girls : Can I go swimming when I have my period?
If you’ve never worn a tampon before, you may want to talk with your mom or another woman you trust. You may want to get the slim-fit type, read the directions first, and leave some extra time to get it properly in place.
Can bras cause cancer?
Some things may protect a woman from getting breast cancer, including maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, and breastfeeding her children.
Do I have to change my pad overnight?
Do tampons hurt?
For most girls, inserting a tampon doesn’t hurt. (The vagina is also the birth canal, so if it can stretch to fit a whole baby, it can fit a tampon!) But if the tampon does hurt, stop, and do not force it in. In some girls, the hymen (a little piece of tissue across the vagina) prevents easy insertion of the tampon.
If you’re using tampons for the first time, try a slim-fit one. Your menstrual flow should make it easier to insert because it moistens the vagina and helps the tampon slip into place.
Girls: How Does a Tampon Work?
It may take a little time to get the hang of using tampons. Tampon applicators can be plastic or cardboard, and you can use whichever one you like better. Inside each box, there’s an instruction booklet that will tell you how to insert a tampon.
Tampons come in different absorbencies. Try starting with regular and then switching if you need to. You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours or when it’s saturated with blood.
If a tampon ever does feel “stuck,” it’s only temporary. It can’t get lost inside you because there’s no way out except through the vagina. Relax and wait a few minutes, and then you should be able to get the tampon out.
I feel embarrassed when I have my period at school. When I’m in the bathroom, I think everyone can hear me opening the pad to put it on. What should I do?
So do what you need to do and get to class. And on the bright side, remember that lots of other sounds going on in the bathroom are more embarrassing than the rustle of your pad wrapper!
I have hair on the nipples of my breasts. Is that normal?
Here are two places you won’t grow hair the palms of your hands and soles of your feet!
I heard that some bras make your breasts stop growing. Is that true?
My mom isn’t around. How can I talk to my dad about periods and other girl stuff?
As for how to start the conversation, the first step is finding a good time. If you have brothers and sisters, you might want to find a few minutes when you can talk to your dad alone. Then it might be as simple as saying, “Dad, I need to buy some supplies at the store because I might get my period soon.”
You both might be a little embarrassed, but also relieved because you will have raised the topic at last. It should get easier from there. For instance, your supplies will become just regular items on the shopping list. You also might suggest that your dad buy you a book about puberty. You also can find these at the library.
Funny as it might sound, dads do know what periods are! But if you have questions you’d rather ask a girl, consider talking to girls or women you are close to, such as an aunt, grandmother, or older cousin.
Do I have to wear a bra at night?
What if one of my breasts is bigger than the other?
No. 1: You are probably the only one who has noticed.
No. 2: Your breasts are likely to even out as you develop.
And No. 3: If you still notice a difference after your breasts have fully developed, you can use a bit of padding in one bra cup to balance things out.
Why don’t any boys like me?
The middle school years are a funny time for romance. Some kids are thinking a lot about the people they like, but other kids aren’t too interested yet in having a girlfriend or boyfriend. Some girls or boys start to “go out” with someone and then say to themselves, “Oh, my. This is too weird!”
Chances are excellent that a boy will like you someday, and hopefully he will be brave enough to say so. Until then, enjoy your friends who are boys and think about the qualities you like in a boy. Do you like boys who are funny, smart, or athletic? Or maybe all three?