturbation does not affect your period at all.
    Other things that might affect your period are changes to your weight, illness, and stress - both good and bad eg holidays. So, if you're worried about your period, the worry itself might be making things worse. Make sure you're prepared for your period to come by using your Libra liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. Reassure mum that you're not pregnant, and then talk to her about how her asking this question makes you feel. Of course, if there is a chance of you being pregnant, then you need to do a pregnancy check to find out one way or the other. You can buy a kit from the chemist or supermarket
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:29
    Anonymous user When will I have my period
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no one can give you an exact time/date for when your body will have a period, you can only look for the signs that your body is getting ready. So, that means your breasts growing, pubic and underarm hair, and vaginal mucous. The vaginal mucous starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. You can have vaginal mucous for a couple of years before your period starts. Another good sign is when the pubic hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back. The thing is to be prepared, that means using your Libra liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • SarahGreat
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:26
    SarahGreat How long are first periods supposed to last for? As I have read somewhere that if they last longer than 7 days you have to go tk the doctors. Is this true? I am on my seventh day and when I woke up there was not much blood just light brown stuff. I thought it was over only today there was a tiny bit more red blood in the pad and when I wipe. Is it ok for a period to last thid long?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's normal for periods to go from 5-10 days, and often in the first year or so there is no pattern, as your body is still sorting itself out, which is totally fine. You don't need to go to the doctor. Some girls will end up with periods that last for 3-5 days, and others 5-10, it's all normal. Often there's just a light flow at the start and finish, and it's heaviest around day 5. Also your period can seem to disappear and then come back again for a couple of days - this is because the lining of your uterus comes away in layers during your period.
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  • Amber_Jade
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:23
    Amber_Jade I missed my period. well, not entirely for 3 days on and off spottings. I dont know why. though I have been really obsessing about my weight lately and trying to lose weight by going on low carbs and sugar. I have heard that having an eating disorder can cause you to miss periods. But I dont think I have an Eating disorder. Is spotting for three days on and off and not having to finish and release what needs to be released normal? I also dont have a regular duration of my period. sometimes 4 or as long as 10 days
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years it's totally normal for your period to have times when it's irregular, and even after this there are times when it might be late or missed altogether. It sounds like your body was trying to have a period - the spotting - but the hormone levels weren't quite right, which is fine. Your body will sort itself out, you just need to give it time. You're right about eating disorders causing problems with periods, but we're talking about anorexia, where your body fat levels have dropped so low that you no longer have a period. Changes in your diet, dieting itself, won't cause a problem with your period
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:20
    Anonymous user Hi, I'm holly and my stomach is really sore right now but I'm not on my period. It's a few days late and I'm unsure what to do. Also when I get really bad cramps I'm embarrassed to ask my mum for a heat pack please help
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years it's very normal for your period to be irregular, and even after that, there are times when your period might be late or miss altogether, most times for no reasons at all. Sometimes, when a period is late, and then it comes, it's a bit heavier, and heavier periods can be more painful - hence the need for a heat pack which helps a lot. People get tummy pains for things other than their period, so a heat pack can be used for lots of different things. That means asking for a heat pack to call your own is a good idea and you don't need to go into lots of explanations. A heat pack can be used to warm up your feet on a cold night! So talk to mum, I'm sure she'll be fine with the idea
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:17
    Anonymous user When I get my period I get stomachs pains and I'm to embarrassed to asked mum for a gear pack I don't know what to do help me
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you have to remember that stomach pains can be caused by lots of things other than your period. Look for the other signs of your body getting ready for a period. Your mum is expecting you to start your period, and she's probably just waiting for you to let her know that she's ready to talk. She might already have some supplies organised for you, so you need to find a private moment to talk to her about this, to bring the subject up. A good way to start sometimes is to show her this site, and direct her to the mum/teacher part, or show her a Libra add in a magazine and say that this is the sort of pad you'd like to use. It's just the first time that you talk about things that's tough
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  • bridg
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:14
    bridg hi, so I swim twice to four times a week (squad) and I haven't had my period. I'm 12 1/2 and I worried it might happen while I'm in the pool? it sounds silly but I swim a lot so... that would be really embarrassing! what can I do about that and could it happen? thankyou so much!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    look for the signs of your body getting ready for a period - pubic and underarm hair, your breasts developing, and vaginal mucous which starts off a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. Even though it sounds yuck, if you did get your period at the pool, you wouldn't notice as the water you're swimming in washes the blood away and you'd only notice the staining on your bathers when you got out of the pool and went to the change rooms. If you're going to continue to swim with your period, then you need to use tampons, so perhaps have a talk with mum about this and make sure you've got supplies of both Libra pads and tampons
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:11
    Anonymous user I don't know when I am getting my period and if I get it in the middle of school my shorts might be stained ��
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    every women worries that their first period is going to come when it's least expected and that they're will be an 'accident'. So, the way to stop this happening is to make sure that you're prepared. That means using your Libra panty liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag just in case. Often the first time you're aware that your period has started is that you see some old blood and mucous on the toilet paper when you go to the toilet. Sometimes you might feel a bit damp, and if this happens then you'd excuse yourself from class and go off to the toilets to check.
