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Support Planned Parenthood with Married To The Mob’s T-shirt

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Planned Parenthood is an organization near and dear to my heart. As a teenager (yes I was sexually active!), I got all my birth control and check ups there. I wasn’t able to talk about sex with my parents, and having PP as an option made me feel supported and safe. PP provides women’s healthcare to many who can’t afford it. Besides providing sex education, PP provides low cost services to women including birth control, breast cancer screening, std testing, and abortions. Women’s health and reproductive rights should not be a political issue, but a personal one. Roe Vs Wade is in danger, and that is extremely disturbing. Every woman is entitled to a safe and legal abortion if she chooses. I am showing my support for women’s equality and PP with this tee-shirts. All proceeds will go directly to WWW.MTTMNYC.COM #IStandWithPP#NoRoeNoGo #WomensHealth

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The Little Red Kit – a first period kit for young girls

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This Spring, The Period Blog is excited to launch our first period kit for young girls: The Little Red Kit.

Girls today can get their first period as early as 8 or 9 years old and we’ve learned that young girls are very eager to learn about their bodies. That’s why we spent over a year creating The Little Red Kit.

The Little Red kit is age appropriate for girls as young as 8 years old and it is both fun and easy to understand.

The Little Red Kit comes with:

  • My First Period Book – a 32 page full colour illustrated guide with easy to understand information
  • Carrying Case: Choose our cute logo or flip it inside out for a discreet black colour
  • Resources for parents to support your daughter’s growth
  • Pads & pantyliners

We can’t wait for you to take home your Little Red Kit!

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TOM Oxygen Releasing Pads Preview with Photos

Anti-Microbial, Anti-Odor, Anti-Humidity

TOM TO2M Pads
Recently the sister brother duo of TOM Pads (it stands for The Oxygen Movement) sent me some of their pads to try out. These pads are unlike any other pads on the market today.

TOM pads release oxygen making them super comfortable for women living in humid climates. The patented technology was created by Frank and Nancy Tsaur after Nancy complained about how the humidity affected her period.

So how does it work?
The TOM pad releases oxygen once your period comes in contact with the pad. Once activated, it can produce up to 50 mL of pure oxygen. And while I am not sure just how much oxygen that is, I’m going to assume it’s enough to keep you feeling less sweaty down there.

The oxygen also puts the breaks on odor-causing bacteria on your pad and on your skin.

Aside from being thin, flexible, and absorbent, TOM pads are also guaranteed to keep you more fresh and comfortable during that time of the month.

Initial Thoughts
TOM pads sent me 2 boxes – their regular pads and night time pads. They came packaged in a very cute cardboard box but I was disappointed to see each box only had 8-10 pads! Typically a box of pads is meant to last you one full period so they are sold in boxes of 16 pads or more. You would need to purchase at least 2 boxes for 1 period.

The night time pads are very long and have a wider back which is common for Asian pads and has recently become popular in North America. If these pads live up to their claims then I think these pads would be perfect for the hot summer nights when you have a heavy flow.

I’m planning to try these pads on my next period (it’s coming up very soon!). I can’t wait to share my review with all of you.

TOM TO2M Pads

TOM TO2M Pads dimensions

TOM pads

TOM TO2M Pads founders Frank Tsaur, Nancy Tsaur

TOM Pads founders Nancy and Frank Tsaur

Check out their successful Indiegogo campaign here: TOM Pads on Indiegogo

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#PeriodMail: Why is my period 3 days late?

Welcome to #PeriodMail where we answer your personal period questions!

Got a period question you want to ask anonymously? Submit your question by filling out this form.

Lexi asks: “My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can’t tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more.”
Lexi asks: "My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can't tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more."

Lexi asks: “My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can’t tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more.”

The Period Blog answers:

Hi Lexi,

Great question! Nearly all girls will experience a late period at least once so this is a very common question.

Our menstrual cycle is driven by hormones that tell our body what to do like to ovulate or to start your period. Since our menstrual cycle is regulated automatically by our bodies, this process is virtually invisible to us. To make things harder, our uterus and vagina are inside our bodies so when it comes to questions like what’s happening with my period – sometimes it is a guessing game!

Thankfully, we have clues that can give us a better idea of what’s happening inside our bodies like why your period could be late.

You’ve listed several reasons why your period could be late and since you have ruled out pregnancy and physical stress, you may want to consider mental stress as a possible reason why your period is late.

Like physical stress, mental stress can delay your period as well. When your body detects that you are going through a period of stress, your body thinks that you are not well enough to bear a child and become pregnant. So to protect you, your body can delay ovulation until a later time when you are more healthy and less stressed out. This later time can be weeks or months later or even 3 days later.

Mental stress can include emotional stress or other mental stress like when you are stressed out about exams.

There could be many reasons as to why your period was late and this is just one possible reason.

It’s hard to say whether your late period will affect how heavy your period is. There is no general guideline or rule that saids your period will be heavier or lighter if it is late.

I hope that helps Lexi! Good job keeping track of your period!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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#PeriodMail: I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?

Welcome to #PeriodMail where we answer your most commonly asked period questions (previously known as Thursday Mail).

Got a period question you want to ask anonymously? Submit your question by filling out this form.

Isabel asks: “My mom and sister got their period at age 11 but I haven’t gotten mine test and I’m thirteen. Is there something wrong with me?”
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Isabel asks “I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?” #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hey Isabel,

Good question Isabel! You may have already noticed that the girls in your grade have already started puberty at different times with some girls growing faster than others.

Some girls started growing taller while some girls have not grown very much. Some girls may have already started developing breasts while some will start developing breasts in their late teens. The fact is – your body will start developing when it is ready.

