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When you start your period (or maybe even a li’l before), it’s possible that you will experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Here’s your guide to some...
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mod mod mod i do not know how to ask my mom if i can wear a pad because she has pretty small ones that are made for girls around 10 or 11 but i need to wear a pad because i have discharge but i do not know how to ask my mom but is it normal to have discharge when you are 8 becuz i am 8 but my mom will say you have not hit puberty yet


Hey girl, just ask! She was your age once too. If she's not understanding right away, try to get some from the health room at school, or use the small ones for now. Those are safe to use until you have a heavy flow.

lauren r.

by pinkcat4305 on 6/22/2013 9:38:03 PM


Remember that pimple thing i had down there that I told you about like 5 or 6 days ago? Well it's still there and it's getting bigger. It really hurts when I'm sitting or it I'm walking. What could it be? What should I do? (I already scheduled an appointment at the doctors but its not till next week so what should I do to it so it doesn't hurt until then?)


Hey girl-

Lynae P. isn't modding right now, but it sounds to me like it could be an ingrown hair. Talk to your mom/ trusted adult and ask them what the best option is so you can feel better the fastest! xoxo 

Alexis G.

by Sarah_12 on 10/25/2012 1:25:08 AM


Kerra S.
I'm nervous, what should I tell the counseler? Won't they tell my parents?


Hey girly, a councelor can tell your parents if they feel that there is a need to. But maybe you could talk to your councelor about how you can talk to your parents about how your feeling. Or you could even ask your councelor what kinds of issues she has to report before you start talking to her about your problems. That might make you feel a little easier about talking things out. Good luck, babe.

Lauren I.

by fantastic8805 on 10/24/2012 1:14:10 AM


help, I'm so stressed out, my parents are getting divorced, me and my friends are fighting, I have so much homework and I'm paractically failing all my classes because I can't concentrate on homework at home when all I hear is my parents fighting. Also I have my period and my headaches are killing me.


That sounds rough hon. I am so sorry you're going through that. I honestly suggest you find someone to talk to. Your best bet is the school counselor. They'll be willing to help you and listen to you if you need to vent. All you need is some support right now and they'll be able to get you that. I hope you really consider going to them. I also hope things get better for you hon! xoxo kerra

Kerra S.

by fantastic8805 on 10/24/2012 1:00:56 AM


Lynae P Smile please answer asap
What should I tell my mom about the dress? And another question. I have this bump down there and I don't know what it is it kinda looks like a pimple and it hurts a lot when I wipe down there. What could it be?


Just tell her what happened girl. I don't think she will be mad. I had one of those but it turned out to be nothing. See how many more days it lasts and if it is still there after 7 days I would make an appointment with the doctor. Hope this helps! Xoxo 

Lynae P.

by Sarah_12 on 10/19/2012 12:54:09 AM


Today at school the most humiliating thing happened to me. I was wearing this really cure white dress, and even though my period ended a few days ago (like 4 or 5) it came back and it leaked through my dress. I didnt have any pads and niether did my firneds, Everyone saw it!!!! I'm really scared to go to school tomorrow because I'm afraid they're gonna tease me and stuff. Plus my mom bought me the dress for $25 and she wants me to wear it to church on Sunday. I'm scared that if I tell her what happened she'll get mad about me ruining the dress.


Hey Sarah_12, if the kids see that you aren't embarrassed about what happened, then they won't feel the need to embarrass you. So go to class confident and act normal. If someone does tease you about play it off and speak up for yourself. No one will probably even think about it especially since that it's Friday and everyone is thinking about their weekend plans. As a woman I'm sure your mother will understand. Every girl has had that moment when their period creeps up on them, so no worries. It's better to tell her now because blood can stain very badly. Hope this helps! Have a great day of school! Xoxo

Lynae P.

by Sarah_12 on 10/19/2012 12:28:29 AM


Im confused...... I had my period for the month on like august 7th and it stopped on august 10th but it came back today. Is this normal? Because i know it is if ur just starting but i have had my period for like 1 1/2 years now!


Hey! the only way to really feel reassured is to talk to your doctor about all of these questions Smile To be honest, that's what we mods just have to tell you guys when you come to us with any health concerns. You may very well be fine, but since we're not doctors and we can't even see you face to face, it's not for us to tell you what's fine and what isn't. You know your body. Trust your instincts and talk to your doc!

Helen S.

by Swifty#1 on 8/20/2012 5:42:37 PM


I REALLY need help. A few months ago (May, I think) I got my period for the second time. I haven't gotten it since, but a few days ago, I got it. It is constantly heavy and I have to change my underwear every couple hours cuz I've bled through. Also, I have this really, really, REALLY bad pain right below my belly button, and I've had this ever since it started. My mom said it would go away but it hasn't and medicine doesn't work. Are they cramps? I've never gotten cramps before. What should I do? PLEASE HELP! Thanksss <3


Hey! the only way to really feel reassured is to talk to your doctor about all of these questions Smile To be honest, that's what we mods just have to tell you guys when you come to us with any health concerns. You may very well be fine, but since we're not doctors and we can't even see you face to face, it's not for us to tell you what's fine and what isn't. You know your body. Trust your instincts and talk to your doc! 

Helen S.

by uraveragecanadiangurl98 on 8/7/2012 5:36:58 PM


I just got my first period, how do I tell my mom?

