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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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  • Music4life321
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 11:07
    Music4life321 Hi Libra Girl Nurse, I'm 11 turning 12 and I've been having discharge for about 3 months now. Because I get it often, sometimes heavy, sometimes light, is there something I should wear for it? Is it like a warning sign? What is there that I need to know and do about my discharge? Thanks -Music4life321
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    Libra panty liners are designed for this sort of discharge. There are lots of different styles around, have a look at the product tab so see some of them. So you're sure to find one that suits your needs. Pantyliners are good too when you're thinking that your period might start, cause it means that you're protected. So use a libra liner every day and keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. Lots of girls can have this discharge for up to two years before their period starts, but it's best to be organised
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 11:05
    Anonymous user Hello! I've just received my period and I am only 12. Am I too young to use a tampon? I am only using pads but what if I don't have any more pads and I need to use a tampon? Will panty liners work instead of tampons?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if youre comfortable using pads, and you've only just started your period, then you're probably best to continue using pads until you feel more confident with the whole period thing. Panty liners are designed more for vaginal mucous, but if you had a very light period, then a liner might be enough for your loss. You're going to need pads for your next period, so maybe it's best to just talk to mum about getting some supplies in.
    As for using tampons, that's totally a personal choice thing. There's no reason why you can't use tampons as soon as you have your period, but most girls start off with pads cause they're easy to use, and you can see what sort of flow you have so that you can change your pad as necessary
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 11:01
    Anonymous user I think I got my period but i am not sure because it tastes for 4 days and it looked really brown smear every time I went to the toilet and I thought period blood was red?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    blood starts off a red colour, and then, as it comes into contact with the air, it changes from a red colour to a darker brown or even black colour. So what you're seeing is a light flow that has had time to change colour, which is totally normal
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  • Emma5678
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 11:00
    Emma5678 Hi, Im getting stomach cramps for weeks and my mum says its my period but its been so long. Is this a bad sign?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    when your body is first getting organised for a period, it can take some time for it to all come together, so what you're feeling might be a part of this. Signs that your body is getting ready for a period are things like pubic and underarm hair, especially when the pubic hair grows all the way through to the back. The other important sign is vaginal mucous. This starts off as a yellowish colour and then changes to a clear or white colour. When this happens it 's a good idea to use your Libra liners every day to keep you fresh and dry, and to put a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case. Stomach cramps can be caused by things other than your period, so if they're getting worse, or not going away at all and your period doesn't come, then it might be an idea to talk to mum about seeing your doctor
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  • owall20
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:57
    owall20 Hi, lately I have gotten very bad cramps and need to know what pills are good for them. I need to know the names thats all also please tell me Australian brands. Thanks so much!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    sorry but I'm not allowed to use brand names of medications. If you have some pain, then you need to talk to mum and either see your doctor or go to your local chemist and talk to the pharmacist who would be able to help you, and who would also know which brands were australian made
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:56
    Anonymous user I'm 13, and I still haven't got my period. I have had breasts for 2.5 years and I have underarm hair and pubic hair, and I've had discharge for 1.5 years. People often say that discharge is a big sign you are about to get your period, but I've had it for ages. Why haven't I got my period yet?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you've got all the signs, then it shows that your body is doing all the right things, and now it's just a case of waiting, and being prepared. So that means 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 start, we can only go by the signs
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:54
