Embarrassing topic but a 13 yr teen needs desperate advice!:0

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ibuprofen has been show to lighten up periods. You should learn to track your period. If you just started I know how hard that can be. When I first started, I came on for a couple months, then stopped for a whole year!!! i kinda freaked and thought i went through really early menapause or something. But this is pretty normal. it took a few years before i period became normal, now i can tell way in advance before it comes. A couple days before I take an ibuprofen and every morning after that. helps with cramps and lighter periods. i have very heavy periods and very busy lifestyle so i cant let mother nature get in the way.

Also try to avoid caffiene, it can also be you enemy at that time of the month.
I know, when you first get your period it does ruin your life! But pretty soon you get used to it and it's just part of your life. After a certain age every woman around you gets her period. Theres no reason to be embarrassed. We all belong to the same club.

Tampons are way better than pads. Get some light, or slim ones, and stand with one leg on the toilet. The
Insert in the box of tampons gives you some position suggestions. It'll take some practice but you'll get it. Carry some extra tampons or pads in a little makeup case or pencil case in your bag. And make sure you check at the end of your period to make sure youve removed your last one.

The tampon will not get lost, or stuck up there. If you cant get it out, leave it and try again later. A dry tampon can hurt pulling out. Popping your cherry is just some gross sexist term about the last of your hymen (the thin skin around your vagina) tearing away. You probably wont even notice it.



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Oh girl, I totally know where you are coming from. I feel for you. My periods were torture for me when I was young. My mother used washcloths most of the time and thought I should too apparently as she hardly ever bought pads. Finally, we were on vacation and my cousin was with us and I got my period while we were away and she bought me some tampons and "walked" me through the whole process. Changed my life, I tell you. I felt such incredible relief. No more worrying, leaking, etc.

Don't be afraid. It becomes second nature after the first few times. Just make sure that you insert it far enough as it will hurt if you don't. It's easily remedied though, just go back and push it up a little further. Also, do get the smaller ones at first. You may need to change them more more often but when you get used to the whole process, you can switch to more absorbent ones.

Good luck!
This is an important video to watch about the hymen and the "cherry popping" idea. I'm 22 and tend to think I'm fairly knowledgeable when it comes to sex-ed type things, and I kind of had the old idea of something had to "pop your cherry" but I'm glad I've seen this video. As a very young woman who has just started her period, this is something good for you to watch.

You Can't POP Your Cherry! (HYMEN 101) - YouTube
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Using tampons (the really slim ones in your case) AND an ultrathin maxipad (I swear by Always brand) as a backup has worked for me for years on heavy flow days, without leaving me with any accidents. You just have to change them regularly/frequently, (which makes things more comfortable overall anyway).

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Thank you so much everybody it's been so hard to track Ian starting to feel hopeless but thanks so much for all the support it really helped me out! quick question is it okay to practice putting a tampon in even when your not obvious period ?
Thank you so much everybody it's been so hard to track Ian starting to feel hopeless but thanks so much for all the support it really helped me out! quick question is it okay to practice putting a tampon in even when your not obvious period ?
Originally Posted by Athenacurly:)
I was going to suggest this. That's how I learned! I think I only had to do it once or twice, just to (literally) get a feel for it - the angle, the pressure, how far - without the worry of dealing with the period itself. A larger, "super" tampon may be a little uncomfortable to insert. Just take a deep breath, then exhale slowly as you insert it. Once it's in, you probably won't feel it at all. And then, you may forget it, which is why I will also recommend using a panty liner as well

I am concerned though about a comment you made upthread, implying that your parents are not supportive. I understand your father disappearing when/if the subject comes up, but I hope your mother is there for you. (You don't need to reply to this - I'm just concerned about young women who may not have someone to show them the way )
Well yeah my mom I she just tells me to toughen up and she doesn't really understand my concern for when she sends me todance in my white rights:0 it's hard to explain to her...
Okay so I have quite a but of questions if you lovely ladies have the answers I would be happy to hear them
1- can I wear a tampon while I pee?
2- do the tampons leak like pads?
3- how rarely do you need to change
4-can a tampon get stuck?:0
5- how far in should a tampon go?
6- can I wear one while Ian not on my period to get used to the feel?
7- can I wear it while I sleep?
8- are tampons dangerous at all?
9- I don't understand the examples on the box how to use a plastic inserter?
10-can tampons fall out???
Thanks it's most appreciated