Hey girlie,

Try catching her one-on-one while she's doing the dishes, making a snack, reading, or brushing her teeth. There's no easy way to do it, so just take a deep breath and say - "Hey mom? I got my period today. Do you think we can go get the supplies I'll need?" She has her first period too so she won't be grossed out. It's nothing to be embarrassed about...but you gotta tell her! <3
Lauren C.

by Thedancer1234 on 1/26/2012 6:45:05 PM


Mod mod
Hey, so I get my period ever 2 weeks Frown I hate it...(who doesn't) but I have had it since July, I have been getting it every 2 weeks since September/ October. Is this normal? If not I don't wanna tell my mom, or my doctor...that would be awkward. Also what questions does your doctor ask you about your period at a physical?


Hey girly,


The fact that you have been getting it every two weeks is something you really should get checked out by a doctor. As for physicals, they will probably ask how often you have your period and when was the last one you had. Don't worry about telling your doc or your mom these things girly. Every girl has to deal with periods and it really isn't that big of a deal.

Catie C.

by Girlzrock123 on 1/5/2012 6:47:00 AM


i know this a really weird question but at what age do u start wearing a bra??


Hey honey! It's not a weird question! Every girl thinks about this! You can start wearing a training bra at a young age, maybe at 6 years old. However, some girls develop earlier than others. Go to your doctor and have her measure your chest to see if you need to start wearing a regular bra. 

Amalia E.

by darling__me on 9/14/2011 4:40:33 AM


When I'm on My period i buy heat pads thats my advice and to lay down on you tummy (yes I'm 14 and i don't feel like say stomach leave me alone) anyway try to rest you know Laughing

by imamonster14 on 8/18/2011 6:49:32 PM


mod mod mod
idk if its pms (but every grl in my immediate family gets it, so it cood be)but last nite i was watching a disaster date and i started crying becuz the guy in the fake date called the girl in it a prostitute and it was totally uncalled for, even if it was just a tv show, and then stopped watching it and then i kept getting cramps so i thought i was gonna get my period and then wen i went to the bthroom to check and i randomely started crying cuz i didnt get it and for sum reason i always wanted my 1st period ever since i learned wut one was, and i have a bunch of trouble sleeping this week and i woke up really depressed this morning and now im listening to sad songs cuz i feel so sad, is it pms?

Hey! Sounds like it to me, just the other day I started crying for no reason too, and then I started to pinpoint what could be making me sad, which only made it worse. Once I realized it was just hormones I felt better and you can too. I feel like to some extent, once you know something is controlling your feelings you can work through it Smile good luck! 
Helen S.

by guitargirl7321 on 8/10/2011 5:30:32 PM


i am over emotional all the time and my mom just got not mad or anything but she said "madi!" to tell me to turn off my music wich my dumb i pod just started playing for no reason so to feel better im listening to music and going on here to take a sec for my self and i feel a lot better Smile so u can also take a sec. 4 ur self

by madsterw1 on 8/9/2011 5:37:48 PM


i just started pms yesterday and and my lower stomach hurts and worried about my period

-desperate in pain

HELP HELP scream inside

by cookie318 on 7/31/2011 11:45:05 PM


Mod mod mod
I have karate everday and today is a really long class. My lower back is really crampy and I don't have my first period yet. I don't wonna go cuz I don't feel good and afraid that it'll start in class. What do I tell my dad who makes me go. I already missed testerday so I have to go today. Thanks for the advise

hey! just be honest, guy are usually skittish about girl stuff like that so he might cut you some slack 
Helen S.

by cuddlebug143 on 7/1/2011 3:57:46 PM


Ok so I have scoliosis, so I have a brace. It's really form fitting and usually that doesn't bother me but, yesterday I Was about to go to bed and I got seriously claustrophobic and felt restricted and I had to take my brace off ( your supposed to wear it 24/7 ) well todayi got my period so I was wondering if that was a pms.

by twinkie441 on 6/15/2011 2:15:15 AM


Okay I've had my period for six months, usually i dont have any pms at all. But now my boobs are really sore and I've been having really bad cramps. Is this a sign of my period coming? Why am I just getting pms now?

Hey girl, it could be -- often times those symptoms come right before your period. That said, it's hard to know for 100 percent sure. I'd just keep pads on you and be prepared for whatever happens!

Alyssa B.

by twinkie441 on 6/14/2011 10:30:16 PM


i'm 12, and i have all of these symptoms. my mom started her period when she was 12. do u think i could start my period soon? i also get tons of discharge, and i've been shaving for almost a year.
one more question! my headaches get really bad. whenever i get one, i take 3 extra strength ibuprofen, which is what my doctor says to take, and it doesn't help at all. it's getting to the point that i can't really do anything when i get them. what should i do?


Tell your doctor that the ibuprofen doesn't help and see what he/ she says Smile

Helen S.

by koolkat21 on 4/16/2011 10:09:06 AM


Um...I get a lot of the symptoms, but I haven't started my period yet. I'm turning 15 in August. Is there something wrong, or is it normal because my mom and grandma both started when they weree 13. I guess I'm kinda worried.Tong

by wishing_wondering14 on 4/13/2011 9:15:14 PM


Hey Girl!


