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What are tampons?

Most tampons are made from a cotton like material, which is compressed into a small cylinder shape. Tampons are worn inside your vagina to absorb menstrual fluid. There are two different types of tampon, known as applicator and non-applicator and these give you a choice about how you insert them.

Why is period blood different?

Menstrual blood is not the same as the blood you see when you cut yourself elsewhere on the body. Menstrual fluid lines the walls of your uterus and is called endometrium; this is a mixture of blood, tissue cells and natural secretions from the vagina and cervix and is not toxic or harmful in any way.

How long will I have periods for?

On average you can menstruate for up to 40 years, with 13 periods each year, that’s a whopping 520 periods in a lifetime! So now you can see why it’s important to understand your menstrual cycle and use the correct products for your flow.

How much blood is in a period?

It can look like there is an awful lot of blood being lost but don't worry! You’ll be surprised to learn that for people with an average menstrual flow, no more than 2.5 tablespoons or an egg cup full of blood is released each month.

What colour is a period?

Menstrual fluid is not always red in colour – it can vary from very light brown to dark red (almost black) and this is perfectly normal. Your period may be lighter in colour at the start or you may only experience a lighter colour on the last couple of days... It all depends on your individual flow!

Will my period stop if I go in water?

You may have heard the rumour that periods stop in water due to water pressure, or depending on how cold the water is and therefore you don’t need to use any protection at all. This is NOT TRUE, menstrual fluid is released when the muscles surrounding your uterus contract and they can do this anywhere and anytime, even in water. So make sure you're always protected - a tampon is the best option because it's worn internally.

What do I do with used tampons?

Don’t flush your used tampon down the loo! Instead roll it up in tissue and pop it in a bin in the toilets or with other household waste.

When am I going to get breasts?

Breast development can start from the age of 7 -15 with the average being around 9-13, so don’t worry if your friends start developing or wearing bras before you, we are all different and it’s not a competition!

Periods FAQs

Can I have sex when I'm on my period?

Yes you can. In rare instances, you can still get pregnant. You should also bear in mind that you can still catch a sexually transmitted disease when on your period

Will I smell when I’m on my period?

You might notice a slight odour when you're on your period. Tampons can help with this because they're worn inside your body. If you prefer to use pads, make sure to change them regularly if you notice a strong odour.

What do I do if my period has stained my clothes?

First off, don't panic, it happens to all of us at some point in our lives! The key is to treat the stain as soon as possible with cold water. Hot water causes the stain to heat and seep deeper into the fabric, so cold water is absolutely key! Hold the stained item taut under running cold water and you may find this gets all of the blood out. If not, give the stain a rub with some soap or laundry detergent and put it in the washing machine. Remember, some stains can be really stubborn so don't give up if it doesn't work straight away, they may just need another wash. Also, if you're pushed for time and can't wash your items straight away, pop them in cold water to soak - it'll make it much easier to deal with the stain later if it hasn't had the opportunity to dry!

How will the contraceptive pill affect my periods?

Some brands of contraceptive pills can reduce your flow or shorten the length of your period. Your doctor or nurse will discuss this with you during your consultation.

My periods are really heavy, which products should I use?

You've got lots of options available. Lil-Lets Non-Applicator Ultra Tampons have the highest absorbency in the UK and are great for extremely heavy periods. If you prefer to use an applicator tampon, our super plus extra applicator tampons are a really good choice too.

What can I do to relieve my period pain?

Although you may not feel like doing it at the time, stretching or gentle exercise will ease this discomfort. Healthy eating is also known to help relieve any period pain. Alternatively, treat yourself to a relaxing bath or cuddle up on the sofa with a hot water bottle.

If none of these help, your local pharmacy can give you guidance on suitable pain relief.

Maternity FAQs

Am I pregnant?

As most of us know, the earliest sign is a missed period but this could also be down to stress or other factors. The easiest and quickest way to answer your question is to take a home pregnancy test, which can be taken from the first day of your missed period. They're usually pretty reliable but if you're unsure, contact your GP and get booked in.

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

In most cases it's totally safe to have sex when pregnant, though you may want to avoid putting too much pressure on your bump and breasts! If you have a high-risk pregnancy or have had any bleeding then it's worth consulting your midwife or doctor first, just to be on the safe side.

Will I still have post-partum bleeding if I have a c-section?

Unfortunately the answer is yes. As the bleeding is mostly the lining of the womb it's totally normal to have vaginal bleeding after a caesarean, just as you would for a vaginal birth.

Can I use a tampon after birth?

We would advise against this straight after birth as your vagina needs time to heal and using internal protection could increase the risk of infection. You're best to wait for your 6 week check, where your midwife will inform you if you're okay to use tampons.

Menopause FAQs

What should I use for really heavy periods?

Everyone is unique so here at Lil-Lets we have 6 absorbencies to cover every flow, even if you're really heavy. We'd recommend trying our Super Plus Extra or Ultra Non-Applicator tampons - lots of menopausal women say they're a life saver!

When will I start the menopause?

