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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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  • Anonymous user
      1 comment Posted 25 Jan, 2015, 05:02
    Anonymous user yesterday I found there was a pink-red tint in my underwear. I have spoken to my mum but I just wanted to double check that its normal. what is it?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    This sounds like a little blood mixed in with normal vaginal mucous. Your body can do this as it's getting ready for its first period. Your hormone levels are changing and this what changes the mucous. Use your Libra panty liners everyday to protect your undies, and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 24 Jan, 2015, 07:49
    Anonymous user I am 16 and find it so hard to talk to mum about buying tampons and bras etc. I used to just walk to the supermarket and buy my own tampons but we moved away and I have to ask her for them, but when I do she just seems annoyed and shuts me off.I don't know what to do. Please help!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    You need to find a quiet time to talk to mum about how you're feeling about this, and that really is talk, not argue, whine etc, but try and talk about it. You have one perspective and she has another, so now you have to find a compromise. If you'd like to have her help, then actually say this to her. We often assume that people know how we feel, but in actual fact they're waiting to hear the words
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  • Hattie139
      Make a comment Posted 24 Jan, 2015, 12:05
    Hattie139 I am 16 and find it so hard to talk to mum about buying tampons and bras etc. I used to just walk to the supermarket and buy my own tampons but we moved away and I have to ask her for them, but when I do she just seems annoyed and shuts me off.I don't know what to do. Please help!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I think that you need to talk to mum about this, talk, not argue. Find a quiet, non busy time, and say something like, mum, I really need to talk to you about some things. Don't blame her, say things like, this is how I feel when you say such and such. Ask her how she wants you to manage buying personal products like bras, undies and tampons. Bringing it out into the opening will help, taking the first step is hard
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  • Kaitlyn Grace
      Make a comment Posted 24 Jan, 2015, 12:01
    Kaitlyn Grace i need your help with something. ok so some of my online friends are really depressed and i dont know how to help them. the first one is a girl, shes got messed up family and school problems and on top of that shes got pneumonia, shes always depressed and upset and no matter what i say it never helps. i can only give her advice cause we are in different countries and no matter how much i try to help she rejects it. then there this guy friend and he has isues, he cuts and he has barely any school friends and he has a really messed up life, and cause he is also a different country so i can only give him advice but i dont know what to say anymore. then their is my bestest guy friend, hes the greatest and he means a lot to me cause hes the reason i stopped cutting, (ill explain if you want me to) and well hes having a hard time, cause two of our best online friends have died in the past 3 months and his cousin died last month and he was really upset about it. i aways be there for him and make sure hes ok but i always feel like theres something he isnt telling me, . what do i do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Even though you're being a great friend, supporting and listening to them, especially as you can sympathise with them with your own past history, you can only help to a degree, they have to take the step to request professional help. You need to encourage them to seek the help of councillors, teachers, doctors etc, what ever it takes, but you need to draw a line as to how much of YOU you continue to give. Helping people is fantastic, but their problems can bring you down, and you must protect yourself from this. Goodluck
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  • ILoveMyDogs
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 11:54
    ILoveMyDogs Hi LGN, So I'm 14 and a half and have all the signs of puberty, except a period. Last night i had bad lower back and lower abdominal pain and cramping, and when i woke up this morning there was a lot of light brown discharge in my undies. I checked and it isn't something that was red and turned brown, so what is it? Thanks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    When blood comes into contact with the air, it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown, or even black colour. So what you saw was period blood, mixed in with normal mucous. It was all brown because there wasn't a lot, and it had all had time to change colour. This is a light first period, so now you need to be 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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  • Yoga500
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 11:50
    Yoga500 Hi! About 4 months ago my discharge changed to ear and stretchy, and recently it has been really heavy. Does this mean I am getting close to my first period? Thanks xx
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Yes, when the mucous changes, it's usually a good sign that your period is closer. So make sure you're prepared by using your Libra liners everyday, and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 11:48
    Anonymous user are there any major 'side effects' that come with your period and if there are what are some of them?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Some people have some symptoms when they have their period, or in the first couple of days leading up to your period. These can be tender breasts, feeling a bit bloated or some tummy pains, they're usually quite mild. Occasionally some women may have more symptoms than this, but this doesn't happen for most girls. Have a look through the site to get more information
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  • freetofly
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:32
    freetofly Hi, um so I first got my period a year and a half ago, and in the last few months it has become a regular 'visitor' but this month it didn't come even though I got my usual PMS (cramps, moodswings, oily skin and hair....) why???
