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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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  • L1lyb
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:50
    L1lyb Hi LGN, I'm asking another question my period was fairly light at the start and became heavier on my 3-5 day it lasted for 12 days is this normal?? Also these are my dates January 25-30, April 17-21, July 12-24 is it starting to form a pattern?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    when your period first starts, it can go for shorter or longer periods of time, over the months it will settle into more of a pattern. You count the days from the first day or your period to the first day of your next period, and see if a pattern is emerging, it can take a number of months to happen
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:48
    Anonymous user Hi i am 13 years old and i think i am getting my period i am not sure because no one has talked to me about it so i am not sure. can you please give me some advise! thanks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your body will show signs that it is getting ready for a period, your breasts will grow, you'll get pubic and underarm hair, and vaginal mucous. The vaginal mucous usually starts off a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. Use your Libra liners to protect your undies, and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case your period starts when you're out. The average age is about 12 but you could ask mum when she started her period, as often it starts at a similar age as your mum. Have a look around the website for some more info
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  • Hockey02
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:46
    Hockey02 I've had my period twice and last time I had to use a tampon because I was on holiday and I wanted to go swimming, I also play a lot of hockey and I was wondering weather I should use tampons or pads?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's really up to you, what you feel most comfortable with. Of course for swimming you'll need to use tampons, but often women find tampons better for any sport they participate in. Lots of women use a combination of pads and tampons, just see what works best for you
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  • teesh.xx
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:45
    teesh.xx Hi, so I have a felling I am going to get my period soon. I'm a lot moodier then usual and I'm getting heaps more discharge then I usually get. I am the same age as my mum when she got her period and yea. But I just wanted to know what are the main signs that your about to get your period. Thanks :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the main signs are the vaginal mucous getting heavier and changing from a yellowish colour to a clear or white colour. You'll also get thickening of your pubic hair, and it will go all the way from the front to the back. And of course hair under your arms and your breasts growing. Make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra panty liners every day and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Lauren_
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:37
    Lauren_ So you don't have to be 16 to use a tampon?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    nope, there is no set age to use a tampon. Basically when you have your period, you can use a tampon. It's all personal choice. Some people have very set views as to when they can be used, if they can be used at all, but it's basically an individuals decision
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  • Lauren_
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:35
    Lauren_ Hi Libra Nurse. Sorry I am asking you another question but if you start using tampons, what size would you need? And also I get a bit nervous asking my mum questions, could you give me some tips on how to not be nervous. Thanks alot! This really helps me!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    start off with the smallest size of tampon, like the libra minis, and perhaps try the applicator tampons and see how you go with these. It's normal to feel nervous about talking with mum about these things, she well might feel a bit awkward too. Usually it gets better with practice, plus, your mum will actually feel pleased tht you asked her. So start off with something simple and raise the topic when the two of you are alone and have time
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  • hw21<3
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:11
    hw21<3 Hi Libra Girl Nurse, I've been wanting to try tampons for when I'm swimming but I'm really scared about that TSS disease from tampons and that I might get it and then die, can you please tell me how to prevent the disease and more information about it??!! I'm really scared!!, thanks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it is extremely rare to get TSS and there are some very basic things that you do to minimise the risks. The most important thing is to use a good quality product that is clean and undamaged. Make sure your hands are clean when you're inserting the tampon so you're not introducing any germs, and don't leave your tampon in for longer than 4-6 hours. By following these simple steps you'll be fine
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  • Basketball
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:09
    Basketball I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks and I'm asking how many tampons will I need? We will be swimming a lot too
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you change your tampon every 4 hours, add those up plus how often you might go swimming, cause you'd change them after you've come out of the pool/water. Take more than you think you'll need so that you know that you're covered - they don't take up much room in your luggage
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  • Hockey02
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:07
    Hockey02 Is it possible for a tampon to temporarily stop you period?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no, in no way is it possible for a tampon to affect your period. If when you were using a tampon it seemed that your loss was really light, it might be more that it seems like more blood when you're looking at you pad. Tampons are very absorbent so it takes a while for them to fill up
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:05
    Anonymous user Um just wondering does your period hurt
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    some women do get period pain, but for most it's like a dull ached low down in their abdomen, and it's helped by using heat, stretching exercises and simple analgesics. The heavier the period, the more likely you are to get some period pain. But for lots of women they don't have any period pain at all
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  • Princess255
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:04
    Princess255 I'm going on a cruise in 3 weeks! And I've got an electronic app to tell me when I'm due for my next period. And it says that I'm getting it on the last 3 days. And I'm defiantly not wearing a tampon because I don't feel ready for it. And I'm just wondering what can I do?????? :( :( :(
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it simply means that you'll need to take your supplies of Libra pads with you so that you know that you're covered, and on the days that you have your period, if you're using pads, you won't be able to swim
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:03
    Anonymous user So I''m scared that while I'm swimming, which is twice a week, I will have my period but when I try to put in a tampon, I get really nervous and can't do it properly, so lately when I have my period I just don't go to swimming training, which I really want to do! What should I do????
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I think that you should keep trying to use a tampon so that you'll be able to go swimming. Having your period shouldn't stop you from doing any of the things you enjoy. Try using a smaller sized tampon, or the Libra applicators. And yes, relaxation is the key
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:01
    Anonymous user All my friend have there periods I am the only one how can you get your period faster please tell me please please please
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    unfortunately there is absolutely no way that you can make your period come earlier or later. It is controlled by your hormones, and this is already keyed into your body's makeup by genetics. It will happen, as hard as it is, you just have to be patient
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 04:00
    Anonymous user What age so u get your period ??
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the average age is 12, but it can come as early as 10 or 11, or later at 15 or 16. It doesn't matter what age your period comes, it's all considered normal
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 03:59
    Anonymous user Does your period hurt at all
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    some women do get some period pain, the most common sort is a dull ache low down in your abdomen. It's often helped by heat, stretching exercises, and basic analgesics. It occurs more often with heavier periods
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 03:58
    Anonymous user What is pubic hair
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    pubic hair is the hair that grows in your pubic area, that is, the area between your legs and on the front
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 26 Jul, 2014, 03:57
    Anonymous user Hi, it's my 3rd period and my 6th day and its really heavy is this normal?? How long should a period last?? Is it meant to bleed in the shower??
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    while you have your period, blood will come out all the time, so yes, you'll see it when you're in the shower, especially if you've been using pads as some of the blood will have stuck to your pubic hair so you'll see it as the water washes it away. On average periods last for 7-10 days but in the first year they can often be a bit irreguar. The heaviest days are usually in the middle of the period so what you're seeing is totally normal
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  • 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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