Periods

To get you started on your periods, we’ve made a very simple period guide to start you and your period off on the right foot.

Why your period stopped (secondary amenorrhoea)

We go through all the reasons your period may have stopped, from being pregnant to being on a crazy diet or even being too skinny. Your period shouldn't be stopping, so find out why and fix it.

What is free bleeding?

Free bleeding is a term used to describe a lack of impediment of menstrual blood - a pad, tampon or menstrual cup - out of the body and into your clothes (or cool period undies!).

6 great period tips and tricks for beginners

Tips and tricks for navigating periods: work smarter, not harder.

Understanding light or irregular periods (oligomenorrhoea)

Irregular periods are a cause for pause, as they indicate that a healthy menstrual cycle is not occurring when it should be.

The facts about toxins in tampons

Tampons are thought to be pretty safe to use.

Having sex with a tampon in, and tricks for sneakily taking it out

Tampon sex has its pros and cons.

How tampons work

Tampons are convenient, but they can also have unwanted effects on your vagina.

What to expect from your period

We go over what you should expect from your first ever periods and talk over how to manage them, including what products to buy, how to predict your periods, and what cramps mean.

What your period blood colour and consistency means

Wondering what clots in your period mean? Why period might be brown sometimes? What bleeding between periods could indicate? We explain the different colours, consistencies and (ir)regularities of your period.

Why tampons don’t fall out

Why can't a tampon just fall right out? We explain.

Understanding toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare Staph infection that gets into the blood, which has been associated with leaving tampons in for too long.

Study: How early life circumstances affect menarche and menopause

We examine a review of how childhood experiences impact menarche and menopause.

Aunt Vadge: tampon starts to fall out after 15 mins

A 15-year-old is having trouble with tampons falling out. See how she can fix it.

What’s the difference between PMS and PMDD?

Understanding the difference between PMS and PMDD.

How to use sanitary pads and pantyliners

Pads and panty liners are an option for when you have your period to collect the blood that comes out of your vagina. Pads are used for heavier flows, while panty liners can be used for light flow or protecting your underwear from regular vaginal fluids.

Periods

Periods can give you plenty of grief across your life, with period pains, blood going everywhere, ruined underwear, money spent on products, and the mood swings. Learn more so you can manage your periods better.

Dioxins in US tampons – why it isn’t a concern

Dioxins are one of the 'dirty dozen' worst toxic pollutants.

Period undies and swimwear

Period undies are changing the way we have periods, since now you can just free bleed into your underwear, and they're so high-tech that you won't leak or even feel wet. Use with tampons or by themselves, for periods or stress urinary incontinence.

Causes of heavy periods

Heavy periods can be caused by (paradoxically) being low in iron, having hormonal imbalances, or even having liver issues.

How to get hormone and blood testing

Learn how to get hormone testing on the right day for the most useful results, and what to do with the results.

How to put in a tampon

If you are new to tampons, follow this straightforward guide and get it right first time.

Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups work as a tampon or pad alternative: rinse and reuse it so you save money, reduce your impact on the environment and try something new.

Aunt Vadge: I yanked a tampon out and now it hurts

Yanking out a tampon has caused urinary and vaginal pain at her next period. Why?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

Premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are both variations on the same theme: premenstrual symptoms that range from mildly annoying to deeply disturbing.

The invention of tampons

A short history of tampons.

Aunt Vadge: Do I have a short vagina?

Does she have a short vagina or is she just doing it all wrong?

Hormones and the menstrual cycle

When we are fertile, when we get our periods, and how we feel is all down to hormonal balance in our bodies.

Aunt Vadge: I took a dry tampon out and now I’m bleeding

A dry tampon pulled out has resulted in bleeding. Where is the blood coming from?

Is my period pain normal?

Period pain can be severe, but is this normal? We discuss what's normal and what's not.

Tampon absorbency ratings

What tampon absorbency ratings mean.

Reasons you don’t have your period yet

If your period has never come, and you are older than 15, then you need to have some investigations done into why not.

Aunt Vadge: my period gives me the jeeb and now I’ve hurt myself

What do you do if seeing your period creeps you out?

Tampons being used to find sewerage in rivers

Tampons are being used as glowing beacons of pollution.

What to do if you lose your tampon

Safe tips on how to get your lost tampon out, even if it's sideways!

Understanding and treating period pain

Understanding what type of period pain you are experiencing is important when deciding on treatments.

Periods: hygiene and etiquette

How to avoid grossing out the people you care about with your period.

The smell of blood – why your period smells metallic

Ever wondered why blood smells metallic? We've found out for you! Plus some interesting science tidbits about humans and the smell of blood.

Review: VH Essentials PMS Daytime Symptom Relief – what is it and what does it do?

We discuss the product to see how it works.

How nature figures out when we get our periods

We look over a study that figured out that girls with older sisters got their periods later than girls without.



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