Just like starting your period, there's no definitive way of knowing when you'll start the menopause. Women are usually in their late 40's or early 50's when the transition starts but this could depend on genetics etc.

How do I prevent hot flushes?

Unfortunately there's no magic formula but alcohol, caffeine and stress can be triggers so it may be best to cut consumption of those down.

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Breast Development

The most common first sign of change, breasts can start developing two years before her first period. She may start to feel self-conscious and be wondering when and if she needs to wear a bra but might be too embarrassed to ask. Why not try giving some gentle guidance and offer to take her shopping for her first bra fitting? Don’t be disappointed or surprised if she declines though, she might need more time so try again in a few months.

Discharge in underwear

This is something lots of teens ask about, so we know it’s a common concern. Discharge is one of the clearest signs that a period is about to start. It’s completely normal for discharge to vary in colour throughout the month from clear to creamy yellow.

You could suggest your daughter uses panty liners to help her feel fresh and clean, it’s why we designed liners especially for them. They’re smaller in length, narrower and come in re-sealable pouches, perfect for storing discreetly in a school or sports bag.

Body shape and size

Weight and the worry about weight gain can be part and parcel of puberty. Hips may become wider and the tummy a little rounder, but it’s important your daughter knows these changes are a sign that she’s normal and healthy so should be celebrated.

Puberty is such a busy time for the body, it is vital your teen eats a healthy diet. Perhaps consider increasing mealtime portions, if she feels the need to snack a lot between meals.

Pubic and underarm hair

It’s only natural that sprouting body hair might make your daughter self-conscious. She might want to remove it ASAP. We hear from girls as young as 10 wanting to know how to remove hair from their legs, underarms, and pubic area! So, if you find your daughter is one of them, the decision about whether she removes any hair must be yours. If you say no, perhaps suggest discussing it again in six months’ time, rather than closing the door on the subject altogether.

Personal hygiene and skincare

OK, so she might be hogging the bathroom longer than you’d like, but she’s trying to get to grips with lots of change. She’ll probably sweat more, need to wash her hair more often, and potentially have a few spots on her face or back.

To make this time positive and less stressful for her, why not help your daughter find some toiletries of her own and offer advice on a good skincare routine, reassuring her that the odd breakout of spots is completely normal.

Mood swings

Can you remember your pubescent years? Happy one minute, angry, frustrated, and tearful the next! The teenage years can be a rollercoaster of emotions; and while it’s a strain on her, both physically and mentally, it can be hard on those close by too.

But it’s good to talk, so why not wait until things have calmed and then let her know you understand what she’s going through and offer to listen when she wants to talk.

Signs of puberty in girls can be both obvious and subtle, but however your daughter is developing, make sure that you are equipped to give her the care and support that she needs. 

Frequently asked questions

What are organic tampons made of?

Lil-Lets organic tampons are made from 100% organic cotton certified to the GOTS standard (Global Organic Textile Standard) and approved by the ICEA. 

These standards ensure that our organic tampons are GM-free and are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers (or potentially toxic pesticides).

You might wonder why organic tampons are often a little more expensive than standard tampons, and it’s because of these special conditions required for growing organic cotton.

Do organic tampons contain plastic?

Lil-Lets organic tampons are 100% plastic free Our tampons used to be wrapped in cellophane, which is a wood pulp-based material. Although cellophane is a more sustainable alternative to plastic, we challenged ourselves to be better… That’s why we’re now wrapping our tampons in NatureFlex™ film.

So, what is NatureFlex™? It’s still a wood pulp-based material (with the wood pulp being sourced from responsibly-managed forests) but it’s fully biodegradable, to all the top compostability standards. That means you can pop it in your garden waste bin or home compost heap and it won't emit any nasties as it breaks down.

Do organic tampons contain any harmful chemicals?

Lil-Lets organic tampons are also made without the use of perfumes or dyes and have been tested for all harmful chemicals to the Oeko-Tex Standard.

Are organic tampons biodegradable?

Lil-Lets organic cotton tampons are made from 100% cotton, containing no plastic, and will eventually biodegrade.

Are organic tampons flushable?

It is really important not to flush any tampons down the toilet! They should be disposed of with normal household waste or in the sanitary bins in toilet cubicles.

If you flush a tampon (whether it’s made from cotton or viscose) it can’t easily break up in the sewer and can cause blockages. If it does make it to the sewage treatment works, it will be caught by the filters and will need to be removed. This waste will then either go off to landfill or be incinerated! The best advice is just to put in it the bin, where it can go straight to landfill or incineration and save your tampon from a detour via the sewer!

So, you are completely in the know, you can dispose of the cardboard carton with your household recycling. Whilst the polypropylene wrapper is recyclable, not all areas of the country collect this type of plastic.

Are organic tampons better for managing my period?

No matter which of our tampons you choose (Lil-Lets organic or our main range) you’re choosing a product that’s free from nasties and trusted by millions.

You may have heard that organic tampons are more absorbent than other tampons, but this is not the case. All brands, and types, of tampon must comply with safety guidelines.

