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    How Long Do Periods Last?

    Most of us girls want to know how long our period will last. We get our monthly period when our uterus sheds its lining. Our flow is a combination of that lining (endometrium) and blood. This happens 12 to 16 days after you ovulate.

    When you first get your period in your teens, on average, it will last anywhere from two to eight days. We must remember that every woman’s cycle is different. We can’t compare ourselves girls. There will be about 18 to 40 days before we get our next period. Our first period tends to be a bit irregular, so don’t worry if it lasts longer or starts later. It takes time for the body to create consistency.  On average, it takes about 2 to 3 years for our cycle to become consistent.

    Cycles in our teen years vary from 24 days to 45 days while our adult cycles are about 21 to 35 days.  It’s important to track our cycle so we can be prepared with feminine hygiene products such as pads, panty liners, and tampons. There are great period trackers out there or just mark your calendars.  One of our favorite period trackers is “Fertility Friend Mobile”.
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    Don’t freak out if you skip a month. Stress or being sick can cause you to skip one period. However, if you skip more than one cycle, it’s important to reach out to your health care provider.  It’s always better to be safe when it comes to our health. Also, be aware that birth control can change our flow and how long our period lasts. You might also see a bit of period weight gain. Don’t worry…it’s mainly water weight.

    We will continue to have our monthly periods until menopause. Menopause occurs between the ages of 44 to 55.  When we stop ovulating/producing eggs, we begin the menopause process.  Menopause, like periods, can vary from girl to girl and it can occur over several years. Until then girls, stock up on your tampons because it’s going to be around for awhile. Check out other articles if you have questions about pads vs tampons or how often should you change your tampon.

    Read other great articles – How Long Should a Period Last and Can You Pee with a Tampon.

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    Do Tampons work?

    It’s important to know how to use a tampon correctly. It’s not a scary experience if you have the right information.  You will find a detailed description of the process, a list of false information to be aware of, and a few tips below (How to Use a Tampon).

    The Detailed Step-by-Step Process :

    1. Buy tampons – Buying tampons for the first time can be a bit overwhelming.  There are so many brands, types, and sizes. We would advise you to definitely start with applicator tampons and preferably Kali tampons.  The applicator really helps to push the tampon into your V the right way.  It makes life a lot easier during this process.  Picking the right absorbency is also important.  Usually women use supers/super+ tampons in the first few days of their period and then transition into the lighter ones towards the end.
    2. Wash your hands before beginning insertion – Tampon applicators are sterile.  We definitely want to keep our V clean and infection-free, so washing your hands before inserting is a great idea.
    3. Sit comfortably on the toilet – This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised. Sitting makes insertion more comfortable and keeps any stray blood in the toilet.
    4. Unwrap the tampon and insert the tip of the applicator into your V – It’s really important to find your V. We are looking for the area that the blood is coming out of.  It’s right behind your urethra. Once you find it, make sure you are holding the unwrapped tampon correctly. You want to hold the tampon where the larger tube meets the smaller tube, hold it between your middle finger and thumb and put your index finger on the end of the applicator.
    5. Push the end of the applicator with your index finger to extract the tampon and then pull out the applicator.  You want to push the applicator up a few inches inside your V and then press the inner, thinner half of the applicator upward.  Stop when both parts of the applicator meet. Pull the applicator out of your V and wrap it in the tampon wrapper or toilet paper to throw out in the trash. Avoid flushing applicators. They will definitely clog your toilet. The tampon should feel comfortable and you shouldn’t be able to feel it. If you can feel it or it’s painful, the tampon isn’t far enough in your V. Time to pull it out and try again.
    6. After about 4 to 6 hours, remove the tampon by tugging at the string. This process isn’t painful at all. Don’t leave a tampon in longer than 6 hours. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a real thing and you don’t want to take your chances. If you accidentally leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours and you are feeling feverish, pull out the tampon and seek medical help immediately.