1- can I wear a tampon while I pee?
Yes
2- do the tampons leak like pads?
Depends. Took me awhile to figure out how to get it in just right (after fully inserted, I pull on the string lightly until it feels snug), but if I'm really heavy it's sometimes still an issue.
3- how rarely do you need to change
2-8 hours depending on how heavy your period is
4-can a tampon get stuck?:0
It can, but it's very unlikely
5- how far in should a tampon go?
You won't be able to put it in too far
6- can I wear one while Ian not on my period to get used to the feel?
I've never tried, but would assume it would be uncomfortable going in without the lubrication of your period
7- can I wear it while I sleep?
Yep! If you're period is really heavy, you may want to wear a pad as back up
8- are tampons dangerous at all?
As long as you change it regularly (4-6 hrs) you'll be fine.
9- I don't understand the examples on the box how to use a plastic inserter?
Have you pulled one out and looked at it? The applicator makes inserting easier (smooth, as opposed to the actual tampon). Once the tampon is in, you pull the applicator out and discard it. Easier to understand if you've looked at one. Maybe make a fist and "practice" in your hand with one?
10-can tampons fall out???
Very unlikely if inserted far enough! Your vaginal muscles will keep it in place till you pull it out.
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This is silly, but will give you an idea of how it works!

How to Insert a Tampon? | Funny but Helpful....!!! - YouTube
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Okay so I have quite a but of questions if you lovely ladies have the answers I would be happy to hear them
1- can I wear a tampon while I pee?
2- do the tampons leak like pads?
3- how rarely do you need to change
4-can a tampon get stuck?:0
5- how far in should a tampon go?
6- can I wear one while Ian not on my period to get used to the feel?
7- can I wear it while I sleep?
8- are tampons dangerous at all?
9- I don't understand the examples on the box how to use a plastic inserter?
10-can tampons fall out???
Originally Posted by Athenacurly:)
Yes you can wear a tampon while you pee but it is not recommended. It's better to change them when you use the bathroom. But if you practice by using one whole not on your period, you need to pee before you remove it. Like Iroc said, it does hurt if you remove a dry one.

Yes, if your period is heavy or the tampon has been in for so long, tampons will leak.

I change my tampon depending on the flow or heaviness of my period. I might need to change it often on the first day or two and then change it every 4 or 5 hours the rest of the time. I change it every time I pee.

No, tampons shouldn't get stuck. It has the string that hangs out so you can remove it easily. Those strings are pretty tough.

Typically you insert until the top portion disappears and the plunger (the part you push in) is still out. You will make mistakes and not get it in far enough at first. You'll be able to feel that it's not in all the way. Only the string should be left exposed.

I do not wear tampons while I sleep but I know some who do. I stick with the larger "overnight" pads.

You can get toxic shock syndrome from tampons if you leave them in too long. It is recommended that you NOT sleep with them in. Read that section in the directions.

Take out a tampon, look at it, push the plunger up and watch the cotton mouse pop out. Lol. Just play with a couple to see how it works. When you actually use it, you want to get a new tampon and leave it intact. Insert the wider top part that holds the cotton and leave the plunger (the handle you push up) outside of your body. That way you can use your hand to push the plunger up and insert the cotton. The string will hang out so you can pull it out and change it. You have to find the most comfortable position to insert it. I just spread my legs a little and insert. Some lift one leg or sit on the edge of something.

No. They won't fall out if you have it inserted properly. You have to pull them out.
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Last edited by Fifi.G; 05-08-2012 at 08:46 PM.
Like others have said keeping track of it is a good thing to do and you will get used to this and it will become easier. I can remember waking up with blood everywhere, staining all my clothes, etc... As you get used to it you will learn to read the signs better. I now wake up from a dead sleep because I know I'm getting ready to start or my pad is going to leak. My body tells me everything I need to know. It's just speaking in a foreign language when you first start You'll learn it.
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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Thank you so much!!!! For all your help iam still a slight but scared but I thought j can't live my whole life without swimming and having to miss out a week of fun! lol thanks so much to all of you I really appreciate it
You are very welcome. It's perfectly natural to be nervous about it. This is new territory, your body is changing, and your nerves/emotions/system can get out of whack. It seems overwhelming at first. Just take deep breaths and relax. Keep in mind that its not really a big deal. Millions of women use them every day. Once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Remember too that it's embarrassing now because not all your friends will have started, but the older you get, the less awkward it is for the most part.
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These are great responses, but I just noticed a couple things-- yes you can wear a tampon when you pee. Tampons and your period have nothing to do with urination. You might just want to hold the string out of the way when you do pee though, so it doesn't get wet.

And it is very unlikely that inserting a tampon will break your hymen. Hymens are usually further up in the vagina than tampons reach.

I know it's a very big adjustment, but you are going to get used to this, it's going to be ok! It's great that you are asking lots of questions.
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I'm sorry you are having such a rough time with beginning your period. I HIGHLY suggest using a menstrual cup. They are worlds better than pads or tampons.
Thanks everybody and I heard of the cup thing it just sounds even more scary than a tampon and it's not that my friends haven't gotbit most have but they act as if its no big deal as they wear pure white short short shorts and do cartwheels on their period they all make it look like Iam the only one suffering in my huge baggy trackbpamts in 30 degree weather

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