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Hey girls.
There are horrible things ever girl has to go through. Periods. *Slams head against wall* We all have them. Why are we so shy about it? We should not have to be. So I have a few questions. I got mine a few months ago and am trying to figure out this thing…
Pads or tampons?
I am using both right now.
What’s you favorite brands?
I like Kotex best so far. For both pads and tampons.
How do you get rid of cramps?
I just need help with this. They always strike right before I got to bed so I can’t sleep.
How old where you when you got it?
I was 14.
Why do you think everyone is so shy about it?
I don’t get why we are embarrassed about it. But I am…

March 7, 2016 at 16:10


I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I think most people are shy to talk about it because it’s a very private part of your body 😛

I was 11 or 12 when I got mine, I use pads; haven’t tried tampons, they look like a pain. I don’t usually get cramps, but if you do, stay hydrated, take a walk, and eat foods high in magnesium.

March 7, 2016 at 16:57


We’re sort of taught to be shy about it, I think. It’s one of those things like sex, lumped in with “the talk” and all that that no one *wants* to talk about.
Pads or tampons? Both. I like tampons because they aren’t as bulky as pads and feel more secure…but pads are more comfortable, and you can sleep in them.
Brand: Kotex usually. Especially U by Kotex tampons.
Cramps…I’ll let you know when I figure that one out. So far, lying in fetal position and/or some other position in bed seems to be the only solution I can find. Heat pads help. Ibuprofen too.
Age: 14 or 15.

Also, this always makes me laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2VhqjVkL-0

March 7, 2016 at 19:16
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

Tampons during the day (because when you use pads, it gets all over you, and ew, no, why would I want that), pads at night (because unfortunately, I sleep for more than 6-8 hours, so alas, I cannot wear a tampon to bed).

I got my period when I was 10. And I know a lot of girls are scared or uncomfortable with using tampons, but when I got my period, I had swim practice in 2 hours, therefore I *had* to learn to use a tampon immediately.

I use Tampax or Always or whatever that brand is, who knows.

Heating pads/blankets are a big yes, chocolate is a big yes, exercise is a big yes (I know it might not feel like exercise would help, but TRUST ME, it makes all the difference in the world, and laying down while you have cramps is so much worse than if you get up and walk around or do something).

Also, ATTENTION PEOPLES: while Advil does help, it actually makes your flow heavier–Aleve, however, does not, and it helps just as much and even lasts 24 hours.

@rainbow, good video. XD

March 7, 2016 at 19:49


Tampons during the day and pads for night
I was lucky and didn’t start until 15
Chocolate is a must, baths with lavender epsom salts help alot with cramps too.
I am not embarrassed at all. If pple want to get embarrassed because my reproductive organs work they can go do it somewhere else cuz I don’t wanna hear about it. lol

March 7, 2016 at 20:52


So I was 12 when I started (am 20 now) and I hate both pads and tampons and instead use a menstrual cup. The link is to the brand I personally use, but I’ve heard good reviews on some of the others

As far as cramps go, I stay hydrated, try to get workouts in (yes that helps) and heating pads. Midol works great for some people as its made to help with PMS and period symptoms, but because I have chronic pain I have access to strong pain meds, and therefore rarely have to deal with them.

And I agree with everyone else as far as why people are embarrassed to talk about it. We are shamed into silence, told its private, and gross, and even though it is normal, no one wants to admit that it is.
I used to be really uncomfortable about it, but now it doesn’t bother me at all. Its something Ive dealt with for 8 years and it is just part of life.

March 8, 2016 at 19:46


And just FYI, the brand of cup is use does ship in the U.S. even though its a European site.

March 8, 2016 at 19:47


I first got mine at 11, and I use pads.

What helps me are ibuprofen with cola (if you drink the cola as you take the ibuprofen, it makes the ibuprofen work better), hot showers, heating pads, elevating your hips with pillows while you sleep, and dark chocolate (I use 85%).

I think people get embarrassed to talk about it because it’s in “the awkward area” of the body and because it involves blood (I must admit, I find all blood icky).

March 9, 2016 at 21:16


I got mine when I was twelve, and just happened to be visiting my dad at the time, and my mom was four hours away :-/ Luckily she had started sending pads with me just in case it started when she wasn’t around (she’s a smart one). As for what I use, I’m going to stick with pads as long as work for me, and I’ve always used the brand Always (ha… I’ve ALWAYS used ALWAYS xD … Sorry). I’ve been lucky to not get super bad cramps all the time, but when I do, I’ve found that Advil or Ibuprofen work wonders, and tea is always a good thing. I usually wear loose clothing, and watch something funny on Netflix while I wait for the medication to kick in. After an episode of Friends, I always feel much better 😉
I think people are embarrassed to talk about it because periods aren’t talked about openly very often. In my circle of friends, and in my family, everyone is pretty open about it, though.

March 9, 2016 at 21:32


Hey! I am turning 16 in a couple months and I don’t have my period yet! Just thought I’d mention this, to add some variety to the ages mentioned on here :). Thanks for the suggestions, I will keep them for later haha.

March 28, 2016 at 14:58
McKayla Denise

McKayla Denise

I was 11 when I got mine. Pickle juice helps with cramps( even though some think it’s gross). I like Always and Kotex and use pads and tampons.

March 28, 2016 at 15:42
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I was nine when I first for mine (I’m fifteen now). I live in a place where everyone talks about everything, so periods were never a huge deal for me and I was extremely shocked when I went to the states at how private everyone was. Haha But I use tampons during the day and pads at nighttime. I take a quick hot shower (baths are better for some people) before bed and sleep with a heating pad on my stomach. Ibuprofen helps a lot as well..

March 31, 2016 at 10:24
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