Your period usually lasts for about a week. Usually you have pms for a couple days leading up to the start of your period.


danielle D.

mod mod mod mod... How does your period last? Like you will have pms for 2-7 days?

danielle D.

by LoveHappens on 4/1/2011 1:39:20 PM


Hey Girl,


You get your period once a month, and the length your period lasts can be from 2 days to 7 days. Hope this helps!


danielle D


mod mod mod mod mod mod...(:
What do people mean when they say "Your period will last 2-7 days?" Or "Getting it for about a week every month?"
Thank you so much.
danielle D.

by LoveHappens on 4/1/2011 1:13:57 PM


I never feel myself when I'm on my period. I think it is upsetting me mentally, which is making me feel physically bad. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

We all feel off on our periods. I suggest you take care of yourself by eating well and drinking water and making sure you exercise some and youll feel more yourself. Dont give into the cramps and the pain or else youll feel crappy. xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by xlovelovelove13 on 3/20/2011 3:25:04 PM


I've been having my discharge for over 2 years now and I haven't had my period yet. I get all the cramps, acne and mood swings. I know that you never know when you are about to get it, but does gettin all the symptoms mean that I'm going to have it soon?

by babybumblebee on 3/17/2011 4:40:47 PM


i have all the signs except the craps and headaches how soon will you think my period will come?

Hey girlie, I can't say exactly but within the year probably 
Paige T.

by warrior rose on 3/12/2011 11:13:39 AM


Mod I always think I started my period but it ends up being discharge like in the middle of class I will feel wet and go to the bathroom nope it's discharge What does getting your period feel like??!!

Bonjour chicky! When first getting your period, it can be a bit random. Sometimes you'll get a bloody discharge for about 3 days and then it will turn back to clear. It takes some time for it to finally start becoming consist (getting it for about a week every month) so just be patient and make sure you have a pad with you at all times just in case

Jessica W.

by Bball41baby on 2/21/2011 12:30:40 PM


Mod so yesterday and today I have been having horrible head aches I have all the signs of my period should I be on the look out?? I don't have cramps..... Or my period:/

Bonjour chicky! You usually get the symptoms of your period about 2 to 4 weeks before it starts. Be on the look out and make sure you keep a pad with you at all times

Jessica W.

by Bball41baby on 2/21/2011 12:18:12 PM


I'm only 10, but I think I may be getting this!

by lovelovelove<3 on 2/3/2011 7:37:03 PM


i may be about to start my period i mean i was at my friends house yesterday for a sleepover and at around midnight i was crying for no reason i have been extra tired crampy at times having headaches i think its coming huh?

by candylova1 on 2/1/2011 12:19:59 AM


i use regular size tampons and they leak but im only 12 and i dont want to use a larger one because it increases risk of TSS. What do i do?

by mjkw on 1/30/2011 7:38:23 PM


MOD MOD MOD please help
well i have been having really bad cramps and always end up rolling on the floor in pain what shall i do thank you plz respond asap

Helen S.

by txaxmxixaxh on 1/30/2011 3:21:24 PM


for the past little while, ive been having a lot of symptoms of pms. [ cramps/bloating, headaches, mood wings, headaches and lack of sleep ]I have also had alot of vaginal discharge. does this mean my period is coming?? D:

by s.ttw on 1/26/2011 10:21:57 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!! I've had my period since November 2009. I've had a light to regular flow for a while, but since about September of 2010, it'd gotten a little heavier. Not out of control, but still heavier. Is this ok? Also, I've noticed that only one brand of tampons fit me comfortably and have little to no leaks. But other brands I've tried aren't comfy and leak within 2 hours. Does this mean I'm weird?? Thanks in advance!!!!


Hey chica! You are not weird at all! This is something most girls experience. Periods are normally lighter in the beginning, and can get heavier. And as far as brands go, I can only use one brand! Any other just doesn't fit right and won't work out for me. Don't fret, these are definitely common problems for girls Smile

Caitlin F.

by purpleluver716 on 1/24/2011 2:31:50 PM


Whenever I'm on my period, I get bloated big time. any tips?

Hey girlie. Try some Advil. 
Marly Z.

by skatetime on 1/22/2011 7:46:05 PM


I havent gotten my period yet.okay so I have had all the symptoms of a periods arrival for the past weeks or so.I asked one of the mods if this means my period is coming and you said yes.So when i woke up this morning when i went to the bathroom i noticed that there was a slight brown stain on there.So I checked again right before going on here and there was still only that stain.Could this be my first period?Please dont tell me to talk to my doctor because it takes forever to get an appointment.Thanks sooo much!

hey! the reason we tell you to talk to a doctor is because we can't give accurate medical advice about stuff like this, but your doctor can. sorry! 

Helen S.

by zoeezebra251 on 1/22/2011 3:25:44 PM


This isnt really important but its weird to me...My friends and I always start r periods at the same time...I started mine then i checked my phone and my friend had txted me that she had started hers! I find this reallyy weird that me and her and another one of my friends start at the same time! Is this normal? and if so...why does it happen?
Haha Im jw (: and if you could answer it on my page, id appcriete(sorry cant spell)that!
THANKS!!!! <3

Hey girl, it's totally normal. Girls often have their periods sync -- it all has to do with pheromones -- chemicals you and your friends sweat.