This is the same for periods. Some girls get their first period as early as 8 and some girls get their first period as late as 16 or 17. And whether you get it at 8 or 16 – it is all normal :)!

While the age your mom and sister got their periods may give you a general idea of when you may get yours, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get it when you turn 11.

A better indicator of when you expect your first period is:
  • Around 2 years after your breasts start to develop
  • Around 6 months to 1 year after you start noticing vaginal discharge

I hope this helps Isabel! Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Periods and FAQ to learn more!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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#PeriodMail: I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal?

Welcome to #PeriodMail where we answer your personal period questions!

Got a period question you want to ask anonymously? Submit your question by filling out this form.

Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.)
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Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.) #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hi Ceilia,

Good question! You’re right, it is very hard to find information on on how much vaginal discharge is actually normal which is why I plan to make more information about vaginal discharge available to young girls.

You may have noticed that your vaginal discharge changes in both colour and texture depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.

For example, when you are about 2 weeks away from your period, you may have noticed that your vaginal discharge is jelly-like or watery. Sometimes you can feel the watery discharge come out much like when you can feel your period. Vaginal discharge can even make your panties feel wet.

Pantyliners can be worn to absorb vaginal discharge so you can feel more fresh. Like pads, they come in different absorbencies from light to heavy – just like the kind you mentioned.

So is it normal to have so much vaginal discharge that you need to wear a heavy absorbency pantyliner? The answer is yes! It’s one of the reasons many women choose to wear heavy absorbency panty liners.

If your vaginal discharge very heavy and it concerns you, I would suggest you see your doctor so s/he can check it out. Most likely, it will be okay and considered normal but it never hurts to ask your doctor too as every case is different.

However if you notice anything off about your discharge when it comes to the color, texture, or even smell – you should see your doctor. It could be a sign of infection and can usually be treated easily.

I hope that helps Ceilia!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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Worst Period Story: I should have changed my tampon!

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During 6th period, I begin to feel some blood on my pants. But I thought I was probably imagining it, and just went on.

Jena writes:

I had always used pads and hated them. So, I decided to use tampons. I wore a tampon to school and everything was fine for the first half of the day. During lunch, I had to go change my tampon. For some reason, I decided to not do it.

So, during 6th period, I begin to feel some blood on my pants. But I thought I was probably imagining it, and just went on.

As 6th period ended, I realized my period was actually leaking. Thank god I wore black jeans!

I tied a jacket around my waist, just in case. When I got to 7th period, I looked in my bag for a tampon or pad. I thought I had something, but NO! I didn’t have anything with me. I went to the bathroom to check and of course, there was blood all over my underwear. I did not know what to do.

I had P.E. next, and it just happened to be the day where I was going to be sprinting. I told a teacher and went to the office, so I could get a pad. But when I got there, a random guy was standing there talking to the lady. I didn’t want to ask her for a pad in front of the guy, so I just asked her if I could call my mom. I called my mom and got her to pick me up. I was probably the happiest person ever when she showed up.

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Worst Period Story: Be careful what you wish for!

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Worst Period Story submitted by Kristina

Kristina writes:

I got my first period last year and within a few cycles, I regretted saying “Ugh. I wish it was heavier than this. This isn’t even a period!”

I was the girl that was really wanting hers and researching EVERYTHING.

Well, the day started off with me waking up and starting. I figured… Welp… Probably just another small one once again. NO.

Never have I been so shocked at how much blood I was losing!

I went through heavy pads within an hour and I was only 12! Talk about being paranoid.

I even leaked through my pants a bit and on the sheets.

Luckily, I have been somewhat regular and haven’t had a heavy period like that again!

So girls, remember I was just like you – wanting it so bad till I realized what it was actually like!

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My First Period Story: I thought I broke my butt!

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Upbeat Teen’s first period story

Upbeat Teen writes:

I was playing outside with my best guy friend’s little brother (and btw I had a major crush on my best guy friend).

I thought it would be cool to build a type rope to walk across so we found this long piece of rope and tied it to the two trees in my front yard.

I got at least half way across when I suddenly hit the splits and fell over! I told my best guy friends brother that I thought I broke my butt! LOL

I ran in the house and went to the bathroom to see if my butt was split in half and I saw blood so I called my mom.

She said it was just my period. I was like no mom I’m pretty sure I broke my butt! And I even told her what happened.

Any way try thats the story of how I got my first period!

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My Period Diary: I got my period in Tokyo!

I got my period on vacation!
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Recently I took a 1 week trip to the amazing city of Tokyo. I had been planning this trip for a longggg time and it was really tough getting the vacation days I wanted so I didn’t plan this trip around my period by any means.

When I was packing, I thought to myself… well I just got my period two weeks ago so I’m not due yet.. but JUST IN CASE I’ll pack some supplies. So I just threw the ziplock of pads and tampons I had packed from my last trip in my luggage.

In the middle of the week I could feel that something was happening in my uterus.. it was cramping a bit and my boobs were so big! These are all my tell tale signs that my period is coming very soon which was ODD because I wasn’t due yet!!

I really didn’t want to get my period on vacation because we were walking around a lot and I hate trying to find a toilet and constantly checking to see if I’m leaking.

The next day, I had spotted quite a lot so I thought for sure that my period was coming early so I changed from a liner to a pad.

And OF COURSE, the day I put on an Always Infinity pad and walk all around Tokyo, there is not a drop of blood. -___-

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At the very end of my trip, I got my period on the flight home which is about exactly 3 weeks since my last period. Thankfully I still had some supplies to use on the last leg of my trip!

Check out my photos from Japan:
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Can you spot the Always Infinity?

Can you spot the Always Infinity?

See more here:
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 2/2

P.S. JAPAN IS AMAZING AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN!!!

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