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Why is wearing a pad so uncomfortable?

Whenever that "time-of-the-month" comes around, I always have issues with my pad. What can I do to make it feel better?
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In school i don't want to be wearing a pad and have it looking like i'm wearing a diaper. I don't think in my house we wear tampons. So how do i have it look like i'm not wearing a diaper? and not feel like it?


Hey destine02, unless your pad is really really big, no one will ever be able to tell you're wearing one. So no worries about that girl! Xoxo Smile 

Lynae P.

by destine02 on 8/11/2013 9:05:47 PM


This friday I'm going to my best friends pool party/sleepover and I've been getting signs that my first period is coming and I don't know how to use a tampon and I don't want to use one because I'm not totally positive that I'm getting it on friday so is there a way to casually use a panty liner with a bathing suit?

by jellybean101 on 9/7/2011 9:30:43 PM


Oh, I HATE my "time of month"! I get these HORRIBLE cramps the day before. I had homework and my cramps were so bad that I didn't want to work. And to top it off, my week was FULL of sporting events! The next day I had Sports Day (a day where each class competes to win against thier grad level), the next day we went to watch the little kids Sports Day, the next day we did the same thing and I had an 4 to 5 hour track meet right after school. And then the day after the track meet I had another Sports Day cuz ours got partally rained out. And Friday I had a soccer game..... Ya..... Even my mom said that, "Having your first period on this week must really stink!"

by Cra-Z-Brunette on 7/15/2011 5:08:27 PM


I love tampons! I tried them for the first time this past month, I had been having my period for a year & a half. On my first time of trying them the tampon went in very smoothly and I couldn't even tell it was in! For any of you girls that want to try tampons but are a little scared don't be! I really like U by kotex click regular flow tampons. I would suggest trying tampons when your flow is heaviest for easy insertion.

by Freakyfastattrack on 6/26/2011 2:01:31 PM


What is discharge? Is it like clearish/yellowish sticky leaking liquid? if so I have had that for a few weeks now and it is really annoying. Does that mean I will get my period soon? I am only 12. Thanks! Lauren C.

by Scooby239 on 5/23/2011 8:49:24 PM


I haven't had my period in over 4 months and I'm on my third year of having my period. Usually i skip my period every other month and my doctor said that was normal. But why would i be missing it for so long now?

by selenagomezrox107 on 5/23/2011 5:25:15 PM


i have the same question but with tampons :/

by sunshine96 on 5/23/2011 3:27:24 PM


like 2 months ago i got spotting in my underwear and then a month later now it stopped im only 10. my mom got her period when she was 13

Hey girlie. It should be coming. Just be prepared Smile
Marly Z.

by iloveecco on 5/11/2011 6:20:32 PM


i havent got my period but i just started having cramps and headaches and other common symptoms, i have my dance recital in about a week, should i wear a pad in case i get it on stage? also, ive been having discharge for a while.

Hey girlie. You could def wear a pad if you're really worried about it. I'm sure you're getting closer to the time, but ya never know the exact day, so just try to stay prepared and keep a pad or tampon with you at all times.
Marly Z.

by Abigaildancer13 on 4/18/2011 5:25:50 PM


So I have only gotten my period 3 times total, and now I stopped getting them completely. I got my first one earlier this year, and the other 2 were spaced out about a month and a half. I haven't had a period for a little over 4 months now, and I'm starting to get worried. My mom says I shouldn't worry about it because this is still the first year I've gotten my period and I've only had 3 total, but I'm worried that something could be wrong with me. Should I see a doctor or something? Please help. Thanks!

Hey girl,

Mom's right - your first year of your period can be super irregular, so usually you shouldn't worry at all. But it's understandable that you're concerned since you haven't had it for so long now. Try explaining to her that you understand periods are irregular in the beginning, but you're really worried that it has been this long. Ask her if you could make an appointment with your doctor just to get more information, or even if she could call the doctors office to get your questions answered. It's worth it to put your mind at ease with a professional's opinion! 
Lauren C.

by rachel82496 on 4/11/2011 10:51:18 PM


k so i came home from school today and my under wear was full of dark brown stuff.. like DARK BROWN. Im pretty sure its my period because its never happened before.. soo anyways I cleaned up and put on a pad... i guess this isnt really a question but... umm idk i mean i think i just got my period..?!