This means, for example, that any mini absorbency tampon in SA will have the same 6 – 9 gram absorbency rating regardless of what brand it is, or what material it is made from.

Are organic tampons better for the environment?

Organic cotton fibres are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or potentially toxic pesticides that could harm wildlife and rivers, as well as the health of farmers. On top of this, organic farming practices ensure carbon dioxide is locked into the soil, helping to mitigate climate change.

Here at Lil-Lets, we are environmentally conscious. This is why we’ve also chosen to create a Lil-Lets organic tampon range, using 100% pure organic cotton and the viscose used in our main range of tampons comes from FSC certified sustainable forests within Europe.

We’ve been asked if we can wrap our tampons in paper instead of plastic. Whilst this may sound like a good solution to reducing single-use plastic, unfortunately using paper would allow moisture to get into the tampon. Rest assured, we are working on an environmentally friendly alternative.

Are organic tampons healthier or safer?

Lil-Lets organic cotton tampons have also been dermatologically tested to ensure they are kind to your body.

All Lil-Lets tampons, whatever they are made from, must comply with strict safety regulations. This means that whether a tampon is made from cotton or from viscose, they are equally safe. If you prefer to use 100% pure organic cotton tampons, please remember to read the safety and instruction leaflet enclosed with every pack. You may read some stories online that suggest that using organic cotton tampons lowers your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), but this is misleading.

Many studies have shown that the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is no different when using an organic tampon, compared to using a tampon made from viscose. In fact, menstrual TSS has also been associated with the use of menstrual cups and any internally warn contraceptive devices. Remember that TSS is a very rare and serious illness that may be fatal so please visit www.tssis.com for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who created tampons?

Earle Haas created the modern design for menstrual tampons in 1931. This same design is still used by most commercial tampon brands today.

What were tampons originally invented for?

Tampons were originally invented to help stop bleeding caused by injuries and to apply medication. However, in the early 1920s, a basic tampon was invented specifically to manage blood flow from menstruation. These basic tampons were less practical and comfortable than modern tampons and often leaked.


When were tampons first sold?

Tampons were first sold in 1933 and were inspired by Earle Haas’s design. From the mid-1930s, they were widely available for purchase in pharmacies and drugstores.

What did they use as tampons in the old days?

In the old days, women typically used a range of rolled-up absorbent materials as tampons. For example, ancient Greek and Roman women would wrap lint around a small piece of wood and insert it into the vagina. Alternatively, in ancient Japan women would use paper for intimate hygiene.

Where did tampons get their name?

Tampons got their name from the medieval French word “tampion”. A tampion is a cloth used to stop liquid from flowing through a hole or plug.

When did tampons become popular?

Tampons became popular in the 1930s after becoming available for purchase in stores. The product also experienced a wave of popularity in the 1940s during World War II as women were doing more labour-intensive work that warranted period leak protection. Another peak in popularity for tampons was the 1960s – plenty of companies released novel designs at this time.

Who invented cardboard tampons?

Earle Haas invented cardboard tampon applicators. Although the applicator was made of sturdy cardboard, the absorbent part of the tampon was cotton and rayon.

Did a man invent tampons?

In simple terms, a man did invent tampons. Earle Haas is credited for the modern design of tampons. However, the idea of tampon-like devices can be traced back multiple centuries. Variations of this invention have been developed by both men and women.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far are you meant to put a tampon in?

You are meant to put a tampon in far enough for your knuckle to reach the vaginal opening. However, everyone’s body is a little bit different, so don’t be afraid to figure out what works for you. The tampon probably isn’t far up enough if you’re experiencing discomfort.

How long does it take to put in a tampon?

It takes a couple of seconds to put in a tampon once you become used to the process — it simply slides in. To avoid discomfort and leaks, people typically change their tampons every 4 to 8 hours, depending on how much blood has been absorbed. You can try out different tampon absorbencies to see what works for you.

How old should you be to put a tampon in?

There is no particular age that you have to be to insert a tampon. You can start using tampons as soon as you start your period, which could be as young as 9 or 10 years old. All that matters is feeling confident and comfortable with using tampons – it’s your decision.

What is the easiest way to insert a tampon?

The easiest way to insert a tampon depends on your body, personal preference and experience using tampons. Many people find it easier to squat and insert the tampon with their index or middle finger. Alternatively, it might be easier to sit down on the toilet or lie down on your back. 

Can a tampon dissolve inside you?

A tampon cannot dissolve inside you so there’s no need to panic! The cervix opening is too small for a tampon to fit through, meaning it will stay inside the vagina and can always be removed.

How do you know when to remove a tampon?

You will know when to remove your tampon if you experience leaks, slight discomfort or spot blood on the top of your tampon string. If you aren't experiencing any of these things, we still recommend not leaving your tampon in for longer than 8 hours.

Can you use tampons when you first start your period?

You can use tampons when you first start your period if you would like to. Using tampons is safe and potentially helpful for young people who swim or play sports.

Should it hurt when putting a tampon in?

