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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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  • _lilypop_24
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:50
    _lilypop_24 Haiii, Lily here, i got my first period on saturday and its a really-and i mean REALLY- heavy flow, its' been going for about 4 days now. I don't have cramps -luckily- only slightly. Is it normal for it to be so heavy? Sorry it's kind of a 2-in-1 question but, my mum still wont let me shave my legs and the hair really -once again REALLY- irritates me, im always uncomfortable sitting down or walking around and im very self conscious considering i'm in year 9 now and im the ONLY girl in my highschool who doesn't shave their legs. Even the year 7's who aren't even 12 yet are shaving and i'm teased about my legs, they're really long and its easy to know when im uncomfortable anytime of any day so please any advice for telling my mum i NEED to shave and if it's bad for my first flow to be so heavy.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your parents worry cause they care - if they didn't care they'd not be interested in how you are, what you're doing, where your life is heading etc. All teenagers feel like this, their attention at times will drive you mad, but you have to constantly remind yourself of why they're doing it.
    Being stressed also is a part of the teenage years, it's a time of change, and that in itself can be stressful. It's a good idea to make a plan - remembering that that plan might need to be changed or tweeked as the year goes past. Use a diary to manage your time, so that you can get a balance for school, homework and other activities like sport or just catching up with friends. At year 7 you're in the lower part of the school, the year 12's are at the top, and it's normal, though not necessarily nice, that they throw their weight around a bit - this will part so the best reaction is to ignore it all - and of course to try and remember what you're feeling now when you're in year 12 so that you don't repeat their actions.
    Having a plan will also allow you to set aside sleep time, and being well rested, when paired with a good diet and physical activity, will help in how your moods are etc. And if you know that you are having times of being stroppy - could this be another reason why your parents react as they do?
    Good luck
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:44
    Anonymous user Hi there! I have only had my period 4 times and our school swimming sports is coming up soon. Im kinda on hair trigger and it could happen anytime. I have never used tampons but I don't know what I'll do if I get my period on the day. IM ONLY 11 and I need some extra advice!Please help me!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    unfortunately if you have your period when the swimming sports are on, you'll need to use tampons, it's actually a Public Health Regulation. If you feel that you can't, or don't want to, then it just means that you won't be able to swim. Why not talk to mum about this and perhaps get some Libra tampons so that you can be prepared. Perhaps go for the Libra minis as they're smaller, or the Libra applicator tampons.
    The biggest thing to remember when using tampons is relaxation, if you relax the muscles around where the tampon needs to go, it's much easier to insert. There are instructions with the pack, but also lots of more instructions/information on the site, so have a look
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:41
    Anonymous user Hi I have a question to ask I haven't gotten my period since about 2 mouths.is there something wrong or is it normal for some girls
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    for some girls it's very normal to have missed or irregular periods. Often over a few years, these sort themselves out and everything gets into a routine, but sometimes irregular periods can be just the way a period is for some girls, it doesn't mean anything bad. It's more common in the first couple of years of getting your period to have missed or late ones, and then your body finds its' own routine and every thing is fine. Just make sure that you're always prepared in case your period does come, this means using your Libra panty liners every day, and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • csumm32
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:38
    csumm32 Hi im 14 and i got my periods last year and through the end of 2014 i stop getting them. should i go to a doctor to go on the pill or just wait?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your body has shown you that it knows what to do, but for some reason it has decided to stop for now. Your period can be affected by stress, illness, weight loss, and often for no reason at all. Usually it just starts up again when your body feels better. Going onto the pill gives you an artifical period, as the pill contains hormones that control what your cycle to, having a period on the pill isn't really letting your body sort itself out, but of course, if you're concerned, you could talk to mum and go and see your doctor
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  • Awesomegirl17
      1 comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:36
    Awesomegirl17 Can discharge dry out in your undies?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, if you only have a light discharge, then it can certainly dry out. You'd see it in your undies as a crusty white or yellowish colour. You can use your Libra liners to protect your undies from this sort of discharge if you want
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:34
    Anonymous user So i ordered my starter kit like 4 weeks ago now and i still haven't got it in the mail. I have been checking my email as well but nothing has come up about it. How long should it take to get here? Should I order another one?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    sorry, but I don't have anything to do with the starter kits. Make sure that your details are correct, and if you're still worried, there's a contact area on the site
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  • kiyabev_
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:34
