Q9. Why is it a good idea to track my period?
A9. From potential diagnosis, to knowing your fertile days, to indicating your overall health, keeping a track of your menstrual cycle can help you significantly. It can also help you determine your sex drive and manage your mood during the not so good mood days. Last but not the least; it can help you plan some important dates, social gatherings and vacations.
Q10. How can I track my period on a calendar?
A10. You can always keep a small pocket calendar with you at all times and mark the date when you get your period. This way, you can anticipate the date of your period the next month. Alternatively, you can also use our easy to use free period tracker tool to map your cycle.
Q11. Does having a period cause pain or discomfort?
A11. Period can be a bit uncomfortable with symptoms like pain and cramping. However, if the pain becomes too much to tolerate, you should consult a doctor.
Q12. What if I am having heavy bleeding?
A12. Heavy bleeding is normal, especially in first few days, but in case you need to change your pad or tampon every hour, you may be experiencing severe bleeding. In this case, you need to visit a doctor to find out if there are some other underlying health issues. There’s nothing to worry about as most of these problems can be treated with medication.
Q13. What if I have irregular periods?
A13. Irregular periods are common especially in first one to three years. Gradually, the cycles become more stabilized. But if the cycles still remain irregular i.e., less than 21 days or more than 35 days, it’s time to fix an appointment with your doctor.
Q14. What is PMS?
A14. Premenstrual syndrome aka PMS is a series of physical and emotional changes that a lot of women go through a week or before their period. It is truly not a big deal with minor symptoms, such as tender breasts, acne, or mood swings, and usually goes away as your period starts. If you still want to manage it, you can always opt for some quick and easy ways, like eat right, exercise, or sleep tight.
Q15. Is vaginal discharge normal when I’m not having my period?
A15. A girl’s body usually starts releasing some kind of vaginal discharge about 6 months to 1 year before her first ever period due to changing hormones. This is totally normal and in fact helps maintain hygiene.
Q16. What if my discharge looks or smells funny?
A16. Normally, the colour of discharge ranges from white to somewhat off white. However, if the colour is somewhat unusual with lumps and strong smelly odour, it may be a signal of some underlying condition.
Q17. How are pads used?
A17. Most of the sanitary pads available in the market have a sticky cover at the bottom. All you have to do is strip off the cover and gently press the pad onto the crotch of your panty. If you’ve invested in pads with wings, you can wrap the wings around the bottom of crotch to ensure proper placement of pad. Once the pad is used, pull it off from the panty, roll it properly in the wrapper, and dispose of the pad.
Q18. How often should I change my pad?
A18. The duration of keeping on a pad really depends on the amount of blood flow and absorbency. But no matter what, you should certainly change your pad every 4-6 hours. On heavy flow days, you should look for a pad that has high absorbency and on light flow days, you can choose a less absorbent pad too.