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    Make sure you educate yourself on the false information out there:

    1. You can still go to the bathroom with a tampon in.
    2. A tampon cannot get lost inside you.
    3. There are no age restrictions for tampons.
    4. They don’t make you lose your virginity.

    A few Tips:

    1. Buy enough tampons and bring them with you.
    2. If you are sleeping longer than 8 hours, you should wear a pad at night.
    3. The string on a tampon cannot break off.
    4. Putting in a tampon may hurt at first so just relax.  It will help relax your muscles if you take some deep breaths.
    5. If the tampon doesn’t feel comfortable, remove it and start again with a fresh one.

    We hope this helps make tampon insertion an easier, comfortable experience. It can also help to ask a close friend or relative.  Please let us know if you like this article on How to Use a Tampon.

    Read other articles – Can you get Pregnant on your PeriodSex on your Period, and When were Tampons Invented.

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    Why does my Period Smell?

    It’s that time of the month again. We grab our Kali tampons and head to the bathroom. We get down to business and we smell something is different. Why does our period blood have an odor? We, at Kali, looked into it and it’s perplexing, but totally natural.

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    Blood has a certain odor. Our menstrual fluid smells different than blood because it consists of more than just that. In our menstrual fluid, our bodies remove vaginal mucus, vaginal tissue, some bacteria, blood, and fluid. Due to these additives, our menstrual blood has a different smell than blood from a cut. If you experience a heavier period than average, you might experience more odor than someone with a lighter period. As long as the smell isn’t fishy, you are good to go. If it is fishy, reach out to your healthcare practitioner.

    To keep that odor to a minimum, there are a few things we can do:

    • Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear during your period.
    • Keep the area dry.
    • Make sure to change your Kali organic tampons and Kali pads regularly.
    • Let your body handle the odor naturally. Don’t douche. It really can mess up your system.

    To stay healthy, monitor your odor. A change in period odor can actually be a sign of a larger problem. During your period, bacteria accumulates naturally. Your vagina is moister during this time of the month, which can cause other infections like BV – bacterial vaginosis. BV causes a strong, fishy odor, itching, and painful urination. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor.

    Overall, vaginal odor is part of being a woman and is totally normal. We just need to make sure we are paying attention to our bodies and monitoring any abnormal changes.

    Read other great articles – Why does my Period Smell, How to use a Tampon, and How Long do Periods Last.

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    Discharge after your Period

    Let’s talk about a little about discharge. Many of us wonder if discharge is normal after your period? Yes…it’s completely normal. Your body produces discharge to protect itself. It’s also a way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells that you don’t need anymore. Hormones are the cause for vaginal discharge before and after your period. Throughout the month, your discharge will be different depending on where you are at in your cycle.

    Discharge is different for everyone. The amount, color, and consistency of discharge vary from woman to woman. It can be clear, thin, or thick and still be healthy. It can change based on where you are in your cycle, on ovulation, sexual arousal, or stress. It’s also important to stay away from douching. It can really mess with your natural body chemistry.

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    There are times that discharge is not a good thing. If you notice a fishy smell or strong odor coming from your v, definitely reach out to your doctor. Something might be out of whack that can be easily fixed. To maintain healthy lady parts, eat healthy, minimize sugar, exercise, and get enough sleep.

    Overall, discharge is a natural, healthy thing we, as women, experience throughout our lives. It’s important to pay attention to it to maintain healthy lady parts.  If you start noticing changes in your discharge such as color, odor, or consistency, seek medical attention from your doctor. These changes may indicate an infection and it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.