Alyssa B.

by AngelWings785 on 1/18/2011 10:51:10 PM


this is useful cuz i just started my first period ewww

by gramsnacks on 1/17/2011 11:51:19 AM


i had my fist period in feb. 2010, i still havent had one is this normal? ive asked the docotor and she said its fine but its been like 3 months since ive seen my doc. is this normal?

by cowbellkell on 1/16/2011 2:45:19 PM


thanks so before i comment i add a MOD? or is that just when im responding to another comment?

hey! only when you have a question for a mod.  
Helen S.

by cowbellkell on 1/16/2011 2:32:58 PM


what does MOD mean??!?!?! sorry im new LOL =]

Hey girlie, a MOD is short for moderator. We are the ones that answer your questions and make sure all the comments on the site are GL-friendly!  
Marly Z.

by cowbellkell on 1/15/2011 9:35:32 PM


Um i just got my first period and i hate it. its really annoying having to change your pad all the time. im just scared about school because sometimes when i sit, my pad doesn't really catch the blood? Any tips for protecting leaks?

Hey girlie, make sure that you're using pads with wings and pay attention to where the blood is going when it's not hitting the pad and move the pad in your underwear accordingly. 

Lauren T.

by laugher2201 on 1/15/2011 6:54:55 PM


Okay, i havethis friend, and i have dated her bf a few times... but he is a total jerk face, and not right for her... but im scraed to tell her because she is a reaaly sensitve person.... i have no clue what to do, and how to put it to her that i hate hanging around with her bf.. HELP!!!

Hey girl, while I wouldn't tell her that her BF is not right for her (that'd go over badly, trust me), you can express your concerns about his character. Just tell her to be careful: from experience you know her BF has really hurt you and you'd hate to see her in that sitch too. From there, let it go. If she asks you to hang out with him and her, you can always decline and make alternate plans to hang with her solo later.

Alyssa B.

by emmacha on 1/11/2011 9:29:40 PM


MOD MOD MOD So I have had my period for a few monthes and it has been fairly regular so far like period shows up 2 days late at max Smile but this month I expected it between the 7-9 but I am stil waiting... I wanna be prepared but I also know it could be late for a lot of reasons. What should I do? how should I prepare? also Do you think its normal for a girl in Grade 8 to skip her period because of stress. Because one month I think I was late by a few days due to stress... this worries me becuase I do not think a 13 year old should have that much stress :/ I am so confused :S


Hey girl, It's normal to be a little irregular during the first two years of your period, actually.  Definitely check this out:  You can always check with your doc if it is a concern.  But if you feel like you have too much stress in your life, that's important to work out, even if it's not affecting your period.  Think about what's making you so stressed, and make small goals that can help you ease it up this new year. Smile

Marie H.

by puppylover111 on 1/11/2011 12:24:20 AM


MODMODMOD ok this is kinda gross but i get um gassy during my period and neseasous. ive never thrown up from it but still... got any tips to handle this besides meds, which i know?


Ooh, that would be annoying!  This article has some PMS tips:  Eating a balanced diet and getting some exercise help with all PMS, and would prob help with those symptoms, too.  If it's still bothersome or keeps you from school or other activities, talk with you doc.  xoxo

Marie H.

by dontstopthemusic on 1/10/2011 10:42:06 PM


I'm 12 almost 13 i have gone through puberty i have breasts and i need to wear deodorant, i have hair everywhere , im curvy , my voice hasnt changed that much just a liitle. I get cravings sometimes i have mood swings or get really sensitive. Im short like not even 5 foot but it runs in my family. But i still havent started my period after showing all the signs of puberty. I dont know why. All my friends have started their periods but one. So im waiting for my period and i feel kind of left out. Is there something i can do to help myself from being left out? I know that some girls get their periods as late as 16, but i cant help myself from being sad. Please help. I hope this wasnt too personal.

Hey girlie,

Don't be sad! Periods aren't horrible, but they aren't that much fun either. Think about it: cramps hurt, it's annoying to have to change your pad all the time, sometimes it leaks and you have to deal with stains... try to enjoy life and don't worry about your period! If your friends talk about it, let them chat for a little while and then try to change the subject. Be prepared for it, but like you said, remember that you could get it as late as 16. Be thankful that you're growing normally - being healthy is the most important thing Smile 

Lauren C.

by Horselover2215 on 1/10/2011 8:37:33 PM


i got my first period on wednesday and it was fairly regular (in flow) but for the last 2 days i haven't had any blood on my pads at night or in the morning then half way through the day my flow kicks in again! does this mean my period id ending?

Hey girlie,

Your period prob seems like it "goes away" because you were laying down all night! If your flow is normal during the day, your period probably isn't ending - you'll know it's ending when the flow gets much lighter in general and the color changes from bright red to lighter red or brown.

Lauren C.

by sable.rose.13 on 1/10/2011 3:57:57 PM


Mormod mod mod mid mod mod mod
help so I just went to th bathroom and I saw some really small red dots like not the size of afingernail I'm guessing it's spotting but what should I do now cuz this may sound weird but my undrwear was my older sisters first and she has her period. But I was dry so will it happen again and should I tell my mom and should I start to carry a pad around and willy period come soon
thanks sooooooooooo much

Hey girlie,

If it looked dry and brown like a stain, it could have just been a stain from your sister that mom couldn't get out in the wash. Try wearing a different pair and seeing if it happens again. Either way, it's a good idea to carry a pad around just to be prepared! Smile

Lauren C.

by Gramsnacks on 1/10/2011 3:56:23 PM


MOD Okay so this is kind of a stupid question but next year I will have a locker and I was wondering what to do if I need to change my tampon? Should I put it in a pencil case or what?