Hey! yes it sounds that way, sometimes it can be brown. 
Helen S.

by frostybunny9 on 4/8/2011 4:23:32 PM


MODS -okay so i am 13 and whenever i get my period i'm fine with it, but i would really like to be able to wear a tampon instead of pads! i have tried the smallest tampon you can get but it just hurts too much to use one, please help! thank you!


Hey girlie! The only way a tampon would hurt is if it is either too big for your flow or if you don't have it in correctly, Check out this article on how to insert a tampon: 


Brittany G.

by kkkal on 4/2/2011 12:35:44 PM


mod mod mod mod...(:
I don't understand when you get your period. Does it come every month? If so, does it come everyday that month? How many times does it come that month? Please explain the concept to me? Thanks Mod's<3(:

Hey girlie. No problem. You should get your period once a month. It will probably last from 3-7 days of each month. Every girl is a bit different. Some girls won't get it every month and will have an irregular cycle. Hope that helps! 
Marly Z.

by LoveHappens on 3/28/2011 5:08:43 PM


I have a question that i need an answer to. I have been having leaks for about the past 6 months. They are usually very small leaks, but it is very uncomfortable to have little wet spots until they dry. At home i change, but I sometimes go though 5 pairs of underwear a day! Does this mean I could start wearing pads??? My mom got her period when she was 16. I'm 13, so I probably will get mine at the same age, but should I wear pads now to stop all this leaking? it's driving me crazy. hope you can help me!

Hey girlie. You're probably getting discharge. Look into wearing pantyliners. They are thiner than a normal pad and will keep ya dry! 
Marly Z.

by rachelrox123 on 3/28/2011 4:21:15 PM


look, i just started on march 3 and i tried puting a tampon in and it didnt hurt!

by ily-katlyn on 3/27/2011 8:14:03 PM


ok so im 14 and in the 9th grade and reaaally skinny. like i wear a 0. and i still havent started my period and all my friends have. ive had discharge since last november and im starting to worry. is this normal???

Hey girlie. It's very normal. Some girls don't start until they're 16. It just depends on the girl. You will get yours soon enough!  
Marly Z.

by malibu96 on 3/21/2011 6:25:15 PM


on the first day of your period, should the flow be lighter? cause when I've spotted before, i couldn't tell the difference in my flow. but today, i went to the bathroom and my panties were black and soaked, and i hadn't even realized i started or anything! thanks in advance Smile xoxo

Hey girlie. I think every girl is a bit different. Keep track of your period to see how heavy the flow normally is.  
Marly Z.

by lalaland97 on 3/21/2011 6:17:37 PM


Mod! Mod!
I hate wearing pads so I tried tampons, but i'm not sure if they are fitting right. The string hangs down really far, so I think the tampon is not far enough "up". Help!

Hey girlie. That is probably the problem. When you insert the applicator, push it up further so that when you insert the tampon, it's comfortable. It takes a few times to get it right.
Marly Z.

by BeachBabe5432 on 3/14/2011 6:44:15 PM


Ok I have a strange question... Every guy that I have ever dated has always asked me if I wear a thong. Why does it matter so much for them? Not all of the guys that I've dated have been players so thats not it, but why does that matter so much to them? I feel uncomfortable answering that question but I don't want to feel like a loser so i usually do. I feel so embarrassed when I answer them because I don't wear a thong.
Thanks for all of MOD's help!

Hey girlie -- you should ask them! Especially if you are uncomfortable with answering that question -- it's the only way to get a straight answer, not to mention from the source Smile

Brittany G. 
Brittany G.

by sportygrl_101 on 3/11/2011 10:40:34 PM


MOD I want to wear thong underwear but should I wear a pantliner with it? I have tried and its uncomfortable but I do get a fair amount of discharge...what should I do?

hey! don't they make panty liners that are cut specifically for thongs? I would check that out.
Helen S.

by dancerhn on 3/11/2011 2:22:00 PM


mod mod mod mod
my bgf is wondering if the girls life magazine and the website is only for girls. and if it would be creepy if he started reading the articles and making an account ??
thank you !!


