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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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  • makayla09
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:59
    makayla09 hi sorry i know my paragraph is really long but please answer all my questions i dont know if this is normal. please please read it i am 14 and i started going through puberty early, in year 3 my boobs were growing. in year 5 i was the only girl who had little boobs and had to wear a crop top. i started growing pubic hair about year 4. no one else had pubic hair. so i had boobs in year 5 but i didnt get my first period until i was at the end of year seven. i would of been 12 i think. i know that between ages 8-16 is when u get your period so 12 is probably the age that most people get their periods is it? if not then what age is most common for girls to get their first period? but one time in class the teacher said u normally get your period about 3 years after your breasts start developing but i didnt get my first period till 4 years after mine started developing. and the other girls who had their period at 12 didnt really have big boobs like i did, their boobs were only just developing? i was cup size D when i was 12, it was the first brah i ever got. i remember always being insecure because i had boobs and no other girls did and i should of been wearing a bra but i was too embarrassed to ask my mum to buy me one, so i was always thinking people could see my nipples and when i jumped i thought people were secretly laughing at my saggy boobs bouncing in jumpjam but the teachers gave me hell and forced me to do jumpjam. they were saggy because i needed a bra to hold them up. i only have like one or two periods a year, is this normal? should i be getting like atleast 6 a year? i know for other girls it is notmal but i thought because i developed so early it would be a little more settled in by now for me? i had a face completely full of acne in year six and i needed deodorant in year 3/4 so i was definitely going through something 4 or 5 years earlier than the other girls who all got taught about puberty before it happened to them so they new how to cope. i didnt because i was young so i didnt get things like a bra to wear or advice to make some pimples go away, i thought i was a freak because my face was completely covered in acne i thought i was so ugly and it was so unfair, or even meant things like having a bf, first kiss, stuff like that because none of the guys OR the girls were into the same stuff as me because puberty messed around my head i had sexual urges and i would of lost my virginity at like 9 or 10 if i had found a guy to have it with. i thought i was a freak because of the stuff i thought in my head, but 4 years later when we got the talk i realized i didnt even need to think i was a freak because u do think this stuff when ur going through puberty. im sorry its so long.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    puberty can start as early as age 9, and it continues until your early twenties. So some girls will have changes that they can see at this early stage - like you, and others wont. Ultimately by the time we hit our twenties we've all caught up with each other, even though for some it might have been a long and  confusing ride. It can take your body a couple of years once your period starts for it to become regular. For most girls this would mean a period each month. So to only have a couple of periods a year is not the normal thing. The breasts growing, the acne, the moods, the sexual feelings are all part of the hormones and puberty. Your journey has just been drawn out. If you have your period, then your body is doing the right thing, and you can either just give it some more time to sort itself out - cause at 14 it still is considered early despite the age you started having changes, or you could talk to mum about seeing your GP. The most likely thing that they would do is some blood tests to see what your hormone levels are like
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  • pa5510nfruit
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:52
    pa5510nfruit Dear Libra girl nurse, Whenever i'm on my period my mum buys the really cheap pads like woolworths select and everyday stuff. Whenever i'm at school it scrunches up into a roll an de-taches from my underwear. They're REALLY uncomfortable too! Is there anyway i could talk to my mum about better quality pads without her giving me a financial lecture?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    have a look through the site for some more info that you can share with your mum. In my experience cheapre pads don't absorb as well, so you actually go through more of them, so it's false economy. Libra pads also come in different shapes so that it's easier to find one that would fit your body. But ultimately if your mum's the one buying them, it's up to her. So you need to talk to her, without arguing or whining, about what you'd like to try. Perhaps you could suggest a trial of the Libra products and see if it really is more expensive in the long term, or perhaps you could offer to take on some more chores to pay for the Libra products
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  • pa5510nfruit
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:49
    pa5510nfruit At my school it is compulsory to wear black shorts. Unforetunately when i'm on my period you can still see the pad line marks through my pants. I use a jumper to cover it up. Both my mum and step mum refuse to let me use a tampon and i'm scared to. I wish that i could wear black denim to cover it up but if i do my legs cache. Is there a way i can hide my pads lines?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you might be able to see the line of your pad when you're looking, but I'm pretty sure no one else will be able to. You'd need to have your legs apart and being doing cart wheels. Even then, it would just look like the outline of the crutch of your undies and shorts. If it still concerns you, then look at the undies you're wearing, and choose pairs that are thicker in the crutch so there's less chance of any definition being seen
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:46
    Anonymous user Will I get my period around the same time my mum did ?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the average age to get your period is at about age 11/12. Usually we take after our mums, but we can take after the women on your dad's side of the family instead. So it's more about looking for the signs, like pubic and underarm hair, your breasts growing, and vaginal mucous. The mucous usually starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. You can have this for two years before your period might start. 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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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:44