Hey girlie, Pencil case, purse whatever you have available no worries 

Paige T.

by dancerhn on 1/9/2011 9:51:29 PM


MOD Ok so i keep feeling like i should start my period soon. I just have this feeling and i am always worried about it and that it will happen at school. I am 13. I have all the signs of PMS. What should i do.

Hey girlie! It could come anytime, so always be prepared. Always keep a few tampons and pads with you!
Marly Z.

by rbkitcat97 on 1/8/2011 8:03:24 PM


these are great tips! thanks Smile

by THATGIRLTHATSCRAZY on 1/8/2011 1:19:16 PM


Okay so i HATE having my period is there any way to make it better?

Hey girlie! Here are a couple of ways to help make your period more bearable. First, a healthy diet filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables plus water. Also partake in regular exercise, even it just means a nice long walk, in order to boost up endorphins (the body's natural pain killers). You can also engage in stress reducing activities such as yoga, massage and meditation
Jessica W.

by zap on 1/5/2011 10:42:48 AM


MOD MOD MOD! Okay so I am 11 years old and I don't have my period yet, but I usually get discharge almost every day for about 4-6 months now. But yesterday, 2 days ago, and about 4 days ago the discharge has been more gooey and stretchy and ropey. I know, gross. I heard this stuff could mean I'm ovulating. Plus, yesterday morning before school, I have a pain way down low in the right side of my stomach. Does this mean I am going to start my first period soon? I have started growing boobs and pubic hair about 2 1/2 years ago... so I'm afraid it is my period. But I'm not sure. Please help!! Thanks <3

Hey girl, it could be but it's hard to say. Give it a couple days and see what happens. Be sure your discharge doesn't smell too off too: if it has a cheesy smell and weird consistency, it could be the sign of an infection (eck!)

Alyssa B.

by ninabeanxoxo99 on 1/4/2011 12:41:15 PM


Mod mod mod soõ I've been verry mood swingy or I get really upset and mad and like jelouse easly. But ya I've meen getting mad really quick like today my mom was telling me that my room wasn't cleen but I cleaned it yesterday so I ignored her. Then later she came back and started telling me to g cean my room so I fot really mad and started yelling that I cleaned it the day before now I feel bad and I don't want any of this o happen again but what dod I do to calm my emotions Tuanks in advance


Hey girl, I'm so sorry to hear about the mood swings.  Unfortunately, that can be one of the downsides of going through puberty.  If you feel yourself about to blow, take a few deep breaths and count to 5 before you say anything.  That will give you a sec to cool down and choose your words carefully.  Try to do things to help yourself de-stress, like by eating healthy, working out, and doing things you enjoy to relax.  And when you do get harsh with someone, let them know you are sorry.  Also, consider reaching out to someone (like your mom) to tell them what you are going through.  They may not be able to change it, but having support can help.  xoxo

Marie H.

by Gramsnacks on 1/3/2011 11:00:57 PM


I'm 13 and I haven't had my period, but I have been showing signs that it is coming. How can I be prepared and am I late because most of my friends have started already?

Hey girl,

No way, you're not late at all! Sometimes girls get their periods early at 10 or 11 years old, but some girls get it as old as 16! It'll come when your bod is ready, so try not to compare yourself to your besties Smile You can't figure out exactly what day/month/year you'll get your period, but you can still be prepared. Carry a change of undies and a pad at the very bottom of your purse/backpack. That way, if you get it at school or somewhere else and aren't expecting it, you'll have all the supplies you need to stay fresh and clean til you can get home.

Lauren C.

by Catlover4723 on 1/3/2011 8:37:30 PM


Please help!I have all of the symptoms of a period coming.I was wondering how will I know I got my period?Will I feel as if I wet my pants?Or will i not notice?Also will it be easily seen on my underwear?
Sorry if these questions are wierd or personal!
Thanks sooo much!

Hey ZZ,

Nope - not too weird or too personal Smile we're here for any type of question! As for your period, yes you will feel a little wet in your underpants probably and you will definitely see it in your underwear. Usually periods start off light and brown, then progress to heavier and red. You'll probably catch it in its brown phase - just throw those undies in the wash and throw on a pad with a clean pair to stay fresh! 

Lauren C.

by ZoeeZebra251 on 1/3/2011 6:14:16 PM


Mod mod mod
ok I'm tottally cofused I started getting headches and acne in 5th grade and also started to discharge and I'm in 7th grade now so what does this mean?? Ok I have heard that u might start ur period the same age ur mom did is it true??? Thanks

Hey girlie,

Nope! You might start it at the same age as mom, but that'll only be a coincidence. You're your own person and will start whenever your own body is ready Smile As for the other stuff...that's great you've shown signs of puberty. That means you're well on your way to your first period! But unfortunately, you can't tell exactly when that first period will be. It could be next month or it could be a couple years from now! Just try to stay prepared (have pads at home and know what to expect) and relax in the meantime <3 

Lauren C.

by Brandi658 on 1/3/2011 6:11:52 PM


How do I know my period is coming? I had my first period on Dec. 10th and it's probably not regular yet and I don't want to be caught off guard, so how do I know it's coming?