Hey girlie. He can make an account with us if he would like! 

Elizabeth P.

by emmiecandy on 3/11/2011 2:11:59 PM


I tried tampons for the first time and loved them, but the only thing was I couldn't get it out... I had to pull it pretty hard and it hurt a little... I hate pads... I honestly can't bare with them so is there anyway to make sure that it won't hurt to take out my tampon even on lighter flow days?

Hey girl, it really all comes with practice. I'd suggest taking it slow the first couple of times and make sure you're inserted it correctly. Be gentle and you'll get the right maneuver down in no time.

Alyssa B.

by inluvwithboyz on 3/10/2011 11:58:04 PM


MOD MOD MOD! ive had my irregular period for about 2 years now. I havent had it in 7 months. i got it again this week. first it was heavy with blood clots and everything (for one day) then it got lighter and lighter (with brown clumps ect), now it is heavy again (not as heavy as the first day, but still heavy). is this normal? and when will it end? Frown



Hey chica! I would definately talk to your doc about this. He or she can analyze your diet and exercise habits to see if that has anything do with your period. Smile


Becca G.

by PinkSushi on 3/6/2011 6:23:37 PM


okay so I'm going to the circus and going swimming tomorrow (with my fam and my friends) I started my period on wednesday (not for the first time I've had it for almost 2 years) I've tried using a tampon (five times) and I can get it in but it still sticks out like half an inch. It absolutely will not go in any farther, I've tried for hours. I want to go swimming but I've tried on my suit with the tampon sticking out a little bit and it is really noticable! Please help what should I do cuz my friend and everybody will bother me if I don't go swimming! THX

hey! just keep trying you'll get it! sometimes it's helpful to look at the instructions that come with the box. good luck! 
Helen S.

by pinkypi26 on 3/4/2011 4:38:46 PM


Mod mod mod mod
I had my first period in November for a week and everything, but I haven't had it since. Is that too irregular? I think I might get it soon though but I'm not sure...

by LuckyDucky14 on 2/28/2011 10:00:40 AM


Ive had my period for a little over a year now and it can be quite irregular- some months its 3 or4 days before the proper date which is fine but other months it can be like over a week late?is this normal? i haven't had one now for ove two weeks but mymum says its normal cuz ive only had it for around a year and that it comes late if your stressed? xxx

Hey girlie, everything your mom is telling you is true. It's nothing to be worried about it. If it doesn't come after a couple more weeks then you might want to ask about seeing a doctor. 
Lauren T.

by taylorswiftxx on 2/26/2011 8:10:46 PM


Simply get a smaller pad

by Noissap on 2/22/2011 9:53:26 PM


mod! so i tried a tampon, but i dont think i put it on right?!?!? how do i know??


Hey girlie. Check out our period section on GL!

Elizabeth P.

by mookie98 on 2/22/2011 7:49:46 PM


Mod mod mod mod mod!!!!
MY period is brown!?!?! should i be concerned??


Hey chica, your period shouldn't be bright red, but if it's completely brown, you might wanna check it out! Chances are, you're fine, but still look into it.

Clare W.

by mookie98 on 2/22/2011 3:23:06 PM


MOD MOD MOD: Every time I'm on my period my BFFL tells EVERYONE about it. It is so embarrasing! For instance; One day I left early from school just because my mom thought it would be nice to pick me up early to go shopping since I had been feeling sad lately. I just happened to be on my period and my friend told EVERYONE! I died of embarrasment. Everyone knows I have my period now. Help?!?

Bonjour chicky! That's a tough situation you have there. You need to tell your friend that you don't like her telling the world that you are on your period. If she continues to do it though, then next time Aunt Flo comes to visit, don't tell anyone - except your mom of course.

Jessica W.

by Aquarius1998 on 2/21/2011 12:08:23 PM


MODMODMOD! I've had my period for 2 years now and I've been discharging for the past 2 weeks but it still hasn't come. Is this normal? What should I do? please help.

