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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
      3 comments Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:45
    Anonymous user When do you get your periods ?? Need to know
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you can get your period any time from age 11 to 15, but on average girls get them at about age 12. Signs that your body is getting ready for a period are changes like your breasts growing, pubic and underarm hair, and vaginal mucous. The mucous starts off a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. When you've had this discharge for a couple of years, your period usually starts
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:43
    Anonymous user I've never used a tampon cause I read about TSS on a box once and it scared me off them. I just want to know how serious it is, and how safe it is to use tampons, and how long is too long, in there?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    there is more information in detail on this site about TSS and also on the written information sheet inside boxes of Libra tampons, plus you can always look up on the internet about TSS, but here are the basics.
    TSS is a very rare but serious disease when bacteria are introduced and you become very sick, very quickly. But it is very rare. To lessen the chances of TSS there are basic things to do. You only use good quality tampons, this means that they'll have been produced in an environment to minimise any risk of contamination. You only use tampons whose packaging is undamaged, so if you fish a tampon out of your handbag, and the wrapper is broken, you don't use it. You wash your hands before and after inserting the tampon so that any dirt/germs that might be on your fingers isn't introduced by the tampon, and you minimise the amount you touch the tampon once it's unwrapped, again to stop germs getting onto it. And you leave a tampon in for 4-6 hours, then remove it and apply a fresh one.
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  • Katinaxx
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:35
    Katinaxx I have polycystic ovaries and I'm on the pill. My boyfriend and I had sex on Sunday and didn't use protection and now I'm a bit worried about what's going to happen to me!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you're on the pill and you're taking it regularly and haven't been unwell with vomiting or diarrhoea (cause these may get rid of the pill before it's absorbed by your body) then you shouldn't get pregnant. But I would suggest using condoms, that way you're protected from sexually transmitted diseases plus both of you are being responsible for no accidents occuring
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:33
    Anonymous user Hi libragirl nurse I have had my period since May this year, and up until this time it has been every 6 weeks or so but now it is the 53 day (7 weeks and a bit). I have a camp coming up for 7 days, where we are going rafting and I don't want it to come then. Is there any reason why it has been so long and make it come before my camp! Plz help!!! Thanks :/
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    in the first couple of years it's really common for your period to be irregular at times, and sometimes it can be irregular for no reason at all. Other things that may affect your period are ill health and stress. Now you just have to make sure that you're prepared in case your period comes when you're away. You just need to take lots of supplies, and perhaps some small bags to put your used products into if you're worried about where to put them into the rubbish. For kayaking, you'll probably be wearing shorts etc, so that's no drama, just change your pad or tampon when you have a break
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  • Anonymous1234567
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:25
    Anonymous1234567 Hi I'm 13 and I have had my period for 6 months and my recent one hasn't started yet and was supposed to start 5 days ago and I am going on holidays this week and wanted them to start. I have been stressing all week and I have read that stress causes a missed period. Is this true? Will it happen to me? Or when will it come?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, stress is a reason for your period to not come, or at least, to be delayed, and there's nothing you can do about. You just have to wait and see what happens, which of course when you're on holidays is a bummer. Just make sure 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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  • Effie070901
      1 comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:24
    Effie070901 Hi, I'm 13 and have been getting mucous discharge for 1 and a half yrs roughly. Does that mean I'll get my periods soon? I also have hair under my arms and I shave them because I play tennis and wear singlet tops so when you serve in practise people can see them. Thanks for the advice.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it does sound like your body is getting ready. When the pubic hair has thickened up and gone all the way through to the back, that's a really good sign. Plus the vaginal mucous changing from a yellowish colour to a clear or white colour. 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. No one can tell you exactly when your period will come, you can only look for the signs and make sure that you're prepared
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:21
    Anonymous user Hello! I was wondering if there is something wrong wih my period!!! It used to be regular. Then a few months ago it stopped for like a few months. Then one day a few months ago it happened for a day, then stopped. A few weeks later, it happened for a week. Then after that, I haven't had my period. I am not sexually active.
