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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
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 11:04
    Anonymous user Hi, i was just wondering along with all of the other signs of getting your first period is bad stomach cramps one of them. i don't have my period yet but i have got puberty in all places, my breasts have developed and i have discharge but i have also been getting really bad stomach cramps my sister thinks its because i might be getting my period soon but just don't know . Please help me :( :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this might be a sign that your body is getting ready for a period, but a more definite sign is the vaginal mucous. It changes from a yellowish colour to a clear or white colour. The stomach pains can be caused by other things. But 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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  • Afrah
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 11:02
    Afrah My periods are not regular. what shall I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it can take a couple of years for your period to totally sort itself out, so don't stress. Some women never get regular periods, it doesn't mean anything bad. Try keeping a record of when your period comes and for how long it lasts so that you can see a pattern, remember that the calender months aren't even so it's not going to come on the same day each month, it's more about counting the days between your periods
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  • geo101
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 11:01
    geo101 I am 12 and I got my period on the 3rd of January. I had it until the 7th of January, and I haven't gotten it since. I don't know if that means anything that I should worry about or if I should be telling someone.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is totally fine, in the first couple of years your period can be irregular, but even after that, it's fine if, for no reason at all, you have a time when you miss a period, your body will just sort itself out. Just 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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  • DeletedProfile
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:59
    DeletedProfile Bunny07: Can you use baby wipe to wipe period blood?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    of course you can, it's a case of whatever makes you feel more comfortable. Just remember that you can't dispose of these down the toilet
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  • manningchloe
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:58
    manningchloe I am 14 I have never had my period however I have recently had a dark brown gooey vaginal discharge I am not sure what it is could it be my period?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this could be a light period, mixed in with normal vaginal mucous. When blood comes into contact with the air, it changes from a bright red colour to a darker brown or even black colour, so this is what you're seeing. Use your Libra panty liners to keep yourself protected, and put a spare Libra pad into your bag, just in case
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  • twilly9434
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:57
    twilly9434 Hi, im going camping next week and ill be getting my period then, there aren't toilets or anything there so i will just have to put the used pads and tampons in a bag then throw them out when i find a bin, but during that time how do i keep the blood odor away?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I find the best solution is to put the used product back into the wrapper of your pad or liner, and then put it into a sealed bag - a nappy bag is great cause they're perfumed, but just a small ziplock bag will work too - just don't open the bag again and the odour won't get out
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  • Galaxi_Wolf
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:55
    Galaxi_Wolf What is a period? I know that you bleed and it is very painful but I don't know much else, e.g. why they happen.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    not every woman has painful periods, more often there's no pain at all, and if there is some pain, it's more like an ache on your heaviest days. Have a look on the site for more details, but basically, we have periods cause our body is getting ready to accept a fertilised egg, when that doesn't happen, the lining of the uterus (womb) sheds, and then the whole process starts again. It's all controlled by your hormones
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:53
    Anonymous user Hi I'm 11 turning 12 pretty soon and I'm woundering what the signs of your first period is Talking to my mum gets a bit awkward sometimes because we're not really that close. Anyways I hope you can reply soon, Lorelai
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the sort of changes to look for are pubic and underarm hair, especially when the pubic hair thickens up and goes all the way through to the back, your body changes, your breasts start to grow, and you start to get vaginal mucous. The mucous usually starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour - this is a very positive sign that your period may start soon. The whole process may take a few months, or a couple of years. Just make sure that you're prepared by using your Libra liners and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:51
    Anonymous user Can someone explain why we get periods
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    there's more details on the site, but basically, each month, the hormones of your body prepares your uterus (womb) to accept a fertilised egg, so that a baby can grow and be born. When this doesn't happen, the lining sheds itself (you see this as your period) and then the whole process starts again
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  • indiechild
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:50
    indiechild i'm nervous about using tampons can you give me an explanation of how far to go up thankyou
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you insert a tampon to about the length of your finger, if you're unsure, then what about trying the Libra tampons with applicators. You cant push a tampon in too far - then end of your vagina is blocked by the opening to your uterus (the womb) by your cervix. The only thing that will happen if you put a tampon in too far is that it can be a bit uncomfortable. It does take a bit of practise so don't stress
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:47
    Anonymous user I am 10 years old... my friends have had their periods already... they are 9,10,11. I started puberty 2 years ago... why have I not had it yet???
