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#PeriodMail: Why is my period 3 days late?

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

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

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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

Which tampon did you use for your first tampon?

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Period Mail: What’s the best tampon for a beginner?

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AP asks: “I’m 14 years old and I’ve had my period since I was 10 . Now that I’m entering my freshman year of highschool, I wanted to transition from pads to tampons . My question is what is the best tampon brand I should use if I’m not that experienced with tampons?”
The Period Blog answers:

Hey AP,

Awesome question! I wish I knew the answer to when I first started wearing tampons!

The first tampon I ever used was a cardboard applicator tampon and it was only later when I tried plastic applicator tampons did I realize it was sooo much easier with a plastic applicator.

For your first tampon, I would suggest a regular absorbency tampon with a plastic full size applicator.

I find these tampons easier and more comfortable to insert.

Inserting your first tampon can get a bit confusing, so I would also suggest for beginners a plastic full size applicator which is a bit more simpler to use than a compact one.

Plastic applicators have a rounded tip covered by the plastic applicator while cardboard applicators have tips that expose the top of the tampon or our covered by the cardboard applicator. The rounded tip on plastic applicators make a first tampon insertion more comfortable than cardboard applicators.

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Playtex Sport tampon with a rounded tip

Plastic applicators also have a smooth barrel which will glide in easier than cardboard.

The round tip and smooth plastic barrel will help beginners insert their first tampon easier especially if you are nervous.

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Learn how to insert a tampon in 4 easy step PLUS pictures!

When wearing tampons, you must wear the lowest absorbency needed for your period. If you have a normal flow (not too heavy, not too light), it is safe to wear regular tampon. But if your flow is a little heavier, it is still safe for you to wear a regular tampon. If you don’t fill up your regular tampon in 3-5 hours, then switch to a lighter absorbency. With practice, you will get a better idea of which tampon you need for your flow and when to change your tampon.

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Here are my recommendations for first time tampon users:

Playtex Sport Regular Tampons S2

Playtex Sport Regular Tampons: An all time favourite among girls!

U By Kotex Sleek Tampons box

U By Kotex Sleek Regular Tampons: A great tampon with a super easy to use applicator!

I hope this helps AP!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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