    kiyabev_ So i ordered my starter kit like 4 weeks ago and it still hasn' t come in the mail yet. I have been checking my email to see if anything came up about it and nothing has. How long should it take? Should i order another one?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    sorry, but I don't have anything to do with the starter kits. Make sure that your details are correct, and if you're still worried, there's a contact area on the site
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  • mkp123
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:33
    mkp123 Hi, I got what I thought was my first period nearly a year ago and it was browny liquid that didn't affect me much. It lasted for 3 days at most and was very light. I haven't had anything since then except white discharge that goes on my undies and at the moment I'm getting cramps and like lower stomach pains and feeling sick sometimes. I've also noticed I've been easily irritated, does this mean my real period is coming? Thanks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it sounds like your body had a practice at having a period, and then went on hold. This is totally normal, and just shows you that your body knows what to do, but will do things only when it's completely ready. When blood comes into contact with the air, it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown, or even black colour, and it still gets mixed in with normal vaginal mucous. So what you saw was a period, just one that had a flow light enough that it had time to change colour. The tummy pains, cramps etc might be a sign that you're about to have another period, so make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra liner every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • ninjacat
      1 comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:30
    ninjacat Hey! I got my period yesterday and I do heaps of sport. What do you recon I should do? Im kiinda nervous :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's normal to be worried whenever you start or try anything new, so don't be concerned about that. Lots of girls/women, who do sport use tampons to make it easier to manage their periods. It's a good idea to start off with the Libra minis if you're unsure of how to manage, there's instructions on the pack, but even more detailed ones on the site. The key to using tampons is relaxation and practice. You can choose to use the normal tampons, or the applicator ones - they're both the same, it's just a personal choice thing as to which you'd choose. When you first start using tampons, I'd suggest using a light pad or liner as well so that you're covered in case you haven't got the angle quite right, or you don't change your tampon in time and you get a bit of leakage. Most girls change their tampons every 3-4 hours. Libra tampons come in minis, regular and super absorbent so there's sure to be one that suits you.
     
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  • Atalya14
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:25
    Atalya14 I haven't gotten my period January does it mean something bad or is it normal
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it can be normal to miss a period for no reason at any time. But this is more likely to happen in the first couple of years when you first start your period, as your body gets into its routine. So it's nothing to stress about. Changes in your life can affect your period too, like stress, both good and bad - like going away on holidays, or worrying about exams. Changes in your weight, your diet etc can also affect your period, but your body usually sorts itself out without any problems, so try not to stress
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  • mia thermopolis
      Make a comment Posted 17 Mar, 2015, 06:23
    mia thermopolis this periods is really troubling me. i cannot able to spend time with my family instead keeping hygiene . can you pls say some tips of hygiene workin in short time for this periods?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I'm not completely sure I understand your question, but I'll give it a go. The hygiene that you practice when you have your period is basically the same as at all other times, you'll just have to make sure that you change your pad or tampon as often as necessary, and wash between your legs morning and night. By using good quality products like Libra, the wetness is drawn away from your body, keeping you feeling fresh and dry. By changing them every 3-4 hours, you know that you'll minimise any chance of an odour. Any odour that is produced is one that only really you'd be aware of, no one else would know that you had your period unless you told them. Having your period shouldn't affect the time it takes to do other things, like spending with family. It only takes a few extra minutes in the toilet, that's all, but like all things new, it's about getting used to changes and getting into a habit of how you manage your period
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  • Crazyfruit
      2 comments Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:32
    Crazyfruit Hi, well i was wondering since my school cross country is coming up and there is this boy in my neighbourhood that i want to ask to do cross country training with, hes really nice but what should i do to ask? Im nervous... should i ask him?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    say hi when you see him and get the conversation started on the cross country training, what he does, what you're planning to do, and then talk about training, then when you're comfortable, suggest that you could do some training together. Keep it all light and friendly to no one feels pressured
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  • Bloomer
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:30
    Bloomer Hi Libra, I have lots of leg and arm hair,starting to get armpit hair, but if I have leg and arm hair very noticible does that mean I am gonna get my period?Other girls don't have leg hair that noticible but I do.I need help thx
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the hair colour and thickness is more a genetic thing, so it depends on your heritage. A sign that your body is getting ready for a period is pubic hair thickening up and going all the way through to the back, and vaginal mucous. You can have vaginal mucous for a couple of years before your period starts