Hey Girlie, most likely you will have swollen breasts and some discharge. just pay close attention to your body. 
Paige T.

by jayhawk94 on 1/2/2011 11:53:29 PM


Mod!!!! I've had my period twice... But today I got sooo much!!! Much more than usual! I was wearing a pantylimer but I still felt so damp!!! What do I do?? Thanks Smile

Hey girlie, I suggest getting a thicker absorbency pad 
Paige T.

by Tayincali on 1/2/2011 10:17:41 PM


I am very sleepy and I feel bloated. Could my period start soon? I have had discharge for a good year now.
Thanks! Smile

Hey girlie, those are definitely symptoms of your periods arrival  
Paige T.

by kaidenlefty41699 on 1/2/2011 9:41:04 PM


Thanks soo much!I went to my doctor for my check up in December 2009 and he said probably about another year so and my mom got hers around age 12 too so Im prepared for it!But thanks a bunch for everything!

by ZoeeZebra251 on 1/2/2011 6:27:15 PM


MOD, I haven't started my period yet but I have had the whole load of symptoms for the past week...insane cramps,emotional mood swings,discharge and what I believe is bloating.Could this mean my period is on the way? Thanks! -Z.Z.



Hey girly! It definately sounds like you might be PMS'ing. I can't say for sure, since I'm not a doc, but typically that's a sign that Aunt Flo is on her way.


Becca G.

by ZoeeZebra251 on 1/2/2011 6:06:12 PM


I got my last period back in like August or September and ever since then I've had a good bit of discharge like every day and I have to wear a pantyliner like everyday, and it's really annoying! There have been other signs that I'll get my period again soon, too, but they've been going on for like 2 or 3 weeks! What's goin on? Thanks in advance.

Hey! everyone's different so to get an accurate read on what's going on with you you should really talk to a doctor. good luck! 
Helen S.

by pinkandlime on 1/2/2011 3:33:24 PM


Thanks for the helpSmile

by TennisGirl17 on 1/2/2011 2:16:07 PM


Can leg cramps be caused by your period? Please answer ASAP!!

Hey girlie. I've never heard of periods causing leg cramps. Normally, periods cause cramps in your tummy. So, if you are having leg cramps, see a doctor or talk to your mom. 
Marly Z.

by Emmy101 on 1/1/2011 11:19:08 PM


I had really bad leg cramps last night and I am worried they might come back. How do I prevent them or stop them if they come back? Please answer soon!

Hey girlie! I'm not sure why you're getting leg cramps, so you should talk to your mom or doctor as soon as possible. 
Marly Z.

by Emmy101 on 1/1/2011 9:58:45 PM


When will I get my period?
Age- 14
Weight- 115
Height- 5'5"
I shave my legs and underarms, I have hair down there, I've had discharge for over a year, and I'm a 34A.

Hey girlie, there's no exact science for when you'll get your period. Ask your mom how old she was when she got yours and that will give you an idea of when you might be getting yours. 

Lauren T.

by bubblybee411 on 1/1/2011 5:00:19 PM


I think i am going to get my period soon. I have been having more discharge than usual, slight headaches, and haev been craving junk food. Do you think my period is coming? If so, what should i do to prepare?

hey! everyone's different so I can't be sure, but to prepare just get some pads and anything you might be craving Smile 
Helen S.

by paramoregurl on 1/1/2011 3:22:41 PM


My mom keeps giving me "the talks", i think im ready, im just worried it will happen at school! I DO NOT WANT IT TO HAPPEN AT SCHOOL!!! =(

by starburst<3 on 1/1/2011 1:15:44 AM


Thanks MOD! LaughingYou helped alot!!

by gummydinosaurs on 12/31/2010 12:59:29 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!! Yesterday i was at my friends house and i went upstairs to go to the bathroom. Thwen i called her name and i said i think i got my period. BUt it was more like bloody discharge and it was everywhere and she said it was and she had hers for 1 year. now that its been a day i think it went away!! WHAT HAPPENED!?!?!

Hey darling. When girls first get there period, it can be a little random sometimes. It all depends on each individual's body and its functions. I have a friend whose period only lasts for three days while mine lasts for five. You have to just let your period do its thing and just always be prepared by having either a pad or a tampon at all times. 
Jessica W.

by GummyDinosaurs on 12/31/2010 9:01:41 AM


is it normal for your lower back to hurt when you're on your period. mine always does.

Hey girlie! Absolutely. I have the same thing for when I'm on my period. It's just a form of cramps that comes and goes with your period. 
Jessica W.

by kgirlpanda on 12/31/2010 8:56:36 AM


this article really helped me today because i was on my period and i woke up with this huge headachs and alot of cramps then i crawled to the computer because i could not stand up cause of the pain and went on here and found this what a relif it was to see this article

by zoey1576 on 12/30/2010 9:55:56 PM


MOD MOD MOD Sorry i ment to say my breast are always tender even if i'm not on my period!



Hey again chica! It's totally normal for your breasts to be tender, and even painful at times when you're growing.


Becca G.

by jennyusa123 on 12/29/2010 9:00:19 PM


MOD MOD MOD! My breast are always even when i don't have my period is there something wrong with me?



Hey girly! I don't think I'm understanding the question. Your breasts are even? Isn't that a good thing?