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Your period can sometimes miss a month, and it doesn't mean anything bad at all, and it's even more common for this to happen in the first couple of years of your period
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  • ChelsMargaret
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:30
    ChelsMargaret Hi Libra girl nurse, I've had my period for a while now, I got it around the age of 10-11 and it's frequently starting to get more painful with the cramps, it isn't just stomach cramps as such either, I get it around the bottom of my vagina and it is really painful, so painful I sometimes wake up at abnormal times because I'm experiencing so much pain, is this normal? I haven't wanted to ask my mum about it because I've recently got a boyfriend and she told me when she first experienced this type of pain it was because she has unprotected sex and I don't want her to think that's why I have this pain, I haven't had sex yet and I still experience the same pain, I get worried sometimes when I have the pain because it's off and on during my period but when I can feel it, it's extremely bad I hope u can help me because I really would like to find out and I don't want to go to a doctor by myself but I also don't really want to talk to my mum about it
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    To get abdominal pain after unprotected sex can only be caused by an infection. What you're talking about is normal painful period, which for some women can be really bad. There are many ways of helping with this, you can talk to your local chemist about medication, use localised heat, like heat packs - when you're out you can use the heat packs that Libra make which stick onto you and stay warm for a few hours. Also stretching, like yoga, will help. Period pain often responds well to Chinese Medicine
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  • helloworld199
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:26
    helloworld199 I am 11. A couple of days ago we (All the year 6 girls) ha "The Talk" We learnt about and it is scaring me. ALOT. Although I haven't got my period yet I AM FREAKING OUT. Please help me.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    It's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the changes that are going to happen. But what you have to remind yourself is that no matter how freaked out you feel, your body is made to do this, and knows what to do, so you just have to have a bit of faith in it. Read through the site and learn as much as you can and talk with some of the other girls
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  • gmorton
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:24
    gmorton On Wednesday, I got heaps of discharge and a light brown splodge on my undies. On Friday, My mum told me to wear a liner when I went to bed because I got a bit of discharge. But nothing was there the next morning. Also that morning I went swimming in the sea and after my bathers were fully dry, there wear some pink streaks on my bathers (my bathers are pink but this other pink was darker) its now Saturday morning and I have got a bit of discharge. Is this my period or not?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
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  • minnie23
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:22
    minnie23 after i had my last period, my nipple has recently become really itchy and almost an orange colour.it looks completely different to my other one. im really worried because ive seen nothing like this yet ive had my period for a year and a bit. should i see a doctor?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I don't think it's got anything to do with your period, it sounds more like a skin irritation. The orangey colour could be caused by a bit of discharge. Itching them would just make it worse. Talk to your local chemist about some bacterial washes you could use to help clear it up. In the mean time, wash the area twice a day, pat dry, and try to use soaps that are low fragrance, more natural and moisturising
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  • mari16
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:18
    mari16 I was wondering since my period cycle ranges between 31-36 days, and my average cycle length is 34 days. I was wondering if there was a way to regulate my period, without birth control? And if the period tracker app period predictions going to ever be close to accurate about when my period comes? For this month its says Jan. 7th is my starting date if my period cycle is 34 days? What should I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    If your period comes every 31-36 days, then it's actually pretty regular, you just have a longer cycle. If the period tracker isn't working for you, it would be easier for you to just count the days forward in your diary and mark in the potential date for your period there
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  • maddymoo8
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:15
    maddymoo8 i had my first period about 3 months ago and it was extremely light, there was hardly anything there beside a tiny browny bit when i wiped. i am currently having my second period and its the same, really light. do i still need a tampon when i want to swim? is this even period?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    According to the Public Health Regulations, yes you do if you're swimming in a public place with your period
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  • Ghcjbnk
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:14
    Ghcjbnk After a couple years of having my period I finally managed to insert a tampon! However it was incredibly painful and uncomfortable so I pulled it out to replace it, during the process of removing the pain was almost unbearable and it took a while for the pain to go away, this pain got worse as I kept trying throughout the afternoon...is this a technique problem? I've tried inserting it from a different angle but it won't go in?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    If you try to remove a tampon before it has had time to absorb blood and mucous and become soaked, then it will always be uncomfortable, if not painful, to remove as it sticks to the skin and mucous membrane rather than sliding out. The key to tampon insertion is relaxation and practice, and yes you need to have the angle right. So go over to the website and look for some more details on how to insert a tampon
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  • gibbo7401
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:11
    gibbo7401 Hey! I got my period either on the 19th or sometime during the night before. I was okay at first and everything was fine but now it's my second day and things are a lot worse. I have nearly gone through half a pack of pads. I have had leaks through the back of th pad. I think this is because I have been sitting down a lot I'm not quite sure. I haven't had any cramps which I guess is okay but I really need some help with product choice and how to stop the leaks. I am currently wearin pads but it leaks and spreads up to the top of the back of the pad and onto my underwear and through my pants.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    If you're leaking, then there a few things to look at. The first is the quality of the pad you're using, a good quality pad like Libra will hold more blood than some other brands, the blood soaks down through the top layer into the layers below, so doe this reason you don't change your pad as soon as you see blood on the top, you give it a chance to soak through. The next thing to look at is the absorbency of the pad, it can be light, normal or for heavy flows, now you look at the shape of the pad - Libra pads come in different styles, have a look on the site for more info. And lastly you need to look at where on your undies you're putting the pad, as placement is really important, and it's a bit of trial and error to find the right spot
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  • sarah.chelsea7
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:05
    sarah.chelsea7 I have got my period before for a couple of years now then I started to take the pill because I absoultly hate have my period it ruins everything! Anyway after I had stop taking the pill I got my period like usually but after the one cycle I never get my period anymore, I don't know if Its normal or not?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    It can sometimes take some time before your body gets back into a routine, so don't stress, just give yourself time
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 08:04
    Anonymous user How will i know i got my period if my undies are pink or purple?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    When blood comes away you'll see it on the toilet paper when you wipe yourself, you'll feel wet, and your undies will be damp, so you'll definitely know, no matter what colour undies you're wearing
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 07:54
    Anonymous user hey i only got my periods last month (holidays) and i get them in a few days and im really scared beacuse when i get them is the day i go back to school with them ?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    It's nothing to stress about, you just have to make sure that you're prepared and organised. So that means having your supplies handy in your bag for school, using good quality products like Libra so that you know that you can trust them to keep you covered
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  • summer8286
      Make a comment Posted 23 Jan, 2015, 07:52
    summer8286 I have been having heavy discharge lately, should i expect my period soon? If so how should i be prepared
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    The best way to be prepared is to use your Libra liners every day and to keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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