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    tHe average age for your period to start is age 11-12, so your friends who say thaT they've started are actually early - are you sure they really do have their period? If your body is showing you signs that it's getting ready for a period, then that's great, you just need to leave it to work at its' own pace.  It can take a couple of years for it to all come together, 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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  • xxcrazygurlxx
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:32
    xxcrazygurlxx Is it normal for a period to be very irregular like it started on the 17th then ended in 7 days but then started again on the 6th the next month (what is happening right now) for the first 4 months? Thanks!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years it is very common for your period to be irregular, it can take time for your body to sort itself out. By keeping track of when your period comes in a diary, you are more likely to see a patter. Remember, the months of the year are not regular, so you need to count the days between periods rather than which calender day your period started on. When your period is irregular, it's a great idea to use your Libra panty liners on the days in between, so that you're always prepared, plus keep some spare Libra products in your bag, just in case
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  • breebear234
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:30
    breebear234 Who do i ask for products if i have my period at school
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    why not make it that you don't have to ask anyone - that means providing your own products, keeping some spare Libra pads or liners in your bag, just in case. If you did happen to find yourself caught short then you could ask a friend if they had supplies ( if you have your own supplies then your friends could ask you for help), or go to the school nurse, your teacher, or the office.
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  • breebear234
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:28
    breebear234 How do i go to the nurse if my teacher will not ket me
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    I think that you will find that if you really need to go to see the nurse, then your teacher will let you go.  But, of course, teachers are only human and if they think that, based on past behaviour, you might just be trying to get out of class, then this is something that you need to approach them privately about, after class. All teachers know that at times girls especially will need to leave class, if you think that there's a problem, either talk to your teacher directly or ask your mum to speak for you
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  • Shelbyhaworth
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:26
    Shelbyhaworth Hi I just want to know if it is normal to have your period for about 2 and a half weeks?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most periods last from 5-10 days, but in the first couple of years especially they can really vary, sometimes lasting a long time. Often when this happens, you get a period, it lessons but doesn't go away completely, and then comes back again. Usually your body just sorts itself out without you needing to do anything. If it's something that's been happening for months, then you might like to talk to your local doctor about it
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  • tayber
      Make a comment Posted 08 May, 2016, 10:23
    tayber Hey im turning 13 this year and i just got my period im freaking out my it's hurting down there how can i get rid of that pain please? xx
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    gentle stretching exercises can help to lessen the pain, plus simple analgesics. Talk to mum about what you have at home that's suitable to use, or you could ask at your local chemist. The other thing that helps is heat - things like a heat pack or hot water bottle. Libra make stick on pads that provide heat for a few hours so you can use this sort of thing when you're out
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  • Anonymous user
      2 comments Posted 27 Apr, 2016, 09:26
    Anonymous user How do I tell my female teacher i have my period
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    all teachers, male or female, know that when girls get to a certain age that they might start getting their period. So, there's an understanding that if a girl asked if she could leave the class to go to the toilets, and might need to go to her bag first, then they're not going to cause any problems. You don't need to actually say you have your period, unless you are used to confiding in a particular teacher and feel comfortable doing so
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  • AwesomeUnicorn
      Make a comment Posted 27 Apr, 2016, 09:23
    AwesomeUnicorn Is it normal to be able to feel your period coming out?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, but it depends a bit on how heavy your period is. If you had a really light period, then you might feel a bit damp but not really notice it, no more than you might notice the normal vaginal mucous that you have. But, if you have heavier periods, you might feel 'gushes' when there's a sudden flow of your period. As long as you're using a good quality product, like Libra, then there's no reason for concern, but you might like to check your pad or tampon next time you go to the toilet, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 27 Apr, 2016, 09:20
    Anonymous user Is it normal to get a white discharge ?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    totally, it usually starts off as a yellowish discharge, and then, as you mature and your hormones change, it becomes white or clear. It's controlled by your hormones, but when you're sexually excited, by a thought or a feeling, your naturally produce more mucous. Some girls hardly notice their mucous, others feel quite damp, it's an individual thing and there is no set 'right' amount. Libra makes panty liners in different sizes and absorbancies so you can find the one that's just right for you
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  • Princess Crafty
      Make a comment Posted 27 Apr, 2016, 09:17
    Princess Crafty what if you like a boy how do you tell him withe out getting red cheeks
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the worst thing about red cheeks is that they are soooo out of our control, you can just have a whiff of a thought and your cheeks can go red, so embaressing. So, of course you'll try to keep out of situations where you know this might happen, but if it does, then the key is to just keep talking and act like it hasn't happened, or at least, you're not worried by it. If there's a guy you like, talk to him, like a friend. Don't go out of your way to tell him, or anyone else, how you feel, but talk to him, It doesn't matter what the topic is, the important thing is to talk, to become comfortable in each other's presence, and then you can suss out if he's interested in talking back. If he is, then maybe he's interested in you too.
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