Becca G.

by jennyusa123 on 12/29/2010 8:51:00 PM


Mod mod mod for the glee shirt what does it mean to Please enter your size (M)


Enter what shirt size you wear so you can win!

Elizabeth P.

by dancecrazy11 on 12/28/2010 7:56:55 PM


Dear GL, I Keep getting whitish yellowish stuff down under, is that normal?

by GLdependable:) on 12/28/2010 5:48:27 PM


Dear GL, i keep getting whitish yellowish stuff under there is that supposed to happen?? Frown

Hey girl, assuming it doesn't smell fishy or weird, I would say it's normal discharge and in that situation, it's perfectly natural.

Alyssa B.

by GLdependable:) on 12/28/2010 5:47:17 PM


Uggh! Having your period is no fun... trust me. But for me, my acne improved a lot after getting my period.

by lilgirlkt on 12/28/2010 3:24:15 PM


Thanks for this article!!! Smile

by cross_country.cocoa on 12/28/2010 2:10:18 PM


This is really helpful!

by Photochickie on 12/28/2010 12:50:10 PM


Dear GL,
Thank you so much for writing this article! This really helped a lot! I'm so glad I have this website to count on whenever I have a problem. Thanks again! Smile
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by HarryPotterFanClub on 12/28/2010 12:20:58 PM


for the give away today it says put in your size (M)... Does that mean you can only put in size M?

by 14lowem on 12/28/2010 8:55:20 AM


Dear Mod, Lately i've been have clear slimy stuff coming out from down there. Is that NORMAL?


Hey chica! It's def normal! Just some discharge. If you want to learn more head to

Caitlin F.

by isah gomez on 12/28/2010 2:58:29 AM


MOD MOD MOD MOD Right now I am lying in bed and my cramps are killing me. I have my laptop across my stomach ( cause the bottom gets kinda warm). My family is all asleep and I don't have a heating pad or any medication now. What should I do?


Hey girl! I know everyone's probably awake now, but next time you're in that situation go ahead and wake your mom up. Tell her what's going on and she can give you the medicine you need to help relieve the pain! I would also tell her now about it incase it does happen again and you really don't want to wake her up. This way you guys can be prepared! Good luck! Hope those cramps take a hike!

Caitlin F.

by sugar rushed on 12/28/2010 1:24:43 AM


Is there a better way to get rid of my black heads other than washing my face(not pot or pick ill scar) i use the strip on my nose but they are all over my face. what about steam does that open the pores?


Hey girl! Check out this link to an article about blackheads we wrote! It has some great tips to help keep those pesky blackheads away.

Caitlin F.

by wednesday1408 on 12/28/2010 1:17:27 AM


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by sugar rushed on 12/28/2010 1:05:46 AM


MOD MOD MOD MOD On the first days of my period I usually get pretty mild cramps. But I've been noticing that over the past couple months, my cramps only start after I lay down to go to bed. In the morning I feel fine and the same throughout the day. Is this normal? Or is it just coincidance?


Hey girl! That's completely fine! When you're laying in bed you're not doing anything so you have time to notice any cramps you may have. Plus, when you're moving around you're less likely to have them anyway. It's definitely normal, and if you want to help ease the pain some try keeping a heating pad next to your bed. It helps a bunch, just don't keep it on too long!

Caitlin F.

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by Club Advertisement on 12/27/2010 11:21:15 PM


mod! for some gross reason i break out and get pimples on my chest and boobs! its weeeird what can i do to stop it? thanks so much, happy holidays <3


Hey girl, body acne, although super-annoying and unfortunate, is totes normal.  You can deal with it in similar ways to the way you deal with acne on your face.  Check out this article for tips on dealing with it and preventing it:  xoxo

Marie H.

by partyy like a rockstar on 12/27/2010 10:43:49 PM


I get really bad cramps and i've always used a heating pad and it's always helped until my last period whrn it didn't. Anyone know why? Cuz i have no idea.

by catlover26 on 12/27/2010 10:01:48 PM


Hey girls
if you ever need advice on anything just come to my profile and leave your sitch in a comment there, I'll be sure to answer as quickly as possible Smile
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by twilightfan4ever0303 on 12/27/2010 9:44:12 PM


MOD i have a really bad cold my nose is all stuffed up my ears and neck hurt what can i do to feel better and get rid of my cold???


Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your cold!  To get over it quicker, make sure you are getting enough rest, drinking lots of fluids - and try some chicken soup!  You can also talk to a parent about getting some over-the-counter cold medicine.  Feel better!

Marie H.

by sparksfly13 on 12/27/2010 9:01:19 PM


I just recently got my period, so I know it's normal to be irregular but I got off my period about a week ago and i'm already feeling moody crampy and basically pms-y already. Do u think i'm gonna get my period again and if so is it normal to have two periods that close together?

Hey babe,

Like you said, it's totally normal for it to be irregular when you first start! Just be ready for it (carry pads and a change of undies just in case) and try to relax! Turn around your attitude by working out a little each day and doing things you enjoy - that'll pull ya out of any moody funk Smile If your period is consistently irregular (like over the course of months), you can ask your doc to make sure everything is progressing healthily. But just take a deep breath and wait this one out <3 

Lauren C.

by laughingfirecracker on 12/27/2010 6:58:27 PM


This is great advice...........but I won't hav to use it for a while.