    Anonymous user I'm 15 and still haven't got my period yet.I have been discharging for 2 years now.Is it normal or should I get worried?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    some girls don't get their period until they're 15 or 16, so there's no need to stress, especially if your body is showing the signs of getting ready for a period, like pubic and underarm hair, breasts growing, and vaginal mucous. Then it's just a case of being prepared, and waiting, as frustrating as that can be
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  • Flowergirl10123
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:43
    Flowergirl10123 I woke up This morning with brown stuff in my undies it was in the middle and towards the back of my undies I have taken quizzes online and they all say 2 to 5 months I have all the signs even cramps and PMS...or so I've heard from my brother it didn't happen again today is this my period?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your period is caused by hormonal changes. So when there is a surge in hormones, the lining of your uterus changes. If you get a bit of  bleeding that only lasts a day, or just the one episode, then it's because there was a surge in your hormones, but not enough to produce a proper period. It means that your body is very ready for a period, but just not quite there yet. When blood comes into contact with the air, it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown or black, and it mixes in with the normal vaginal mucous - so this is what you were seeing. Use your Libra liners every day and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Cool13531
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:40
    Cool13531 Hey, right now I am 13, I have got to lets say the middle of puberty (still don't have my period) and I am a bit over 5'9 (1m 76cm). I am really tall for my age! Can you tell me if that is normal or do I just have a defect when I was born!!!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    there's nothing abnormal about your height at all. Perhaps there's someone in your family who is tall who you're taking after? Some people get their growth spurt at the beginning of puberty (12-13) and others at the end (15-16) You actually continue to mature into your early twenties, but not usually height, more your breasts size and fullness
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  • City
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:38
    City what happens when I get my first Period in class and I wasn't reedy and I don't have Tampons or Pads on?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    well, how about making sure that this doesn't happen to you. That would mean using your Libra liners every day, and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. If you did get caught out at school, you could ask a friend, the teacher, at the office or in sickbay for help
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  • Heygirl15
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:36
    Heygirl15 I ran out of pads and its heavy I used a hack but it was really uncomfortable, any help?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if it happens at school you can always ask at the office or in the sick bay for help, or perhaps from one of your friends. At home, I'm sure mum will have spare supplies. How about trying to make sure it doesn't happen again by putting some spare 'just in case' supplies away. Using a hanky or toilet paper is fine in an emergency untily you can get some proper supplies in
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  • jojoandharry
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:34
    jojoandharry how do you insert a tampon?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the key to inserting a tampon is relaxation, making sure that all the muscles in your pelvic area are relaxed when you insert the tampon. It does take a bit of practice, and sometimes it helps to put one leg up on the toilet seat whilst you're inserting the tampon. Putting a bit of lubricant on the tip can help too. On the site there are more detailed instructions, and also in the tampon box itself there are clear instructions
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  • icepanda
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:32
    icepanda How do you dispose of a tampon? I'll have to throw it away in the bin in the kitchen.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you were in a toilet with a sanitary bin, then you'd put it in there. At home, it tends to be wrapped and put into the general rubbish
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  • Caand103
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:32
    Caand103 Hey I'm 12 years old and I've still not got my period but I've being masterbating since I was about 9 I first started to finger my self because I was explore my body and I just found a hole so I would shove my fingers up my vagina and it's become a very big habit and I don't know if I should stop because I do it about every night is this normal and should i tell my parents about my habit
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    masturbating is a totally normal thing. Whether or not you tell your parents is totally up to you. Most people regard masturbation as a very personal, private thing, but if you feel the need to talk about it with your parents, that's totally fine. As for your period, masturbation won't affect when your period will come
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  • Geek_Girl
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:30
    Geek_Girl School is starting soon and im dreading it, Going into year 8 and i tend to lose and gain fake and real friends. And because im big chested and is quit heavy i get alittle bullied and im crystal and get called meth by the boys :(.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Losing and gaining real and false friends hasn't actually got anything to do with your chest size, it's aobut how you feel about your body. So, what you need to do is work on being you, only you, and getting to love the skin you're in, with all the good bits and bad bits. This is the only way you'll be able to find long term friends, when you're happy within yourself. No one says that this is easy, but its a day by day thing that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Talk to mum about making sure that you're wearing the best supporting bra so that you can feel at your  most confident, and if you feel that you're a bit over weight, then start to keep a food and exercise diary so that you  can work out the times when you fall down in what you eat and do. It's fine to have the occasional treat, but overall you should have a well balance diet. Perhaps you and mum could work out a plan together.