It should not hurt when putting a tampon in. You might experience a little bit of discomfort, especially if you aren’t lubricated or it’s your first time. But if the pain persists, consider trying a different tampon absorbency. If that doesn’t help, consult a gynaecologist or healthcare professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big should my hospital bag be?

Your hospital bag will typically be as big as a weekend travel bag — perhaps a medium-sized duffel bag or a small suitcase. It helps to have a bag that opens wide, making it easy to access everything you have packed. 

How many hospital bags do I need?

Most people need two hospital bags — one for mum and another for the baby. However, you should keep in mind that hospital rooms are often quite small. If you would like an extra bag with postpartum essentials and clothes, you can potentially leave that one in the car and have someone bring it to you later. 

What are good snacks for a hospital bag?

The best snacks for a hospital bag are tasty, light and easy to eat without making a mess. Consider healthy snacks such as veggies, nuts, fruit, breakfast bars, crackers and sandwiches. Foods that are low in fat and sugar prevent nausea. On the other hand, you can bring a few delicious sugary snacks to boost energy levels.

What do I really need in my hospital bag?

There are plenty of items to pack in your hospital bag when giving birth. But if you have limited time to pack, here’s what you really need:

  • Nappies
  • Baby clothes
  • Muslin/bib
  • Baby blanket
  • Baby toiletries (wet wipes and cotton wool)
  • Phone and charger
  • Toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Loose pyjamas
  • Maternity pads
  • Snacks
  • A change of clothes


How many nappies should I pack in my hospital bag?

Depending on the length of your stay, you’ll need between 20 and 30 nappies in your hospital bag. Newborns typically go through 10 to 12 nappies in a day, so make sure you have enough!

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen if you flush a tampon?

If you flush a tampon, it can potentially block the plumbing and sewage pipes. This leads to a build-up of sewage — a major health and environmental hazard.

What happens if I accidentally flush a tampon?

If you accidentally flush a tampon, it will probably make it through your toilet plumbing. However, it will also contribute to blockage in the sewer caused by various other sanitary products, plastics, etc. Make sure flushing tampons doesn’t become a habit and you’ll be fine.

Can you flush biodegradable tampons?

You cannot flush biodegradable tampons. Although these tampons are known to be better for the environment, they still won't break down fast enough within sewage water and can potentially block sewage. Like any other period product, you should dispose of tampons in the bin.

How do you dispose of tampons at home?

You can dispose of tampons at home by wrapping them in toilet paper and throwing them in the bin. It’s recommended to keep a small bin in your toilet/bathroom to make the process easier. 

Frequently asked questions

Can hrt help with bladder weakness?

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can potentially help with bladder weakness. The tablets have oestrogen which can strengthen the bladder and urethral muscle tissues.

Why does my bladder keep leaking?

Your bladder might keep on leaking due to urinary incontinence. This refers to the involuntary release of urine which can be caused by stress, pregnancy, an overactive bladder and many other conditions.

What are the causes of bladder leakage?

Some common causes of bladder leakage include irritation, urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginal infections, pregnancy, constipation or vigorous exercise. But no matter the cause, you probably also have weak pelvic muscles that could be strengthened.

How do you know if you have a leaking bladder?

There are several ways to know if you have a leaking bladder. Some of the most noticeable signs include trouble passing urine, straining to urinate, or stopping and starting whilst urinating. The constant urge to urinate is another potential sign.

What are light bladder leaks?

Light bladder leaks are the involuntary passing of a small amount of urine — usually drips and dribbles that can be absorbed by a pad or pantyliner.

Is bladder leakage a sign of pregnancy?

Bladder leakage is a common sign of pregnancy, however, it by no means guarantees that you are pregnant. You will need to consult a doctor to determine if pregnancy is the cause of your bladder leaks.

Is bladder leakage normal during pregnancy?

Bladder leakage is incredibly normal during pregnancy and once you have given birth. The hormonal changes and pressure on the bladder during this time tend to weaken the bladder control muscles, causing urine leaks.

What does bladder leakage feel like?

Bladder leakage typically feels like a small amount of warm fluid flowing out of the urethra. It can be compared to the feeling of spilling room-temperature water on the skin.

Do Kegels help with bladder leakage?

Kegel exercises can certainly help with bladder leakage as they effectively strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. However, you must be consistent to see results — Kegels aren’t a quick fix!

Does bladder leakage cause odour?

Bladder leakage can cause an odour if you don’t wear absorbent pads, pantyliners or underwear to lock in the fluid. Urine can also have a noticeable smell if the individual is dehydrated or has some sort of infection. Make sure you drink enough water and change your pads/liners often.

What age does bladder leakage start?

Bladder leakage can start at any age — it all depends on the cause. However, it’s more common among pregnant people and women over the age of 50.

Can bladder leakage be cured?

It is possible for bladder leakage to be cured if you undergo the right treatments for your needs. For example, having a clear pelvic floor exercise plan. Or having an enlarged prostate gland removed in men.

Can bladder leakage cause UTI?

In some cases, bladder leakage can cause a UTI (urinary tract infection) or increase the risk of bladder problems.