Bonjour chicky! Sometimes when our diet's changed or we're under a lot of stress, our period can take a bit longer to come than normal. If it's been more than two months since your last period then I would recommend seeing a doctor

Jessica W.

by pophotgirl101 on 2/21/2011 8:46:59 AM



by cre8tive_2114 on 2/16/2011 10:05:17 AM


Mod mod
ok whenever im not on my period i think about it way to much and i just get out of my mind can plz tell me someways to stop worrying bout it plz

Bonjour chicky! Try some meditative activities to get your mind off of your period. We can show you how to do it here:

Jessica W.

by sushi90 on 2/16/2011 8:53:45 AM


I still can't wear a tampon.:/

by i_luv_devin on 2/16/2011 1:38:37 AM


There is this guy that I used to have a crush on, but I decided to give up because I saw that he was interested in some other girls. We used to be friends and talk a lot, but I didn't see him and now it got sort of awkward. Anyway, it's been two years since then, we haven't talked in two years, and he's currently single. My BFF who was with me the first time still thinks we make the ideal couple, and she's very, very good when it comes to what guys are thinking. She wants me to become re-aquainted with him and hopefully score myself a date, but I'm always so nervous about approaching him. The only time I see him is at lunch or walking back from lunch, and I'm scared because he's one of the most popular boys and I'm considered much lower. When we were friends he never seemed to care, but I'm scared I'll get poked fun at by the people he sits with. Help?

Hey girl,  I doubt you'll get made fun of. Don't worry about reputations or perceived status. You're fine just the way you are. Be friendly to this guy and ask how his classes are going. You guys were friends before. No reason why you can't pick that friendship back up gradually.

Alyssa B.

by JAZSAYWHAT?! on 2/15/2011 11:10:14 PM


Okay, I haven't had my period yet. I'm not really scared for it to come either though, but my mom keepes talking about it and it embaresses me. Then I'm in a bad mood all day and I won't even look at my mom. Then she gets upset because I won't talk to her. She gets miserable. What should I do?

by ANorwood99 on 2/15/2011 10:22:14 PM


Mod mod
I take gymnastics and when I do some of my tricks, I hit my boobs. It sort of hurts but I just ignore it. Is this healthy for my boobs? If not, then what should I do about it?

Hey girl, I'd be sure to just wear a sports bra when exercising to make sure they're guarded. It's natural for it to hurt if you hit that area though.

Alyssa B.

by SummerButterflies on 2/15/2011 10:10:54 PM


mod mod mod mod!!!!!!!!
what is best for your period a pad or tampon? Every time i try a pad it's to wide even the really thin ones. I also hear that tampons hurt when you walk around and stuff. Another thing is that the summer is approaching and what do i do if i'm on my period and i want to go swimmming? I don't like my period at all am i the only one?


Hey girlie. Either work. Tampons can be more comfortable once you get used to them and are perfect for swimming and working out. And no, you are not the only one! I think at first girls are excited because it's new. But I, personally, was never the biggest fan of my period. It can be such a hassle and put you in a bad mood : ( But as women, we must go through it. I think it makes us stronger in the end ; )

Elizabeth P.

by em11ily on 2/15/2011 7:15:13 PM


I really want to use tampons but my mom said I shouldn't yet...and to be honest....I am scared! Help?

by topchef88 on 2/15/2011 5:35:16 PM


Im on my period right now & i use big pads so whatever the flow, I dont have to feel selfconsious about it leaking through my pants =/

by Filaluvva on 2/15/2011 5:04:16 PM


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And anything else you can think of! And if I can't answer your question, I'll try to point you to someone who can. So if you need help now, leave a comment on my profile. I promise to get back to you ASAP. And I come on GL usually at least once a day, so I'll get back to you pretty soon.

by supersingershannon on 2/15/2011 4:05:24 PM


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Love always, kikidee12

by kikidee12 on 2/15/2011 2:25:22 PM


tampons are SOO much better!! Marly Z.

by *Sigh* on 2/15/2011 10:23:52 AM


MOD! ! I still haven't received my Feb/Mar issue of Girl's Life. I announced on the Help! page that I hadn't received it in the missing or damaged section. When will I get my issue?

Hey girlie. Give the mail a little more time. If you don't receive it in the next couple weeks, tell us again! 
Marly Z.

by jamieonarainyday on 2/15/2011 10:15:28 AM

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