    As for the guys calling you meth, they think they're really original and funny. It might be annoying, but it's totally normal for them to behave like this. If you want them to stop, ignore them. Don't give them any reaction at all when they say it, and definitely don't answer to it. Over time it will become really boring for them, you just have to wait them out
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  • Cutiegirl
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:23
    Cutiegirl Hi LG, please help me. I have all the songs for my period and I am turning 15 in a week. I am the last of my friends and feel so left out. My mum got hers at 13 and my pinger sister who just turned 12 got hers before me! I have the signs and I have no idea why my sister got it before me as I am more developed then her! I am 5"5 and only weigh 40k and I'm worried that I am underweight. Though I have always been thin and my dad said he was always like me as a kid. My sister weighs 38kg and for her period recently. So what's wrong with me?! Plus I am getting older and I really am worried that I won't get it! I cried so much when I found out about my sister and it's still upsetting me. I have been waiting for so long to get my period. I have hair and small boobs and discharge for almost two years. Why haven't I got it yet?! Will I ever get it!!? I am really worried. Plus i dislike my doctor and she doesn't get what it's like. Please help me.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you've got all these signs, then there's nothing wrong, your body is doing all the things that it should, but just in it's own time frame. It sounds like your sister took after your mum, and you're taking after the girls on your dad's side of the family. It doesn't really matter, we all catch up in the end, and all of us don't finish puberty until our early twenties, so you really do have lots of time left, as frustrating as it all is. If your hormones weren't working properly, then you would have your breasts growing, vaginal mucous etc happening. So it's a case of trying to be patient, knowing that there's nothing wrong, and making sure that you're prepared for when it does happen for you - using your Libra liners and keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:20
    Anonymous user Um, I wanted to ask about discharge? When mine comes out it is a white/clear colour, that's how it's supposed to be. But then, it dries a yellow/off white colour. Is this normal?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, totally normal. The vaginal mucous usually starts off a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. Use your libra liners to keep yourself feeling fresh and dry
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  • niamh516
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:19
    niamh516 Hi. I am a 13yr old girl and in the past year I have noticed that my boobs are getting really big! And that my tummy is quite fat but the rest of my body is in normal shape?! I have tried to do exercise but then lazy out! Pleases help me! And I'm worried because this year is my first year at College and older boys are going to be there!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    as you grow over the next few years, some of the 'puppy fat' will disappear, but if your dietary intake is greater than what you burn up, then this doesn't apply. So, rather than looking specifically at stomach exercises, look at the whole picture. So that means diet and overall exercise, that will naturally help with toning any part of your body
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:17
    Anonymous user I'm starting school on the first of feb (3 days), i get really heavy periods. and whats weird is that i dont get cramps, i just feel the blood pour out of me. im afraid im going to do what my mum did. have my period in class, get up with blood down my legs. what is the best pad for heavy periods? not a nappy though
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    start with keeping a diary of when your period comes so that you can see a pattern emerging, that way you'll be prepared before your period comes. Libra has pads for heavier periods, have a look on the website for more details. Use the pads with wings so that you know that the pad is held in place. Use a panty liner every day so that you're protected, and maybe keep a spare pair of undies in your period kit in case you need to change. Women with heavier periods often find a combination of pads and tampons work best for them
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:14
    Anonymous user Hi for about 4-5 days i got brown discharge my period was about 8 days away. The consistency wasn't runny it was more formed.There was nothing else going on like itchness or cramps. Is there something wrong?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no, nothing is wrong. This sounds like a bit of bleeding, often called 'breakthrough bleeding' when the level of hormones rises enough to cause some blood to form but not enough for a proper period. When blood comes into contact with the air, it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown or black colour. So what you're seeing is blood that has had time to change colour. This can happen at any time, but more often in the first couple of years when your body is still sorting itself out
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:12
    Anonymous user Hi, I have been having discharge for about 2 years, but recently I have been getting quite a lot in my under wear. I'm 13 and haven't got my period yet. The colour of the discharge ranges from a light yellow to clear sort of colour. What does this mean? Thank you
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is all really good signs that your body is getting ready for a period. The vaginal mucous usually starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. Use your Libra liners every day to keep yourself protected and feeling fresh and dry, and make sure that you put a spare Libra pad into your bag, just in case
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  • Maddog5454
      Make a comment Posted 02 Feb, 2016, 08:11
    Maddog5454 What's that white stuff what you get in you under where
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is  called vaginal mucous. It's the way your body keeps your agina clean and moist. It usually starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. You can use Libra liners every day to keep yourself fresh and dry
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