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by cmn5297 on 12/27/2010 6:50:23 PM


Im 10 years old. I have acne. Im in the 5th grade....Does that mean I'll have my period soon?

by Aries327 on 12/27/2010 6:49:36 PM


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by kikidee12 on 12/27/2010 5:28:59 PM


i get really bad cramps when i am on my period..they are horrible!! i always drink this special tea for cramps and i put heat.. that's the only way my cramps stop.. even though sometimes it doesn't work.. i also exercise trust me all of this little things can help A LOT ;)

by sunshine96 on 12/27/2010 5:19:00 PM


MOD MOD only 10 years old 4th grade my mom, aunt,grandmother say that my thighs are getting big so is my stomch i just got the kinect xbox 360 for christmas but on wensday we are taking it back to get a new one they was saying in middle school people make fun of you epasillay boys i dnt want to stay (FAT)they was saying if i keep eating ill have heart problems plz help P.S if your advice work i swear i would go to girlslife everyday and love it more then i do THANKS

Hey babe,

The best thing to do is to make a work out schedule to make sure you exercise at least 60 minutes every day. Make sure your workouts are fun and vary it up each day so you don't get bored! Read our workout tips some ideas for your own routine Smile Pair that with good food choices and you'll be set! You don't necessarily need to stop eating all the junk food, but you need to cut back. Eat three meals a day and, if you crave a snack, make it a small portion that is healthy, like fruit or veggies or a granola bar. It won't happen overnight, but make your goal "Getting Healthy" and you'll start feeling better soon!

Lauren C.

by dancecrazy11 on 12/27/2010 4:39:16 PM


thanks, a bunch when i get my period i get migrains and really bad ones, so bad that if i stand up i barfFrown
plus it runs in the fam

by Lindsey Nicole on 12/27/2010 3:45:24 PM


Thanks so much for this!
When I get my period at school, I have the wost cramps, I have to go see the secretary.
I think I'll try the heat on my stomach.
Thank you so much!


by Pretty Much Becca on 12/27/2010 3:24:46 PM


mod mod mod wat if i get my period during swim practice or skool and it leaks through like any examples of wat to say to cover it up??


Hey girlie. Why not wear tampons? It won't leak.

Elizabeth P.

by swimstarry on 12/27/2010 2:40:53 PM


mod mod moddy mod lol thnx and wat should i do if i get my period in skool and it leaks through?? i go to private skool so they have extra uniforms in the locker rooms but any examples of wat i could say to cover it up if anyone notices? thnx so much!


Hey girlie. Wear a pantyliner when you think you are getting your period and keep a tampon in your purse just in case. That way you won't have to worry about it leaking.

Elizabeth P.

by swimstarry on 12/27/2010 2:24:23 PM


I get really claustrophobic when i get my period. I end up moving a lot of furniture around in my room and then i usually break out sobbing in frustration at how heavy everything it. What can i do instead of moving everything around?

Hey girlie. WHy not work on maybe clearing your room out--getting rid of things that bather you or you no longer need.
Elizabeth P.

by jingle636 on 12/27/2010 1:04:48 PM


ok so i have a bit of a problem. right now i have an 100 degree fever and im stuck in my bed, which is a loft. to get out would mean id have to climb down a ladder. this morning i realized while i was sleeping i had gotten my period so i climbed down and put in a tampon, but then on my way back i almost threw up(i didnt know i had a fever) and now ive had the tampon in for 2 and a half hours and i can feel it bleed through! i also know that at some point im going to have to change it anyway cause i dont want to get TSS but im worried that if i get out of bed im going to throw up!
thx in advance

Hey girlie. Sounds like a tough situation on your hands, but you might have to go down that ladder one more time, for as you said you don't want to get TSS. Do have any pads on hand? If you do, just take the tampon out and put on a pad (or if you don't have one, just wrap a bunch of TP around your panty - believe me, I have done it quite a few times) so that you don't have to keep getting up to put in a tampon. You might have to throw up again, but believe me, it's a lot better than risky TSS.
Jessica W.

by xoxoxo1234 on 12/27/2010 12:23:04 PM


I have all off these symptoms but im only 10. the only one i don't have is acne.Should I start carrying around a pad in my backpack?(Im in the 5th grade)

Hey girlie. That wouldn't be a bad idea. Sometimes girls don't get all those symptoms before their period, but it can still come at anytime. Just make sure to watch out for spotting, and if you see some, apply either a pad or a pantyliner. 
Jessica W.

by Khelsea on 12/27/2010 12:06:33 PM


I don't have my period (im 13!) But i get all sensitive and I cry alot sometimes.. it was happening a few weeks ago but now im fine. I just start crying over the littlest things and get all upset!

Hey girlie! This could be the first signs of you getting your period. Typically, before periods, girls might have mood swings. Look out for spotting and make sure to have a pad handy for your period may be coming soon. 
Jessica W.

by frostybunny9 on 12/27/2010 11:48:06 AM


This is very helpful. Smile Me and my bestie are on our periods right now and she was like im sad but i dont know why, and i was like "oh, its ur period. Ur getting mood swingy." and i kept picking on her for being moody. lol ut she knows id never pick on her forreal.

by EgirlH.97 on 12/27/2010 10:41:59 AM


i passed out on my cousin's bathroom because my cramps were so bad before!

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