My period doesn’t come at the same time every month. What’s wrong with me?
For the first year or so, irregular periods are totally normal. Think of it as your body “warming up”. Stress plays a part in regularity, too. School pressure, parental probs, love issues — all of it affects your cycle. Excessive exercisers can also experience interruptions in menstruation, so if this is you, talk to your doc about it. I’m bloated! Is there a way to reduce the puffiness?
It's a total bummer that menstruation makes you retain fluid. This is actually caused by hormones, not by what you're drinking. Your best defence is to down six to eight glasses of water a day to help flush out the fluids. And avoid food that's processed or made with tons of salt, which adds to water retention.What's the best plan of attack for killer cramps?
Cramps happen because your uterus is contracting before and during menstruation. You could try taking a steamy bath or drinking hot tea to warm your insides. Heating pads feel really good, too. Exercise is a good remedy for some girls, so take a yoga class or go for a stroll.Do periods have an odour?
Menstruation does produce a slight smell, but it's natural, and it's not bad or offensive. If you wear a pad, the smell might be a little more noticeable because the blood is collecting outside your body, where the blood comes in contact with air and then creates an odour— so remember to change your pad often. If you’re worried about odour, why not try a tampon? It collects the blood inside the body, which reduces the smell.Is using a tampon tricky?Inserting tampons
isn't as tricky as you might think. Inside the box of tampons, you’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures — give them a quick read. Then trust yourself. And take it slowly. No need to rush, right? Gently insert the tampon, angling it toward the small of your back (your vagina is not straight up and down). If you feel like you can't get it in, take a breath, relax your muscles and try again. You’ll be a pro before you know it.
What are your questions about menstruation? Ask in the comments — other girls like you may just have the answer you need!