What Is A Period ? - Period Symptoms - Libra Girl
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  • QUESTION What is a period and why do we have them?
  • ANSWER Your period is when the lining (blood) of your uterus drips down your vagina. After you have gone through puberty, each month your body prepares to get pregnant. Your female hormones rise telling your uterus (womb) to thicken its lining with blood to get ready for pregnancy. When you don't get pregnant, the lining comes away and that blood is your period.
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  • QUESTION Will anybody know I have my period?
  • ANSWER Unless you tell them no one will ever know you have your period. If you're worried about people seeing your pad, try Libra girl regular pads. You'll get all the protection of a regular pad without the bulk. Otherwise there's nothing more discreet than Libra tapered design tampons.
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  • QUESTION How old are you when you get your first period?
  • ANSWER Some girls start as early as 9 or 10, others not until they are 15 or 16. The average age for starting menstruation is 12.5 years of age. Your period will come when your body is ready. The age when your period starts is determined by your genes, which you inherited from your parents. Have a chat to mum and any aunts and ask them how old they were when they started their periods and this will give you an idea of when yours might start. Remember you also inherit genes from your dad's side of the family so ask aunties and cousins on that side of the family too.
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  • QUESTION How will I know when to expect my first period?
  • ANSWER It can be a bit upsetting not knowing exactly when your period is going to arrive. Wouldn't it be great if we got a letter in the mail saying that our period would start on March 16th? But we don't. However, our body does give us signs that we are getting ready to start periods. First of all, you grow. You get taller, your hips widen and your breasts start to develop. You grow underarm and pubic hair. The next thing to look for is a whitish mucous discharge from your vagina. This is also a sign that you are getting closer to periods. When you have had this discharge for one to two years your periods will start. When the mucous gets thicker THAT is a good sign. Remember, girls need to have grown to weigh at least 45kg and have a certain percentage of body fat before they start their periods. Underweight girls tend to get their period later.
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  • QUESTION I am 16 and don’t have my period yet. What should I do?
  • ANSWER Every girl develops physically, at a different rate. Some girls start their periods at ten years of age and others do not start until they are sixteen. Many things influence menstruation such as your genetic make-up. Ask you Mum, aunts and other female relatives how old they were when their periods started. This can be a good indication of when you can expect your period. Other questions to ask yourself to give you a better indication are: Have your breasts started to develop? Do you have other signs of physical development such as underarm hair or a clear discharge from your vagina? Remember, your body ticks to its own clock and nothing will rush it. Stress, such as a heavy workload, exams etc can put the brakes on menstruation. Also, excessive dieting can stop the period process. A balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables is really important. Excessive exercise can also stop menstruation. As you can see there are lots of reasons why your periods haven't started the biggest probably being that your body isn't quite ready. If you are worried see your doctor or go to a family planning clinic.
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  • QUESTION I’m so afraid that I’ll get my period for the first time when I’m at school. What can I do?
  • ANSWER If you are worried your period is about to start then wear a Libra Extra Thin liner in your underwear and carry some spare Libra girl regular pads in your bag. Your vaginal mucous can be heavy just before your period starts. Often you can tell if your period has started because around your vagina will feel moist. Each person is different however and only through experience will you really be able to tell when your period has started. Most of us take a dash to the toilet and do a check.
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  • QUESTION What if I get my period and I’m at school without any protection?
  • ANSWER You can always ask a friend if they have a pad or a tampon or go to the school nurse or a teacher. Most schools hold spares, just in case. In the meantime, a folded piece of tissue or toilet paper placed in your underwear will often get you through. If you know you are expecting your period, why not use a Libra Extra Thin liner just to be sure? Remember to have some Libra girl regular pads in your schoolbag just in case. Wearing a liner can be good on days when you think you might get your period.
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  • QUESTION When do I know when my next period is due?
  • ANSWER You need to grab a calendar and start counting. The first day you bleed is called day one and you mark that down and you keep counting until the first day of your next period. The total number of days is your menstrual cycle length. The average is 28 days, BUT the normal range is 21-35 days. Once you start your period, register the date in the period calender, we will send you a reminder e-mail a few days before the approximate date of your period. Remember your period can be irregular for a while. It can take up to three years to get regular. And don't panic if your second period comes 60 days after the first. By keeping track of your periods you will get an idea of your body rhythm and the length of your cycle. Your body will establish its own pattern. By taking note of your periods you will know approximately when your next period is due. You can then wear a Libra Extra Thin liners on these days to avoid staining your underwear.
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  • QUESTION My period has arrived. What do I need to know?
  • ANSWER Congratulations on getting your period :-) Your first period can be light or heavy. I am going to talk about 'average' periods but there is a big range of normal. So you can bleed for anything from 3-7 days. The first day you bleed is called day one and you mark that down and you keep counting until the first day of your next period. The number of days is your menstrual cycle length. The average is 28 days BUT the normal range is 21-35 days. It is hard to tell when your next period will be due...start looking around thirty days but don't panic if it comes at 60. It takes on average one to three years for your body to get into a regular routine. It's not uncommon in your teenage years to have a late or missed period. Many things affect your cycle. Things like stress, family problems, boyfriend problems, exams, illness, diet, medication and even good things like holidays can cause delays. If there is no possibility of you being pregnant then there is nothing to worry about. Your body will establish a routine eventually. What protection should you use....pads or tampons? Well that is personal choice. When you are first staring periods I recommend that you use Libra girl regular pads or Libra Invisible pads. These are fabulous with an anti-leak core that forces the blood down the middle of the pad rather than having it leak out the side...EEUU! These pads are also thin, absorbent, comfortable and discreet. When you have had your first period and have got used to using pads then you might want to think about tampons. Tampons are great for sport or swimming. Libra Applicator tampons have a plastic applicator which make them easier to insert than other tampons they are also compact and discreet. Many women use a combination of pads and tampons depending on their activities.
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  • QUESTION How do I tell my mum that I have my period?
  • ANSWER First periods should be celebrated. Your Mum will be expecting you to start your periods as you are growing up. Often the fear of telling Mum is worse than the reality. Mum will want to know so she can buy you your Libra girl regular pads:-) So find a time when Mum is on her own and say, "Hey, Mum, I've got great news. My period started."
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  • QUESTION Is there any way of getting rid of periods for good? It’s so revolting and such a nuisance.
  • ANSWER Many of today’s contraceptives reduce the flow of blood, so that you will sometimes barely notice you’re having a period. But there’s no way of getting rid of your periods for good.
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  • QUESTION I live with my Dad, how do I tell him I have my period?
  • ANSWER First periods should be celebrated. Your dad will be expecting you to start your periods as you are growing up. Often the fear of telling dad is worse than the reality. He will want to know so he can buy you your Libra girl regular pads. So find a time when dad is on his own and say "Hey, Dad, I've got great news. My period started."
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  • QUESTION Can I was my hair when I have my period?
  • ANSWER You should wash your hair regularly so you will look and feel good. There is no reason not to wash your hair while you are menstruating. Water can't hurt you and it won't stop your flow.
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  • QUESTION Can I have a shower or bath when I have my period?
  • ANSWER YES! In fact your hygiene is super important when you have your period. You need to have a shower or bath or wash twice a day so that your period blood does not cause you any embarrassing odour.
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  • QUESTION Can I go swimming when I have my period?
  • ANSWER YES! But you do need to wear a tampon. Libra Applicator tampons are a great tampon to start with because they have an applicator which make them easier to insert than other tampons they are also compact and discreet.
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