    • White Discharge – Possibly a Yeast Infection or Bacterial Vaginosis
      • Milky to cloudy white
      • Strong fishy odor
      • Thick, cottage cheese-like consistency
      • Itching, burning during urination, lower abdominal pain, or swelling of your v
    • Green Discharge – Possibly Trichomoniasis or Chlamydia
      • Yellowish to green
      • Fishy, sour smell
      • Thick, pasty consistency
      • Pelvic pain, itching, swelling of your v, bleeding, urinary inconsistency
    • Yellow Discharge – Possibly Bacterial Vaginosis or Gonorrhea
      • Pale to dark yellow
      • Fishy odor
      • Thick, creamy lotion like consistency
      • Itching, swelling or redness of your v, pain during urination and sex
    • Gray Discharge – Possibly Bacterial Vaginosis
      • Cloudy white to pale gray
      • Stronger than normal odor
      • Creamy consistency
      • Vaginal swelling, itching, and burning

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    Why Vaginal Discharge After Menstruation Happens

    Any time that you have vaginal discharge after your period, you may feel a bit concerned. Generally, vaginal discharge is nothing to be concerned about and it is a normal occurrence.There are several reasons why you might have normal discharge after a period. The biggest reason is hormonal changes and is completely normal. As you go through your cycle each month, your body produces different hormones. When those hormones fluctuate, it can cause vaginal discharge. Another cause of vaginal discharge could be related to stress or could be related to not having your period on time. For some women, especially those of child bearing age, a discharge helps to signal fertile times.

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    Are women most fertile before or after period?

    Learning to track your most fertile days are really easier than you may think. Keeping track of your ovulation is usually not used as a form of birth control, but rather a means of getting pregnant. Since sperm can last for several days after insertion, most people tends to shy away from using this is a form of birth control. But if you are ready for a journey of a lifetime, then jump on the parenthood train!

    When a woman decides it’s time to start trying to have a baby, then its goodbye to tampons, her menstrual cycle and any period and cramps. But saying goodbye to her menstrual cycle is only the start of it. It may be away with the tampons and period and cramps, but it’s keeping track of ovulation and the days you’re most fertile.

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    When do women stop having periods?

    When Do Women Stop Having Periods

    The start of periods for a girl implies that they now have a childbearing capacity. The average age when menses begins is 12 years. The fertility of a woman declines as the woman grows old. The menstrual cycle is controlled by two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The normal cycle takes 27-35 days. Womens discharge after period is normal depending on the color, and it should not be a cause for alarm. There are instances when periods stops either for a short or long term. The absence of the menstrual period is referred to as amenorrhea. When and why do women stop having periods?

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    Top 5 Menstrual Cycle Must Knows

    The monthly menstrual cycle, affectionately coined Aunt Flo, moon time, and other interesting little names is something that affects most women between the ages of 15 to 45 years of age. There are five different points you should consider when it comes to this fascinating biological process.

    Cramps Happen, Stay Calm

    Many women may experience abdominal cramps a few days before, and sometimes during the 3 to 7 days that they are menstruating. Cramps are simply a signal that your uterus is preparing to shed the lining inside since there isn’t a fertilized egg to nurture. Be kind to yourself and enjoy drinking tea, take a relaxing warm bath with a book, or take some over the counter pain medication and use a hot water bottle. Feeling debilitating pain is not normal, and might be a signal to consult your physician, as it might be endometriosis.

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    Kali Featured in Broward New Times

    Hey Kali Girls! Jonna and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the very awesome Jess Swanson for a feature in one of our local publications, the Broward Palm Beach New Times. Jess was excited about our partnership with #HappyPeriod and our drive for menstrual products for the local homeless population. Here’s a clip from the article, and you can read the full article here. (more…)

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    Why do women have heavy periods?

    Are you flying through packages of Super and Super Plus tampons or pads? Chances are that everything is completely normal, but here’s when to get that heavy period checked out.

    Most women have a regular menstrual cycle each month with a moderate amount of bleeding that lasts for an average of a week (although this can vary). Approximately 25 percent of women suffer from heavy bleeding are not aware that they’re losing too much blood. Bleeding that occurs more than every three weeks, bleeding after sexual intercourse, or between periods is also considered to be abnormal. Those who lose more than two to three tablespoons of blood during each period are likely to have heavy periods from Menorrhagia, which can be due to a number of causes. Although there are a number of causes that can lead to heavy bleeding for women of different ages, it’s important to discover the underlying cause to receive proper treatment.

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