Can bladder leakage cause a yeast infection?

Bladder leakage has the potential to increase your chances of contracting a yeast infection. When you have a yeast infection, the skin feels itchy, red and raw. There is typically a rash present too.

Frequently asked questions

Where do you get period pains?

Period pains are typically felt in the abdominal area, but it may vary each cycle. The pain can also be felt in the thighs and lower back, especially for those with severe period pain.

Are painful periods normal?

Painful periods are normal and common. It usually feels like cramping or bloating in the abdominal area. For some people, the pain is consistent while others get a sudden bout of pain. However, if you find that your period pain is debilitating, reach out to a medical professional. 

What are period cramps equivalent to?

Period cramps can be equivalent in pain to mild to moderate labour contractions. Women can experience a range of menstrual cramp severity, and various natural remedies such as massage, herbal teas, and magnesium supplements can help alleviate menstrual cramps.

What tea is good for menstrual cramps?

Peppermint and ginger tea are good options for menstrual cramps, as they can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Chamomile and lavender tea can also help to promote relaxation and reduce menstrual cramps.

Why are my periods getting more painful?

The more prostaglandin hormones you have in your body, the more painful your period might be. This means that as the hormones build up, your period could get more painful. There is also the possibility of having secondary dysmenorrhea (period pain)  — a medical condition that usually develops with age.

How long do menstrual cramps last?

Generally, menstrual cramps can last anywhere from one to three days, although some women may experience cramps for longer periods of time. The intensity of menstrual cramps can also vary and can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that affects daily activities.

Can period pain kill you?

Painful periods usually cannot kill you, unless there is an underlying life-threatening condition behind the painful periods. Severe menstrual pain can point to other conditions that might be serious. Consult a doctor if you often experience extreme period pain.

When do menstrual cramps start?

Menstrual cramps usually start a day or two before the onset of menstruation when the uterus begins to contract to shed its lining. However, some women may experience cramps several days before their period begins, while others may experience them during their period.

Which magnesium is best for menstrual cramps?

When it comes to menstrual cramps, magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide are two forms of magnesium that are commonly recommended. Magnesium citrate is more easily absorbed by the body than magnesium oxide, which can help to reduce muscle tension and alleviate menstrual cramps more effectively.

How painful are periods supposed to be?

There is no set threshold for how painful periods are supposed to be — everyone’s body is different. Ideally, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all. 

Are period pains contagious?

Period pains are not contagious. Contrary to widespread myths, it’s unlikely for an individual to affect another person’s current menstrual cycle by being in close proximity.

What are painful periods a sign of?

Painful periods can be a sign of conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and several other disorders that affect your hormones. If you are diagnosed with any of these conditions, treating them should play a role in reducing menstrual period pain.

Where does it hurt when you get your period?

It hurts when you get your period because the muscles around the wall of the uterus are contracting to shed its lining. This often puts stress on the body and results in throbbing and cramps in the lower abdomen.

Frequently asked questions

How does a pad work?

Pads are made from a soft layer of material that sits next to your skin and helps draw fluid away from the body and into an absorbent core. This absorbent core locks in any fluid so you can feel comfortable and protected. There will be an adhesive strip that should be placed on the inside of your underwear to help the pad stay in place and most pads come with a set of wings for extra security, these are wrapped around the side of your underwear.

How many pads is normal to use a day?

People typically use 4-5 pads in a day. It depends on their flow and the absorbency level of the pads being used. Nevertheless, you might use more pads if you’re going to be doing heavy exercise and sweating more.

How many hours can we use a pad?

The number of hours that a pad can be worn depends on the flow of menstrual blood and the absorbency of the pad. Typically, a pad can be worn for 4-8 hours, but it may need to be changed more frequently if the flow is heavy. It’s important to change pads regularly.

Can pads cause pimples?

Pads are generally very comfortable to wear, but if you have sensitive skin and notice a rash or chaffing, it may be the cover of your pad does not suit your skin and you may want to change to a pad with a soft cover. Remember too, that changing your pad every 4-5 hours will prevent odour and chaffing.

What are the different types of pads?

There are two different types of pads used by most women: Ultra thin pads and Maxi pads. 

Ultra-thin pads like our Super Soft and Freshlock ranges are very slim in design and contain micro gel beads that can hold more than a hundred times their original weight. This makes them ideal for when you are out and about or wearing close-fitting clothing.

Maxi pads contain mostly cellulose pulp and very small amounts of micro gel beads, so they will feel thicker and softer in use and our Maternity Maxi pads are ideal for someone who has recently given birth and needs a little bit of comfort during this time.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I have irregular periods?

The most common reasons why you may have irregular periods include puberty, menopause, pregnancy, hormonal contraception and health conditions that affect your hormones.

Do irregular periods mean infertility?

Irregular menstrual periods do not necessarily mean infertility. Although it might take longer, you can still fall pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. 

Can irregular periods cause infertility?

Irregular periods do not typically cause infertility, but can be an indication of an underlying medical condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which affects fertility in some cases. 

