At what age do I get my period?

Although a lot of girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, you could get yours anywhere between 9 and 16. Everyone has her own “biological clock,”and yours is different from anyone else's.

What is a period?

So we hear alot about periods, but what actually is a period.  Check out the video below to see what it's all about...                                                                                                                                                 

At what age can I use tampons instead of pads?

Once you start your period, you can use tampons. There’s no specific age since the time when a girl gets her first period isn’t the same for everyone. Tampons come in different sizes and absorbances (slender or mini to super absorbent). It’s best to use the mini or regular absorbency when first using tampons. It’s also best to use a pad overnight.

How often should I change my tampon?

It is recommended to change your tampon every 4 - 6 hours, or more often if your flow is heavy.

How long should my period last?

Your cycle can be anywhere between 21 days long to 35 days! 

'Day 1 of a cycle is the first day of bleeding, the first day of a period. This bleeding is called menstruation. On average, when periods have become regular, this bleeding lasts for about 5 days

How often should I change my pad?

Change your pad at least every 4–8 hours or whenever it seems full or feels wet and uncomfortable.

There are a good range of pads to cover light to heavy flows.

How do I use a tampon?

Inserting a tampon the first time can be quite frightening.  So here is a great short video to show you how to insert a tampon for the first time...

Can I exercise during my period?

Getting exercise may quite possibly be the best thing you can do during your period to alleviate cramps and bloat. So get out there and exercise away.  Here is a great 15 minute yoga workout specifically designed to help with your period...

Need help tracking your period?

If you need help to track your period, then check out these top 10 period tracking apps...  

Can I swim during my period?

Yes you can swim during your period, and it will help with cramping, just make sure you either use a tampon, or a menstrual cup when swimming, as a pad will not work in water.  And don't worry the rumors about sharks getting you while swimming with your period is not true, so swim away.

What can I use during my period?

Everyone is different and will find they prefer one item over another.  Play around with them and find out which best suits you.

Pads are used to soak up the menstrual flow. Tampons and menstrual cups catch the flow from inside your vagina. Pads, tampons, and menstrual cups can be used at different times. Some also can be used together.

Are Tampons Safe?

Yes tampons are safe, as long as they are used correctly. 

*  Only use tampons when you have your period

* Change tampons every 4 - 6 hours

* Use the lowest absorbency that you need

* Wear a pad at night 

* Be aware of your body and if you have any issues consult your doctor.  

What is a Menstrual Cup?

A menstrual cup is a type of reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.

Can a Tampon get lost?

A tampon cannot get lost in the abdomen. The cervix is at the end of the vagina and only has a tiny opening to allow blood or semen through. Damage cannot be caused to the vagina or cervix by using a tampon. The main concern with a retained tampon is an infection or toxic shock syndrome (TSS), but this is very rare.

If you find your tampon is stuck, then take a deep breath, try and relax and try again.  

All about Endometriosis,,,

Want to know what Endometriosis is and what the symptoms are, then what better place to go to than Endometriosis NZ, click on the logo below to find out all about this crippling disease...


Here is a cool little video about girls and puberty check it out...


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