    Anonymous user Hi, I have recently had my growing up education and I am really curious about something. I'm wondering, the white discharge, I've had it for a while, since about March, I was wondering if its a warning sign for your Period? Or if there is anything I need to wear for it? Please let me know! Thanks!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    a positive sign that your body is getting ready for a period is vaginal mucous. It starts off as a yellowish loss, and then changes to a clear or white colour. You can have this discharge for up to two years before your period starts. So, if you have this loss, then that's a really positive sign so perhaps you could think about using your Libra panty liners every day to keep you feeling fresh and dry, but to also protect your undies in case your period starts. Keeping a spare Libra pad in your bag is a good idea too, just so that you know that you're prepared
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:52
    Anonymous user Hi Libra Nurse, I've been just surfing the internet and looking at what I should wear when I get my period. So I've been thinking that tampons are best... but I haven't had my period yet so I'm not too sure about that. I also do a lot of dancing and stuff so I need something quite discreet as well and I think wearing a pad will form a bulge under my leotard...? cos my dancing gear is quite tight. The thing is a lot of the articles online go against tampons because they might have chemicals and aren't good for teens and also they leak...? Also I'm 13 if that helps thanks :)
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most girls start off using pads when they first get their period. That's cause they're easy to use, and you can see what sort of flow you have, how often you need to change etc. Later they might use a combination of both pads and tampons. What you use is basically up to you. There is no reason why you can't use tampons as soon as your period starts, it's just personal choice. There are no dangers to using good quality tampons as long as you follow the instructions. Tampons made by companies like Libra do NOT have chemicals that can leach out, they don't leak if they're used and change properly and they don't harm any woman, including teenagers. Libra pads are quite thin, but absorbent. This is because of the type of material that is used - it's super absorbent so it pulls the wetness away from you into the base layer. So they won't form bulkiness in your undies - no one wants this whether you're a dancer or not. Have a look at the product part of the site so that you can see all the different styles available, then maybe you could ask amongst your girlfriends and find out what they find fits them best
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  • patience-otoo
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:46
    patience-otoo So I started my period quiet a while back and I'm 11 now so my mum knows and all but I want to start using tampons but I don't know how to tell her. Some help plz. Xx
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    you could show her on the site what product you'd like, and then give her the reasons for why you'd like to change from a pad to a tampon. Most girls use a combination. If your mum uses tampons, then it's usually much easier, but if she doesn't, just explain why you'd like to change, I'm sure it won't be a drama
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  • Eve_watson
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:44
    Eve_watson I got my period this morning, but I'm in a musical for two more nights and can't drop out! I wear white skintight leggings for half the musical than a white leotard for the rest. I am constantly dancing. What are some tips?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    using good quality products, like Libragirl, is the best thing that you can do. Perhaps go for the pads with wings so that you know that your pad is secure, and of course, a good fitting pair of undies to hold the pad in place. Take lots of supplies with you so that you can change as often as necessary, and check your pad a bit more frequently than you usually would - you'll be fine
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  • kookykookiez
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:42
    kookykookiez HELP PLEASE!! I was lying down in bed and I felt wetness in my undies and I went to the toilet and wipped my vagina and saw brown with some red in it I don't know whether this is my period or not because I know blood can turn brown when it dries but why is there red?? I really need to know i'm scared
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    blood starts off a red colour, and then, as it comes into contact with the air, it changes to a brown, or even black colour. So what you're seeing is totally normal. It might be a first period, you'll just have to wait and see. Use either your Libra pad, or if it's still light, then a Libra panty liner. When you go out, to school etc, make sure you take some spares with you, just in case
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  • Jessieslat
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:40
    Jessieslat Hey so I'm going to one of my besties birthday party and of course of all days my periods arrived!! My period cycles statued about a year and a half ago so I'm comfortable using pads and things but am yet to try a tampon. I'm not keen on telling people so the only people that know are my mum and one of my other best friends. I'm wearing white shorts and am really worried that my pad is not going to be enough ... HELP ASAP PLEASE !!