Can stress cause irregular periods?

Stress can cause irregular periods. When you’re stressed, it can affect the production of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone which are responsible for controlling the menstrual cycle. These hormonal imbalances can also make your periods more painful.

What is the meaning of irregular periods?

Irregular periods are characterised by a significant variation in the time gap between each period. This sometimes includes noticeable changes in how heavy or light your flow is each cycle. This means you have abnormal uterine bleeding.

When can you get pregnant with irregular periods?

You can get pregnant even with an irregular period when you are ovulating. This is the time in your menstrual cycle when a mature egg is released from the ovary, ready to be fertilised by a sperm cell. However, when someone has an erratic cycle it can make predicting ovulation a little more difficult and you may want to use an ovulation kit to help you identify your fertile window.

Can anaemia cause irregular periods?

Anaemia can cause irregular periods in some cases. When you have anaemia, it means you are iron deficient and your blood lacks red blood cells which transport oxygen. Without sufficient oxygen, the uterus might not function properly, affecting one’s usual period cycle.

Can fibroids cause irregular periods?

Uterine fibroids can cause irregular periods by stimulating the growth of blood vessels. This potentially contributes to a heavier flow or spotting between periods. Fibroids also increase the level of prostaglandin hormones in the body which are known to contribute to heavy bleeding.

Can you get pregnant with irregular periods?

You can get pregnant with irregular periods if you are still ovulating. However, it might be more difficult to predict the timing of ovulation and try for a baby at the right time. This means it can take longer for people with irregular periods to fall pregnant. 

Do irregular periods affect pregnancy?

Irregular periods don’t necessarily affect pregnancy, but they affect your ability to fall pregnant. This is because ovulation becomes less predictable when you have irregular periods.

Are irregular periods normal while breastfeeding?

Irregular periods are normal while breastfeeding, especially if you are still producing milk/lactating. This is due to the hormonal changes in the body that occur while breastfeeding. Most notably, there is an increase in prolactin — the milk-production hormone.

Are irregular periods a sign of cancer?

Irregular periods are not a definite sign of cancer. However, they might increase your risk of ovarian cancer. Women with menstrual irregularities are more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Are irregular periods dangerous?

In most cases, irregular periods are not dangerous. Nevertheless, if your periods suddenly become irregular or start to affect your quality of life, seek medical advice from a health professional. 

Can irregular periods cause weight gain?

Irregular periods cannot directly cause weight gain, but they can contribute to other conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which typically affects your appetite. This could lead to weight gain in the long run. Endometriosis and PCOS which often impact the menstrual cycle can sometimes cause weight gain which is just one of their symptoms.

Can irregular periods cause bloating?

Irregular periods can cause an imbalance in oestrogen and progesterone hormones which can lead to bloating, particularly in the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are My Fertile Days?

So, you are most likely to conceive just before you ovulate, so take that into consideration if you are trying to fall pregnant, or trying to avoid pregnancy. If you fall into the latter group, make sure you use contraception over that time (which may be between day 14 and day 21, depending on how long your cycle is).

How Long is My Menstrual Cycle?

You’ll often hear that your menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. In all honesty, the length of your menstrual cycle varies a lot, from month to month and person to person. Anywhere from 21 to 34 days is common. Your period can also differ in length each month.

How Long Should My Period Last?

Menstruation can vary from two to five days and could be up to 10.

Can I Have Sex When I’m On My Period?

Yes you can. Be careful though: in rare instances, you can still get pregnant. You should also bear in mind that you can still contract HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases when on your period.

Will the Contraceptive Pill Affect My Period?

Some brands of contraceptive pills can reduce your flow or shorten the length of your period. Chat to your doctor or the nurse at your clinic when you are prescribed your pill.

Frequently asked questions

When will my breasts stop leaking?

It’s difficult to determine exactly when your breasts will stop leaking. However, most mums find that their breasts stop leaking milk in the first 6 to 10 weeks of breastfeeding once the body has adjusted to the baby’s needs and feeding schedule.

How does the body change during pregnancy?

There are several body changes that can occur during pregnancy. The most common changes include breast leaks, large and tender breasts, swelling, muscle pain and weight gain.

What does leaking breasts mean?

Leaking breasts typically mean that you are ready to start breastfeeding. However, it may also be a result of hormonal changes caused by medication, contraceptive pills or underlying medical conditions.

Why are my breasts leaking milky fluid if I am not pregnant?

Breasts can leak milky fluid due to a variety of reasons, including hormonal changes, menstruation, medication side effects, or even physical stimulation. If you have concerns about breast leakage because you’re not pregnant and you don’t have a baby, it's always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional for further evaluation as this could be linked to conditions such as galactorrhea, hyperlactation and mastitis.

Are leaking breasts a sign of labour?

Leaking breasts are not necessarily a sign of labour. However, you may find that you have started to produce and leak more milk closer to labour.

Frequently asked questions

What makes puberty happen?

