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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).

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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!

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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.)
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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: Sleepover Nightmare!

Reader submission

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No not today!

Anonymous Reader writes:

This worst period story is about my SLEEPOVER NIGHTMARE!

It was my best friends birthday, she was having a sleepover at her house. They wanted to go swimming and me being on my period refused.

I didn’t want to tell them the truth because none of them have gotten it yet. I told them I forgot my bathing suit and well my sister did too.

We went to the mall and her grandpa offered to buy me and my sister a bathing suit. My sister got a bathing suit and when we got back they tried to push me in the pool (swim suit or not).

After an hour of fighting them off we decided to watch a movie and set up our beds.

I was sleeping on an air mattress, her grandpa gave me WHITE sheets and a WHITE blanket.

I didn’t think the blood would soak through my pad but it did.. When I woke up I felt it, the damp spots on my shorts.

Everyone was still sleeping so I tried to clean myself up. I changed and put on a new pad, put toilet paper on my panties too because they were still wet >.> (I should’ve brought an extra pair of panties).

Everyone woke up and her grandpa came to grab the blankets and sheets. I put the sheet in a ball and handed it to him to wash.

I’m not sure if her grandpa found out or seen the stain but I left right after that. I told no one.

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Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 2/2

Tokyo, Japan

In September, I took a short trip to Tokyo, Japan to explore the incredible city. I went to some of their most popular drug stores to see their period aisles.

Pads seemed to be the more popular option in Japan. I didn’t see many tampons but later on in my trip, I found a few boxes on a bottom shelf.

Here is part 2 of 2 from my adventure! See part 1 here.


japanese pads, periods around the worldLots of colourful packaging to catch your attention!
japanese pads, periods around the worldAll pads are packaged in plastic wrapping and not cardboard boxes like we have in North America.

japanese pads, periods around the worldCan you spot the Always pads?

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japanese pads, periods around the world100 JPY = ~1.00 USD

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japanese pads, periods around the worldLots of colourful options to choose from!

japanese pads, periods around the worldIn this drugstore, the pads are right next to the beauty section.

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Can you read Japanese? What does the packaging say?

xo,
-Dedy

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Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2

Tokyo, Japan

In September, I took a short trip to Tokyo, Japan to explore the incredible city. I went to some of their most popular drug stores to see their period aisles.

Pads seemed to be the more popular option in Japan. I didn’t see many tampons but later on in my trip, I found a few boxes on a bottom shelf.

Here is part 1 of 2 from my adventure! See part 2 here.


japanese-pads-drugstore-18“Sanitary thing”
japanese-pads-drugstore-17I think the bottom right products are actually for incontinence but I’m not really sure!

japanese-pads-drugstore-14In some drug stores, they were sold in bulk. These ones were sold in groups of 3.

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japanese-pads-drugstore-20Pads are located next to the diapers (see right side).

japanese-pads-drugstore-11In this drugstore, the pads are right next to the beauty section.

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Can you read Japanese? What does the packaging say?

xo,
-Dedy

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5 Funny Period Inspired Dresses

Do these outfits remind you of anything?
We found 5 funny period inspired dresses… From a pretty summer dresses to even a wedding dress! 

1. Period ombre summer dress

This American Eagle dress was on clearance… I wonder why?
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2. Literally a period dress

Wearing this dress means you’ll always be ready for your period
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3. A beautiful haute couture tampon dress

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4. Tampon dress

A super absorbent tampon dress
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5. YSL’s famous 1965 cocoon dress

Believe it or not, this is a wedding dress!
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10 Spooky Period Costumes for Halloween

Thinking of a period costume for Halloween?
Check out these 10 spooky period costumes for halloween!

1. Period Warrior

Complete your scary costume with tampon nunchucks!
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2. Maxi Pad

Don’t forget to add the wings.
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3. Tampon Costume

This one is almost sold out!
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4. Used Maxi Pad with a quilted cottony soft cover!