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you're using a good quality product like Libra, then your pad will work. Just perhaps check it a bit more frequently than you would usually and change it when ever you think. Remember that the Libra pad pulls the moisture away so that it sits in the base of the pad, away from you. Maybe even wear a pad that's for a higher loss than you usually have so that you know that you'll be extra covered, and make sure you take spares, just in case. It really won't be a drama
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:38
    Anonymous user Okay so I am almost 16 and I still havnt gotten my period and I am scared I never will if I don't I will freak cause that will make me really sad like I have had all the symptoms of about to be getting your period and stuff for the past 2 years but it has never came! What do I do I have talked to my mum about it and she says its okay but everyone by now has started except me
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if your body has shown the signs of maturing - pubic and underarm hair, your breasts growing and vaginal mucous, then although it's frustrating waiting, your body is doing all the right things and you just have to still give it time. All these changes that you see, all these symptoms, can't happen without the right hormones being there, so the fact that these things have happened means that the right hormones are there, but your body is working at its own pace. 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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  • Bernancy
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:36
    Bernancy How long will you live with your period?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    most women have their periods until they're in their 50's
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  • KisForKayley
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:35
    KisForKayley When will I get my period? I have ALL the signs and I started puberty at the age of 8-9. What is the normal age?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    the average age is about 11 or 12, but you could ask your mum what age she was when she first got her period. For some girls, they get the signs over a few years before their period starts, for others, it all happens really quickly. So, if you feel that you have all the signs, then now it's just a case of waiting. No one can give you the exact time for when your period will start. 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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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:33
    Anonymous user Hi I am getting pain like a sharp pain under my abdimon and yesterday I had spotting is it period cramps or what plz help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!������������������
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    if you've had spotting then it might be the beginnings of your period - if it is, you will continue to have a loss. If the loss stops, then it means it was like a practice go for your body. Make sure that you're using your Libra panty liners to protect yourself, and to keep a spare Libra pad in your bag, just in case
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  • Anonymous user
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:31
    Anonymous user Hi libra girl nurse, I'm really need some help! I went to the doctor about a month ago with thrush relating symptoms, I had redness,soreness and itchiness around the vagina. The doctor said that it sounded like thrush and since I'm quite self conscious around that area she said she would give me a tablet to get rid of it and if it didn't go away then go back, as I was quite sick and had to go back to the doctor about two weeks later and the doctor asked how it was going and I said it still hadn't gone away so she gave me some cream to insert, I've used that and it still hasn't gone away! What is happening, is this normal? The discharge is really bad and is a yellow colour. I don't want to go back for her to look though as I'm very self conscious about down there please help me
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    it's normal for a doctor to think that you might have thrush with these symptoms, but if it's not getting better, then maybe it's a different type of infection, but until the doctor can tell what it is, she can't prescribe the right medication. So, you really need to go back to the doctor and get it checked out. We're only talking a couple of minutes of feeling embaressed, and then you'll have a solution. I'm assuming that you've used the cream correctly, that you haven't been scartching  or irritating the area, so if it was thrush then it should be better. So, make the appointment, and also talk to mum about going to the chemist or health food shop and getting some acidophilus tablets (they're kept in the fridge) as these will help to get your system back in order - they're the 'good' bacteria
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  • mia_new
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:27
    mia_new dose anyone know any good pads
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    go to the 'products' part of the site and see all the different styles of pads available
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  • Sohpee
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:26
    Sohpee Hi, I hear that we get our first period around the same age as our mum. My mum, and my mums mum, both got their first period at around 11. I am 12 and I haven't had my first period yet. Is this normal?
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    yes, totally, cause don't forget that you might take after the women on your dad's side of your family. Age 12 is still normal. Look for the signs that your body is getting ready, like pubic and underarm hair, your breasts growing, and vaginal mucous, which starts off as a yellowish discharge and then changes to a clear or white colour. When your period is closer to coming, the pubic hair will thicken up and grow all the way through to the back
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  • maisie3678
      Make a comment Posted 30 Jun, 2015, 10:24
    maisie3678 does a tampon hurt when you take it out
  • Libra Girl Nurse
    LIBRA GIRL NURSE
    no, the tampon should just slide out as you bear down a bit with your muscles. But, if you're using a tampon that's designed for a heavier loss, or you take it out too early, then the tampon hasn't had a chance to absorb enough fluid so it's still a bit 'dry' so it might stick a bit as you remove it, and this is uncomfortable. So, match your tampon to your flow, leave it in for 3-4 hours, and don't practice using tampons when you don't have your period
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