Puberty happens when hormones from the brain initiate development. These hormones tell the body exactly what to do. In females, the growth and release of mature eggs from the ovaries initiate puberty. And for males, the testicles start producing sperm.

Does puberty affect maturity?

Puberty certainly affects maturity, both physically and emotionally. At this time, your body grows, further brain development kicks in and you reach sexual maturation. You might also notice your perspective on things changing and sexual attraction towards people becomes more noticeable.

Why is puberty necessary in humans?

Puberty is necessary in humans as the outcome is sexually mature adults with fully developed reproductive organs. It means people can have children if they want to and when they’re ready.  It’s also the time in our lives when we become more self-aware and start to experience a wider spectrum of emotions.

What is the latest you can hit puberty?

The latest you can hit puberty is not at a specific age. It truly varies from person to person. Typically, you’ll start puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 in females, and 9 and 14 in males. If you don’t notice the key signs of puberty by 16, speak to a responsible adult and visit a healthcare professional for medical advice.

Can you stop puberty?

It is not possible to completely stop puberty once it has started. Nevertheless, puberty blockers can delay or prevent unwanted physical changes. Puberty blockers are medicines used to postpone puberty in children and are typically used by transgender individuals.

Is puberty normal?

Puberty is incredibly normal. It causes body changes in both males and females as they grow into adult humans and become sexually mature.

Does everyone go through puberty?

Almost everyone goes through puberty and it typically starts between the ages of 8 and 14. However, there are some rare medical conditions that might delay or prevent the onset of puberty. For example, those with Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition in females, might have delayed puberty.

What happens when puberty ends?

The end of puberty is marked by the completion of physical and hormonal development and the beginning of young adulthood. You typically reach your adult height and size. Physical changes may continue for a few years after puberty. Additionally, emotional development and reproductive health are ongoing processes that require attention throughout an individual's life.

Frequently asked questions

How do breasts change during pregnancy?

Thanks to pregnancy hormones, most notably progesterone, the tissue in your breasts changes to prepare the breasts for the production and storage of milk for your new baby. You may find that your breasts grow larger during your pregnancy, and you may also notice changes to your nipples and areolae

What are normal breast changes during pregnancy?

Normal breast changes during pregnancy include a change in the size and shape of your breasts, as well as changes to the colour and size of your areolae and nipples. Your breasts are preparing to create and carry milk for your baby, and the hormones that help them do this may also cause your breasts to feel slightly uncomfortable and even painful at times during your pregnancy. There are also other body changes to expect during pregnancy such as gaining weight or losing your period.

When do you notice breast changes in pregnancy?

You may notice pregnancy changes to your breasts as early as the first trimester. Your breasts may also feel quite sore and tender, and maybe even tingly, fairly early on in your pregnancy, including in the very first few weeks after you have conceived.

What breast changes occur in early pregnancy?

The breast changes that occur in early pregnancy include sensitivity as well as an increase in the size of your breasts themselves, your nipples and areolae. Some expecting mums may notice a change in the colour of their areolae, which may appear darker than they did before you fell pregnant.

How early can breast changes occur in pregnancy?

Changes to your breasts can occur quite early on in your pregnancy, and you may notice changes to the colour of your nipples, size of your areolae and the size of your breasts in the first few weeks of your pregnancy. In fact, breast changes may often be the first sign that you are indeed expecting. Some expecting mums may feel alarmed by these early pregnancy breast changes, but rest assured that they are completely normal and to be expected.

Does breast colour change during pregnancy?

The colour of your areolae, which may darken in colour. You may also notice that the veins in your breasts are more pronounced than what you are used to prior to pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take for postpartum bleeding to stop?

Postpartum bleeding, also known as lochia, can last for around 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth. However, it's important to note that the duration may vary for each individual, and it's normal to experience light spotting or intermittent bleeding during this time.

Is it normal for bleeding to stop and start postpartum?

It is normal and common for postpartum bleeding to stop and start intermittently. The flow may decrease and then increase again, or there may be periods of no bleeding followed by episodes of bleeding. This pattern is usually a part of the normal healing process.

Can breastfeeding cause more postpartum bleeding?

Sometimes postpartum bleeding is heavier when you breastfeed. When breastfeeding, the uterus is more likely to contract due to the build-up of hormones in your body. This is a common cause of more bleeding and cramps.

Can you prevent postpartum haemorrhage?

You cannot necessarily prevent postpartum haemorrhage, but there are ways to reduce the risk factors. Make sure you are getting adequate prenatal care, maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and attending regular check-ups with your healthcare provider.  Consult a healthcare professional if you experience excessive postpartum bleeding.

When does postpartum bleeding stop after giving birth?

Postpartum bleeding typically stops 6 weeks after giving birth. However, it varies for each individual. Consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about the duration or intensity of postpartum bleeding.

Frequently asked questions

When exactly will I get my first period?

You cannot determine exactly when you will get your first period, but the average age is between 9 and 16. It's a unique and individual experience.

Should I be scared for my first period?

You should not be scared of your first period. It's normal to feel a mix of emotions, including excitement and a bit of nervousness. Remember to educate yourself on this topic so you can embrace this milestone with confidence.