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your period comes in response to changes in your hormones, so if it's now irregular, then your hormone levels have changed. This can happen for many reasons, like stress, changes in diet, ill health, weight loss, or, most common, for no reason at all. The best idea is to just see if you can think of a cause, and to give your body time to sort itself out. Usually it fixes itself
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:19
    Anonymous user I have a hockey tournament coming up and Im scared Im going to get my period then what do I do?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you look for signs of your period coming, like pubic and underarm hair, your breasts growing, and vaginal mucous. If you think that things are getting closer, then you just make sure that you're prepared. This means using your Libra liners every day for protection, and keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. For your match, you just wear the liner in a good fitting pair of undies so that the pad can't move around as you're playing
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:17
    Anonymous user I'm 13 and I have every single sign of getting my period! I have had all the signs for about 3-5 months now. Should I go see a doctor or just wait? Please help!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you just make sure that you're prepared, and wait. A doctor won't do anything differently, cause you can't make your body have a period. As frustrating as it is, you just have to wait
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  • Effie070901
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:16
    Effie070901 I have been getting mucus and all the other things you get near your first period so does that mean I should be getting my period soon? Should I tell my mum about the mucus?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you've been getting the mucous and you feel that you're closer to getting your period, then yes, I'd tell mum about it so that the two of you can make sure that you're prepared. That means using your Libra liners and putting a spare Libra pad into your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:15
    Anonymous user Hi I'm just are unsure of when you first your periods ? My mum said when you wake up and my teacher said in the day Just want to check with you ?!��
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your period can come at any time. If it came overnight, you wouldn't realise until you woke up and went to the toilet. That's why it's a good idea to look for the signs, and to use a Libra liner, to protect your undies just in case, and to keep a spare Libra pad in your bag just in case
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  • prettygirls100
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:13
    prettygirls100 Hi, I am 11 and my period started in June in 2014. I am always scared when it is about to happen and when it did happen at school one day i just didn't know what to do. So what do I does if it happens at school?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the answer is to be prepared. So, this means using your Libra liners every day, just in case, and by keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. That way, if your period starts at school, you're ready. Libra pads come individually wrapped, so you can easily put one in your pocket on the way to the toilets, or if you don't have a pocket, into your bra, or even the top of your sock. No one will know cause no one is realy looking. By keeping spare Libra pads in your bag or locker, it also means that if a girlfriend finds herself without supplies, then you can help her too. When you first start with your period, it all seems hard, but it soon changes and becomes really common place, plus as you mature, all your girlfriends will have their periods too, so you wont' feel like the odd one out
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  • Yoga500
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:09
    Yoga500 Hi, I'm 13 and today I noticed that I had clear stretchy discharge. I googled what it is a sign of and it said you get it when you are ovulating or a few days before you start.But I haven't got my period so what does it mean? I have hair down there, breasts and underarm hair. Thanks xx
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your body ovulates (releases eggs) before you get your period. It's when the eggs don't get fertilised by a male's sperm that you get your period. Your body has been getting ready for a fertilised egg to implant into your uterus, when this doesn't happen, the lining comes away, you see it as period blood, and then the cycle starts again. Using Libra liners will 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 25 Sep, 2014, 08:07
    Anonymous user 6 days ago I got my first period, and on the 3rd morning when I woke up I had no blood in my undies. Later on that day I still had none, from what I have read you're period is meant to last 5-7 days is that correct? I also thought that my period is not regular yet so that's why it only lasted two days. I don't know so is that normal?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if your period only lasted 2 days, then it just means that it was a light period, which is really common especially when you first start. Your period can come for a couple of days, stop and then come back a day later. This is because the lining that is comming away does it unevenly, so you see different amounts coming away. So using a panty liner immediately after your period is a good idea, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 08:05
    Anonymous user Ok, I feel really awkward writing this so bear with me. I first started my period about a year ago. I was out and as soon as I got home I went to where my mum keeps her pads and took a couple without her even knowing I had my period. A month later I finally worked up the courage to tell her I'd gotten my period the month before I begged her not to tell my dad and she agreed. I was really embarrassed about buying pads because I was scared someone from my school would see me and tell everybody I was 11 at the time and I thought that was too early to get my period which just added to my awkwardness. I got a 14 pack of regular pads and my period used to be really light so I used to get by (I know this sounds disgusting) on one pad per month. That went okay for the first few months then a few months later mum was writing stuff to put on the shopping list and she asked me if I needed anything and I said no and that if I ever needed anything I'd ask her. I've never said anything because the topic of periods embarrassed me, and as I said before, it's been about a year since I've tolled her. I'm less embarrassed about my period now because I know there's nothing to be ashamed of and I want to tell her that I need more pads. The thing is though that it's been a year since I last mentioned my period and I don't know how to bring it up and I'm scared she's going to ask awkward questions or something. I want to have a healthy mother daughter relationship with my mum but partly because of this I feel really awkward. So yeah, getting to the point, can you please tell me a way to explain to my mum that I want more pads without feeling awkward, or possibly saying it in a way that won't make her ask questions like WHY I didn't tell her or anything like that, pretty much not having her ask any questions at all just going ahead and saying "Ok, I'll put some on the shopping list." Oh and I also want to tell her that it's fine if my dad knows about my period but making him think that I just got it recently not a year ago. Oh yeah, and I also want to get my mum to wash my clothes and undies that have period blood on them from when I leaked or wasn't prepared. Ok, I'm done now, please please please help me!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    your mum sounds like she's more than happy to get your period supplies for you, you just have to ask. So find a private moment and just say something like, next time you're shopping can you please get me some more Libra pads.. It's that easy. Or you could show her a libra add from a magazine, or show her the pads from this website so she'll know which ones you like. As for telling your dad, why not get the shopping thing over and done with first.