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  • KitKat9087
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:27
    KitKat9087 Hi Libra Girl nurse, Recently I have been really excited and looking forward to getting my period. I have started a little storage that my mum doesn't know about (I think) and I have been ordering free samples off the internet and each morning I wake up hoping my period has come, but it hasn't. I have started getting hair under my arms, hair in my vaginal area, and my breast I think have been growing, but last year one day I had some sort of discharge and that was it, since then I have had nothing. I got the guts earlier on this year to ask my mum what age she got her period and she said around 12/13 years old and at the moment I am 12 years old turning 13 in May this year. Today I just started getting cramp like feelings around my stomach area: ribs, chest, etc. Does that mean I am going to get my period soon or discharge soon?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    cramps around your chest etc aren't a sign of your period. Things to look for are pubic and underarm hair, especially when the hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back. The other really positive sign is vaginal mucous. It starts off as being a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour - when this happens it's a very psoitve sign but you can have this discharge for a couple of years before your period starts
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  • Anonymous user
      1 comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:22
    Anonymous user So today I got my first period, and I freaked out. I am twelve years old, and don't think any of my friends have theirs yet. Butttt the worst part, in exactly one month I (and my year group) are all going on our school camp for three days. In that time we will be doing many outdoor activities including swimming and I'm really scared! I only just got it I have told my mum but she hasent yet realised about camp! I really don't want to be wearing a tampon when I go swimming, I have heard they are bad for you especially when you only just got your period. Please help! ️Thankyou x
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your camp being a month away means you have lots of time to get ready and prepared. Talk to mum about this so that she can help. Tampons are not 'bad' for you, if there was any possibility that there was a problem, then we wouldn't sell them. You can use a tampon as soon as you like, even though there are some women who choose to not use tampons for personal reasons. If you're going to go swimming, then, if you have your period, then you have to use tampons, it's actually a Public Health Regulation. When you're on camp, you just make sure that you take enough supplies with you, spare undies, and some plastic bags to put your used products in, in case they don't have ready access to sanitaryt bins. You can use the bags made specifically for used sanitary products, they sell them in the same aisle as the pads and tampons, or you can use the bags made for used nappies
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:17
    Anonymous user I was walking in my house and suddenly I got vaginal discharge, then last night I woke up and my undies were wet. Do I have my period???
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you had your period, you'd see blood rather than just vaginal mucous. So it depends on what sort of loss you have. Your period is blood mixed in with normal vaginal mucous
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:16
    Anonymous user Hi Libra Nurse I had my first period for 15 days then it stopped for a week and now it has started again.I was just wondering if this was normal?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, this can happen, especially when you first start to get your period. It can take a couple of years for your body to totally sort it's period out so don't stress
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:14
    Anonymous user So I have a problem,Istarted growing armpit hair not that nnoticeable though,but no pubic hair.I have started budding and my leg hair is allot.The thing is I haven't had a growth spurt and I'm only four feet.I have a growth problem and I'mseeing them in aApril.I might already be on my period by then and stop growing what should I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it sounds like your body is doing all the right things, but it does it slowly over a period of time. It can take a number of years for everything to fall into place. If you're seeing a specialist soon, then this is something that you can discuss with them more fully as to how your condition will affect you specifically
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  • bellaxxx98
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:12
    bellaxxx98 Hello. I was just wondering what I could use to clean down there? Which one do you recommened out of the wash and the wipes? Also some people have told me that they can damage the PH levels in the vagina and they can take away all the good bacteria? Thank you
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    just washing between your legs once or twice a day should be enough, using just normal soap and water - what you use on the rest of your body. You really don't need anything special, and you only wash on the outside. The normal bacteria are there to protect your body
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  • daisy04
      Make a comment Posted 22 Feb, 2015, 09:10
    daisy04 Hi! I'm mega nervous about my period coming and I have know idea what to do!!??
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's normal to be worried about your period starting, but you have to remind yourself that it's a normal thing, and that your body actually knows what to do. Have a look through the Libra site so that you can find out all that you need to get yourself prepared, and perhaps talk to mum about getting in some Libra supplies so that you're ready
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