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  • Majestic.Kay
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:08
    Majestic.Kay My period hasn't came on all month and this is the second time that happen. But, I'm not sexually active. What should I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years of getting your period it's very normal for it to be irregular. Even after that you can have times when your period is late or misses altogether. It doesn't mean anything bad, and sometimes it's associatted with stress, ill health or weight changes. So, basically, if every thing else is fine, you just wait and let your body sort things out. Make sure that you're covered thought by using your Libra liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • craftygrlll2003
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:06
    craftygrlll2003 Are you absolutely going to start your period at the same age your mom started hers?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no, not at all. You might take after the women on your dad's side of the family. The average age is about 12 years. Whether you start your period early or late doesn't mean anything either good or bad. Look for the signs of your body getting ready for a period, like your breasts growing, pubic and underarm hair, and vaginal mucous, which starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. Make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra liners and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:02
    Anonymous user I'm new to this but I have a bit of a problem. I've had my period since I was 10 & my periods very irregular but just recently in the past few days everytime I pee & than wipe I have brown stuff? ��
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is called breakthrough bleeding. It's when the hormones in your body are getting ready for a period,but then dropping away again, so you get a little bit of bleeding, not a full period. When blood comes into contact with the air it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown or black, so this is what you're seeing. It doesn't mean anything bad, it's just annoying for you. Use your Libra panty liners every day to stay protected. Hopefully with time your body will sort itself into a better routine
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  • katiecat06
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 01:00
    katiecat06 im 10 and have had carmps and mum said i will get my period soon what do i look for
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you have to remember that cramps can be caused by lots of things other than your period. If your body is getting ready for periods, you'll notice some changes. Pubic and underarm hair, your breasts starting to develop, and vaginal mucous. This mucous starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. You can have this discharge for a couple of years before your period starts. Another good sign is when the pubic hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back. If you think that your body is getting ready for a period, then make sure that you're using your Libra panty liners every day and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • SarahGreat
      Make a comment Posted 09 Aug, 2016, 12:57
    SarahGreat Can you do gymnastics on your period? I don't want/have any tampons, only pads. Are they ok? What about some parts of gymnastics? Such as handstands, bars, beams, trampoline etc. Also when I wear a pad I think it makes my trousaurs padded so I don't know how it will look in a leotard! Any tips? Please answer! I have gymnastics tomorrow! ��
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you can do any of the things that you normally do when you have your period, including sports. If you use pads, make sure that they're the right fit for you - Libra pads may look thinnner to some of the other brands, but that's cause they're so absorbant. Perhaps use the pads with wings to make sure that the pad stays in place while you're being active, and always wear a well fitting pair of undies - that's what's going to stop that 'baggy' look
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  • Hschnaars
      Make a comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 12:22
    Hschnaars When I get my period I'm too embarrassed to ask mum for a heat pack I don't know what to do please help me PLEASEEEEEE
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your mum would love to help you I'm sure, it's just a case of finding a private moment with her so that you can bring the topic up. You might just need to ask her for a heat pack, without explaining why you need it. You can use a heat pack at other times too - like when it's cold, for muscle strains etc
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  • SarahGreat
      Make a comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 12:19
    SarahGreat Can you swim on your period? If so how?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, you can swim when you have your period, but you need to use a tampon. It's actually a Health Regulation
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  • SarahGreat
      Make a comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 10:28
    SarahGreat I am one my fifth day of my first period. On the first day it was pretty light and not much. However from the second day on would it got heaver is this ok? Also when I go to the toilet and I wipe most times I get bright red blood on the loo roll and most of the time there is quite a bit? Is this ok? Lastly only sometimes when I do a number one or a two sometimes there is a small amount of blood in the toilet. I'm not sure if this is ok? Please help!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your period may start light, get heavier around day 3-5, and then lighten again towards the end. Most periods last for about 5 days, but can go longer, up to 10 days. Sometimes girls find that the last few days of their period are quite light,  just a brownish loss, and then they might get one day of a fresher, brighter loss. This is because the lining of the uterus comes away in layers. When you strain on the toilet you push out more mucous and blood, so this is normal.
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 10:22
    Anonymous user I am wondering how much periods hurt and what age do you get them by I'm 11
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    periods don't necessarily hurt at all. Some women do get period pain, but lots of women don't suffer from period pain at all. You're more likely to suffer from period pain if your periods are heavy, so sometimes you might get a bit of pain on your heaviest days. Women often describe it as more of an ache.
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  • tonia see
      Make a comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 10:20
    tonia see hi, i am an 11 year old girl. I have read that you are most likely to get your period within a year of when your mum got it but my mum got it when she was 16. I have been having discharge, growing pubic hair and developing breast (I am size a12). my friends say that those things are signs that my first period is coming but i am nowhere near 16. what is wrong with me?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the average age to get your period is at about age 12. So, your mum was just a late developer. You might be taking after the females on your dad's side of the family. What age you are when your period starts doesn't matter at all, it doesn't affect your future at all. So if you think that your period might be coming, make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Adelaidey
      1 comment Posted 07 Aug, 2016, 10:17
    Adelaidey My friend told me to ask you a question. She said she has kind of like pimples at the top of her skin dow there. If she squises them, white stuff comes out, just like a pimple. She also gets boles where her pubic hair is and when she squises, alot of puss comes out, followed by blood. She doesnt want to tell her mum. What shoul her do ? Is it normal ?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it sounds like she has bacteria on her skin that is causing the pimples and boils. So, she needs to try an antibacterial wash, you can buy this from the chemist, just follow the instructions on the bottle
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