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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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Questions and answers

 
  • Anonymous user
      5 comments Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:49
    Anonymous user I have had discharge and pubic hair for ages and I was just wondering does this mean I am going to be expecting my period anytime soon?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most girls would have the vaginal mucous for a couple of years before their period starts When the mucous changes from a yellowish colour to a clear or white colour, this is a really positive sign, plus the pubic hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back No one can tell you exactly when your period will start, you can only be prepared, so 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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  • Katie999
      1 comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:47
    Katie999 Do you have any nutritional or health advice in general? Just so I stay feeling fresh and so my body isn't affected more than it needs to be.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    basically it's a case of having a well balanced diet, with only the occasional treat, and by making sure that you have enough sleep and are getting enough exercise into your day. These are habits that will stand by you for the rest of your life.
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  • cobspopcorn
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:45
    cobspopcorn I'm 12 and I have been having my period for about a year now. I've missed out on going to the pool with my friends because i'm having my period. I've thought about using a tampon and I really want to but i'm worried i'm going to this get this disease thing called something like 'toxic syndrome'. Is there a test i can do to find out if i will get it? should I try using a tampon anyway? what should i do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    toxic shock syndrome is a serious, but extremely rare illness. It has been linked to tampon use, but there are many ways to minimise your chances of ever suffering from it. It is a bacterial illness, so you can't be tested for it before hand, it would be like trying to test someone for their chances of catching a cold. Ways of preventing TSS are by using new, clean tampons - ones that are wrapped individually and the packaging isn't broken, having clean hands when you insert the tampon (dirty fingers and nails could introduce germs into your vagina) using a tampon that's appropriate to your flow - if you have a light loss, you use a light flow tampon, and not leaving a tampon in for longer than 4-6 hours
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  • shaye_bay
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:41
    shaye_bay I have got heavy discharge for 3 years now and I was reading and it says that you period might start 1-2 years after discharge. I really want to be prepared for my period but I don't know when it will come. can you tell me some signs of when my period might come so I am prepared? :) :) :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    vaginal mucous is a very positive sign, especially when it changes from the yellowish colour to the white or clear colour. Pubic and underarm hair will happen, and the pubic hair will thicken up and go all the way through to the back. No one can tell you exactly when your period will happen, it's just a case of looking for the signs and being prepared - like using your Libra liners and keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • girlstuff
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:39
    girlstuff I've recently had some trouble trying to insert a tampon, and I'm not sure if it's just because I'm too tense. The opening to my vagina is really small - it's about the same size as the urethra, so less than half of the width of a small tampon. I feel that this could be a problem if I want to have sex. Is it normal? thanks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, this is normal. What you're seeing is the opening with the hymen intact - so it seems smaller than it actually is. The hymen is designed to stretch and move away. Being tense is the biggest reason for tampon insertion to be uncomfortable. Try putting some lubricant on the tip of the tampon, and use the Libra mini's to start off with
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  • xxblueeyesxx
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:37
    xxblueeyesxx Do I need to wear a pad i have discharge?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you'd wear a liner rather than a pad, as pads are designed for the heavier flow of your period. And you'd only wear the liners if it made you feel more comfortable
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  • xxblueeyesxx
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:36
    xxblueeyesxx Is it necessary to wear a pad if I have discharge?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most women would choose to wear liners rather than pads if they need to with their discharge. Pads are far more absorbant, designed for period blood. But whether or not you use a liner for your vaginal mucous is basically a personal choice thing. You do it if it makes you feel more comfortable, it's totally up to you
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  • milz222
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:35
    milz222 hi I have had my 1st period waiting for my second our school has a winter sports and I am in hockey I don't wanna use tampons yet but what else can I use my periods in the middle not heavy and not light
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    use your Libra pads, they'll be fine. Perhaps try the pads with wings so that they stay in place and make sure that you're wearing a pair of well fitting undies so that there's no movement. Some women never use tampons and manage their flow just with pads - it's a personal choice thing. Have some spare pads with you so that you can change them whenever necessary so that you know that  you're dry and comfy
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  • Zalikiss
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:33
    Zalikiss Are periods irregular for the first couple of times. Or are some straight away regular?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    depends totally on the person. Some girls have irregular periods for a couple of years, others start off regular and stay regular
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:32
