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One of the biggest decisions you make as a teenager is when to buy your first bra. If you’ve noticed your breasts move about when you're running or your nipples start to show through your clothes, then it might be time for a teen bra!
Everything from choosing the design and colour, to measuring for your first bra is exciting. However, you might feel awkward about talking to your mum or close relative about teen bra shopping for the first time! If this is the case, we’re here at to guide you through all you need to know about bras to help you feel excited and prepared.
Training bras and crop tops: make great teen bras when you’re not quite ready for a standard design. Non-wired bra or soft bra: have cups that give you shape and support. Under-wired bra: cup has a wire underneath it to give the bust more shape. Sports bra: helps reduce the movement of your breasts during exercise and makes you feel more comfortable. Wearing a sports bra for exercise also protects the ligaments that support the breasts. Padded bra: gives more shape to breasts, making them seem fuller. Strapless and multi-way bra: work in the same way as a regular teen bra and let you remove or adjust the straps. This is useful when you're wearing a top or dress and you don't want your bra straps to show.
Have you been measured for your first bra and now don’t feel like it fits quite right? If you think your teen bra doesn't fit properly, then put it on and look in the mirror to check for the most common fit problems:
Proper measuring for your first bra is very important to making sure you get the right size. Find more bras and boobs advice articles for more guidance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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OK, so you’ve got a lot going on right now! You’re juggling the hormonal and physical changes of puberty with so many other things; school, family, friends, dating… That’s a lot.Find out more