What happens after I get my first period?

After your first period, your menstrual cycle begins. Your body will go through monthly cycles of preparing for a potential pregnancy (ovulation) and shedding the uterine lining. It's important to track your periods, understand your body's changes, and practice good menstrual hygiene.

What pads should I use for my first period?

You should consider using pads specially designed for teens when you get your first period. Lil-Lets offers pads for light to heavy flow, providing comfort and protection suitable for when your first period starts.

Why am I not getting my first period?

You might not be getting your first period due to genetics, body weight, overall health, and hormonal changes. All these factors influence the timing of your first period. If you have concerns about delayed puberty or not getting your period, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional.

Will my first period be heavy?

Your first period might be heavy, but it’s usually unpredictable. It's normal for the first few periods to be lighter or irregular as your body adjusts. It may take a few cycles for your period to settle into a regular pattern.

Does your first period hurt?

Your first period might hurt or result in mild discomfort. However, the level of pain varies for each individual. If you find the period pain to be severe or significantly impacting your daily life, it's advisable to discuss it with a healthcare provider. Heating pads and pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen are known to help.

Why am I bleeding so much on my first period?

It's not uncommon for your first period to be heavier during the initial days as your body sheds the uterine lining. If you're concerned about the volume of period blood or you're soaking through pads quickly, it's best to consult with a doctor.

How long do I have discharge before my first period?

It's common to have vaginal discharge before your first period for a few weeks, months or even years. This discharge, called leukorrhea, helps keep the vagina clean and healthy. Pantyliners can help absorb the vaginal discharge if needed.

Can I use a tampon on my first period?

You can use a tampon for your first period if you would like to. Try out tampons, pads or other menstrual products and decide what works for you.

Can I make my first period come?

You cannot make your first period come — it’s a natural process controlled by hormonal changes in your body. At this time, your oestrogen and progesterone levels are changing. Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practising self-care and being patient.

Does brown discharge mean my first period is coming?

Brown discharge can mean that your first period is coming. It's a result of old blood mixed with cervical mucus, which may appear brown. While it can be an indication, it's important to remember that you might not have any discharge before your very first period.

Why do I have brown discharge before my first period?

Brown discharge before your first period is common and typically occurs as a result of hormonal fluctuations and the shedding of the uterine lining. You may also have brown blood.

Frequently Asked Questions

I just started my period today, any tips on how to tell my mum I started?

Getting your period is quite a big deal,but remember periods are part of life for half the population, so relax.

If you don’t want to make a fuss, simply mention in passing that your period has arrived, and that you are cool with it. Or if you’re home alone drop mum a text or give her a call. Remember she once had to do this as well and she will totally understand.

I feel really shy telling someone I have my period, how can I make it less awkward?

Why not write down what you want to say so you can get used to saying the words? We get that you may feel nervous chatting about this, but there is no reason to be embarrassed or even ashamed. Periods are completely natural and once you have shared this news, you may find that other things become easier to discuss too.

I’ve started my period in school what am I supposed to do?

Ask a friend if they have any pads you can use. After all, if it were your friend who got their period, you’d want to help them out! If no one has any pads, then pop along to the school office and speak to someone there, they will almost certainly have period products you can use.

My first period came today, should I stay home and not go to school?

First periods can be daunting, or even exciting depending on how you feel about them, but one thing is for sure they are completely normal and should not prevent you from carrying on with your day as usual. In fact, if you have period pain or a few period cramps, keeping busy and going to school can help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Is it wrong that I am excited for my period to be here?

Getting your first period is a pretty big deal and lots of girls feel super excited for this time in their lives, so no it’s not wrong at all. In fact, it’s a special time for you, and another sign that you are on your way to becoming a young adult.

Will everyone in school be able to tell I am on my period?

No one…and we mean no one can tell just by looking at you that you’re on your period! It’s entirely up to you if you want to share this news and perfectly okay if you prefer to keep it private.

We do have some tips for you that will help you feel more comfortable in school and when on your period, such as changing your pad every 3-5 hours to reduce any odour. Always have some supplies in your school or sports bag and our Lil-Lets Starter Kit is ideal and will ensure you are never caught out.


Is Toxic Shock Syndrome rare?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is considered a rare condition that affects a small percentage of menstruating individuals.

How do I know if I have Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome include sudden high fever, rashes, low blood pressure, dizziness, vomiting, and confusion. If you experience these symptoms while using tampons or have recently used them, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Can Toxic Shock Syndrome kill you?

Toxic Shock Syndrome can be life-threatening in severe cases, but with prompt medical treatment, the chances of recovery are high.

Can you get Toxic Shock Syndrome from a menstrual cup?

While extremely rare, there have been reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome associated with menstrual cup use. It’s important to follow proper hygiene practices and usage instructions to minimise the risk factors.

Can you get Toxic Shock Syndrome from pads?

While the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome from pads is extremely low, there have been a few reported cases. However, compared to tampons, the likelihood of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome from pads is significantly lower.

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