    As for washing your undies etc, it's easier to get blood out of things if it hasn't dried, so this means soaking in cold water anything that has blood on it, and even better, putting some stain removal product on it too, and then leave it to soak in a bucket. If you start the process off, then you can ask mum if she'll put it in with the next wash. Having your period shows you that your body is maturing, and yes, it's a lot to take in, but it's a normal part of life, not something to be worried, stressed or embaressed about. So it also means that you have to practice the part of being a more mature woman too, you'll be fine
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  • Justanime
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 07:58
    Justanime i havent had my period yet but im getting pains all over and im scared to get it in class cause what if i look down and see a puddle of blood and the boys spot it and tease me its really scary and sometimes i think i am having it but im not i am really embarrassed how can i stop feeling like this?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    pains are not really a sign of your body getting ready for a period - signs of your body getting ready are your breasts growing, pubic and underarm hair, and vaginal mucous. When the mucous goes from a yellowy colour to a clear or white mucous, then that's a really good sign. You can use your Libra liners to protect your undies, and to stop accidents in case your period comes when you're not expecting it, and to keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. Pains all over, if they happen all the time or get worse, are something that you should tell your mum about and perhaps get checked by your doctor
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 07:55
    Anonymous user Hi Libra Girl Nurse, I was wondering if you could tell me when I will get my period? I'm 10 turning 11 in early December.Im in grade five but have been getting on and off discharge in grade 3.Then since the Summer holidays going into grade 4 I got discharge every single day.Ive got big boobs for my age and am a AA10 in padded bras.In the Summer holidays of grade 4 going into grade 5 I saw like 6 or 7 small spots of pink blood in my undies but then no more the next day. From that day onwards I occasionally get spots if pink blood but just until recently I've been seeing little spots or small smudges of pink blood when I wiped and once a red spot of blood.Is that normal and I got dish charge for a year before breast development?Thankyou and I'm Australian .
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no one can give you an exact time for when your period will start, it's just as you've said, you look for the signs. Another good sign is when the pubic hair thickens and goes all the way through to the back. Now it's just a case of being prepared, 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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  • hellokity123
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 07:53
    hellokity123 hi my underwear is always wet and sometimes it looks like jelly but its not discharge please help mwaa you guys rock
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    this is actually discharge, especially when you describe it as being sometimes like jelly. Your mucous can be thick and white or clear and runny, or even like jelly, but it's all normal. Use your Libra liners every day to keep yourself feeling fresh and dry
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  • iamthebest139
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 07:52
    iamthebest139 Ok I am 11 and my period has not came yet but I can tell it will come soon. I'm really scared about how I should tell my mum that it has came when the time comes as (even though I'm really close to her) I don't like talking to people about my personal things because I get shy. Are their any ways to tell your mum that your periods arrived without talking to her directly? Thank you! :-)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the best thing to remember is that your mum is expecting your period to arrive, so she won't be surprised with the news. When it does happen, find a quiet private moment to tell her, and also let her know that you don't really want to talk about it all - she'll respect that, cause she does know you, so don't stress, it'll be fine
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  • Theredgoat
      Make a comment Posted 25 Sep, 2014, 07:50
    Theredgoat I am using non applicator tampons and I am not sure how far to shove it in Advice
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    just gently ease the tampon into your vagina with the tip of your finger until it naturally stops going up further. You'll work out with practice the right angle and depth to insert it. You can't put a tampon in too far as your vagina stops at the entrance to your uterus. If you push it up too high it might feel uncomfortable, so you'll know to change it, if it feels like it's going to fall out, then you haven't put it in far enough. It's basically a bit of trial and error
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