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5. Aunt Flo & a box of Tampax Tampons

Couples costume anyone?
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6. Used Tampon

Check out the tampon string in the back!
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7. Box of Tampax Tampons

This is one big box of tampons…
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8. Maxi Pad with a heavy flow!

Complete your costume with a tall glass…
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9. Kotex Maxi Pad

Check out the details on this costume…
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10. Vulva

 

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What are you dressing up for halloween?

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4 Ways Coffee Affects Your Period

Happy National Coffee Day!

September 29 is National Coffee Day where we celebrate our favourite morning drink. There is no denying that people around the world love their coffee!

Many studies suggest coffee has excellent benefits for your health. The caffeine in coffee can help fight heart disease, reduce stress, improve your memory and even help fight the common cold.

But too much coffee can be bad for you especially if you’re on your period.

Here are 4 useful coffee facts to consider when you have your next period.

4 Ways Coffee Affects Your Period
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1. Coffee can make your cramps worse

Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and constricts your blood vessels making your blood pressure go up, giving you that more awake feeling. If you drink too much coffee, it can be bad news for your period because it can worsen cramp pain and raise tension levels.

This doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking coffee completely. Choose a coffee with less caffeine like a darker roast or simply drink a little less.

 
 
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2. Caffeine is added to painkillers commonly used to relieve menstrual pain

Caffeine is a common ingredient added to the painkiller drug acetaminophen (Tylenol). When caffeine is combined with acetaminophen, it increases the pain relieving effects. But beware – caffeine and acetaminophen can also cause slight nausea.

If you find yourself becoming nauseous, try taking painkillers without added caffeine.

 
 
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3. Coffee can make you dehydrated

When you drink coffee, you’ve probably noticed that you pee more. This is because caffeine is a diuretic – a drug that makes you pee more and as a result it can leave you feeling dehydrated.

If you’re on your period, you may want to drink less coffee or choose a dark roast which has less caffeine. Make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated too.

 
 
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4. Coffee can give you diarrhea

If you already experience diarrhea during your period, you may find that caffeine makes your period poops worse.

The oils and acids in coffee can irritate and flare up your intestines causing cramps and diarrhea. If you have a sensitive tummy, you may want to avoid coffee on your worst period days.

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Period Mail: What do I do if I get my first period at school?

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

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‘School Scared’ asks: “I am 11 years old. I started puberty about age 9. I have a little kit in my backpack already (I got that off another post ) with 3 pads and extra panties. I haven’t started my period yet but I am afraid that I will start it at school and won’t know who to tell. I have thought out all of the possible worst scenarios and can’t think of a good 1!!!!!! Is there any good scenario?!?! And if I do start it at school, who do I go to?”
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The Period Blog answers:

Hey ‘School Scared’,

It’s good to hear that you are planning ahead. You’re right. Getting your first period at school is not ideal but there are steps you can take to make it a better first experience even if you get it at school.

When you get your first period, you may have noticed that you felt a bit wet down there and decided to go to the washroom to check your panties. Or you may have just discovered your period when you decided to use the washroom.

In either case, if this happens – the first thing you want to do is just clean yourself up. Use toilet paper to wipe away the blood. Clean off any blood on your panties if you can.

Your next step is to put on a pad so if you don’t have that in the washroom at the moment, go grab it then go back to the washroom.

If your panties are too soaked, then put on your spare pair.

Then follow these instructions on how to put on a pad.

If you feel comfortable dealing with your first period by yourself then you don’t necessarily have to tell anyone if you don’t want to.

But if you need help, you can always reach out to your parents, an older sibling, teacher (or if you don’t feel like reaching out to your own teacher, you can tell a different one) or the school nurse.

The pad should last you until the you go home but if you feel that the pad is getting full or you feel uncomfortable, then go ahead and change it. That’s why we recommend you carry at least 3 pads with you at all times.

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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