    Anonymous user Hi when you get brown discharge does that mean the first day of your period or do you have to wait until there is actually blood?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if the brown discharge then leads onto days with brighter blood, then this is the start of your period. The brown loss is actually blood that has had time to change colour - so a very light flow
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  • Teddy_Bear_Hug
      1 comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:32
    Teddy_Bear_Hug Hi Libra Girl Nurse i'm not close to my mum about periods boys etc. I'm scared if we talk about it she will bring up a disgusting matter like do u know what makes a period and blah blah its just really awkward
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    why not try and nicely set some ground rules. Tell her something like 'I'm not comfortable talking about the details, can we please just keep to the basics" and see how that goes. She'll just be trying to help, and without you telling her how you feel she can't know. You might find too that it's a subject that she's not really comfy with either
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  • Steph Gadd :)
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:30
    Steph Gadd :) is it normal to have white discharge ALL THE TIME?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, totally. It's your body's way of keeping itself clean, fresh and moist. Use your Libra liners to keep yourself fresh and dry. The mucous can change its' consistency depending on what your hormones are doing, sometimes it might be clear and runny, other times thick and white, but it's all normal
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  • Kita
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:28
    Kita Hi girls i really need some i am going to camp on the 16th of July and i am due to have my period on the 17th. i will be sharing a cabin with 12 girls and 1 toilit. I dont know what i am going to do with the used pads/tamons because they dont have the like actual containers for them just little rubish bins that anyone can see whats in them so i dont want to put them in there. Any tips would be really good!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I put my rubbish into nappy bags when I'm away, these are easy to tuck away in your baggage and prevent any odours, you can then chuck them away in a suitable bin whenever you get the chance. There are bags designed for use sanitary products too - they're available in the same aisle as the pads and tampons, but basically any bag you can seal will do the trick. Wrap your used product in the wrapper of your Libra pad or some toilet paper, pop it into the bag, and you're done
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  • Lauren_
      1 comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:26
    Lauren_ Hi Libra Nurse! I have been wanting to know a question for about week now! How come you have to be 16 to use a tampon?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    once you have your period, you can use tampons, though most girls start off with pads so that they can learn what their flow is like and get into the swing of things. Whether or not you decide to use tampons is a personal choice thing. Some women go their entire lives with only ever using pads, it's what ever suits you
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 17 Jul, 2014, 04:00
    Anonymous user what do you do when you have your period in class and you don't have pads?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if this happened you'd ask a friend for one of theirs, go to the office or sick bay and get one from there, or best of all, make sure that you're prepared by having a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. You could also make sure that you're using your Libra panty liners everyday to protect your undies, just in case
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  • Pauline0980809
      Make a comment Posted 16 Jul, 2014, 11:10
    Pauline0980809 Hey Libra Nurse I have had discharge for quite a while now and it is quite heavy I also have pubic hair does this mean that Iam close to getting my period by the way I am 13 in November?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it all sounds really positive for your period starting. So you need to make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra liners every day and to keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • missmads83
      Make a comment Posted 16 Jul, 2014, 11:08
    missmads83 Hi, I still have not got my period yet but I'm worried that it is going happen at school and everyone is going to see a big patch of blood on my shorts or dress, please help me!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is like an urban myth, something that every girls has night mares about but that actually rarely happens. It's always a story about 'someone my friend knows'. But to make sure that it doesn't happen to you, make sure that you're prepared. This means using your Libra panty liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. If you feel damp, then excuse yourself from class and go and check your undies, that way you'll never be caught out
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 16 Jul, 2014, 11:05
    Anonymous user Does getting discharge mean that I'm going to get my period soon
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the discharge is a really positive sign that your body is really getting ready for your period, but it can last for more than 12 months before your period starts. So look for the other signs as well, especially when the pubic hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 16 Jul, 2014, 11:04
    Anonymous user Would you recommend Libra Girl Regular Applicator Tampons for first time tampon users? Thanks. :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's a personal choice thing, but for lots of girls they find the applicator tampons easier to use at the beginning
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  • miffmiff:3
      Make a comment Posted 16 Jul, 2014, 11:03
    miffmiff:3 Hi Libra Girl Nurse, do you know whether you are meant to get discharge every day, or is that just for some people?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most girls will get discharge every day, but it will vary in it's amount. The discharge is controlled by your hormones, so as your hormone levels change, so to does your mucous, sometimes being thick and at other times quite runny - but it's all normal and using your Libra liners will keep you feeling fresh and dry
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