How do you know if you have your period?
During your period, blood is released through the vagina. And so you might notice that it has arrived by feeling wetness on your pants. You might also feel the blood flow, particularly after sitting or lying down. In this case, the blood accumulates but cannot flow. When you stand up, it finally flows naturally.
Will I lose a lot of blood?
No. During the first period, you will lose approximately 30 ml, the equivalent of two tablespoons. Later, the quantity increases and can be from 50 to 150 ml. Most of the blood flows during the first two days of your period. Above all, don’t worry! Over time, the volume of blood loss will stabilise. You will have plenty of time to adapt to it!
How can I relieve any pain during my period?
Does your belly ache during your period? These pains and cramps are due to the muscles of the uterus contracting under the effect of your hormones. Fortunately, there are ways to relieve this: take a hot bath, place a hot water bottle on your belly, or even do a little exercise, but being careful to avoid sudden movements.
How can I avoid leaks?
To begin with, your periods are bound to be irregular. To avoid leaks, think ahead: think about changing regularly, always keeping a Ma Louloute kit in your bag (or even also a spare pair of pants to change into) and, of course, regularly change your protection. If you don’t have a protection at hand when your period arrives, you can use handkerchiefs, toilet paper or paper towels in order to manage the emergency, until you find something better!
Can I wear any clothing I like during my period?
Of course! Your period shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you want. The important thing is that you should be able to move comfortably. It’s up to you to choose the clothes you feel best in during your period.
Should I stop my activities, such as sport activities, when I have my period?
Definitely not! The more active you are, the less likely you are to suffer from painful cramps. If you’re afraid that leaks might appear while you’re doing sports, use the protection that you find the most comfortable and that will best protect you.
Will other people know that I have my period?
There’s no reason for them to know, and you don’t have to change your behaviour at this time. Also, most of the sanitary protections are so fine that it’s really impossible to know that you’re wearing one. If you like, you can wear loose clothing for more security and comfort. If you also take baths or showers regularly, and you use your sanitary towels and/or tampons correctly, you run no risk.
Do I have to change my protection often? And when?
It’s important to regularly change your sanitary protection. If not, you’re at risk of leaks, and even allowing very unpleasant bacteria to develop… By changing your sanitary towel or your tampon every four hours, you won’t have to worry.
What about the sanitary products and protections provided in the kit?
The kit was designed and developed in close collaboration with gynaecologists and healthcare professionals.
All the sanitary protections contained in the kit are manufactured exclusively under our “MA LOULOUTE” brand. They comply with health standards and offer quality protection.
We pay particular attention to the choice of the materials. Our products have been selected with care and manufactured with natural materials tested by dermatologists.
Our sanitary protections use extra-soft, hypoallergenic top layers, free of any trace of pesticides. Our intimate wipes, also free of any pesticides, are 99% made with natural products!
100% organic refills will be available in 2019!
I had my first period several months ago, but my periods are still irregular, why?
Having irregular periods is very common in the first year after your “first period” arrives. There’s nothing to worry about. Let your body get itself organised, at its own pace. Trust your body... it knows what it’s doing! However, after 1 year, you should be concerned if the interval between two of your periods is less than 20 days or if it exceeds 40 days. If so, don’t hesitate to talk to your mum, or someone close to you, and make an appointment with a gynaecologist to find the cause. It is important that you write down on your agenda the start of each cycle that is the first day of your period. You can also use the calendar that you will find in your Kit. One side will let you calculate the expected date of your next period, and the other side will help you understand what is happening in your body during this cycle.
I don’t like talking about it. I’m ashamed, it bothers me, how do I approach the subject?
With simple words, like “I have my period”, without shouting it from the rooftops :))
You’re on common ground... You got them too!
Most women around the world use euphemisms to talk about their periods, which is indicative of shame and embarrassment. There are about 5,000 different expressions you can use to talk about periods, did you know that?
This may seem trivial, but it reminds us of the great taboo around it. We should not internalise this embarrassment, it would imply that it is something bad, something to be ashamed of.
Periods are not something shameful or embarrassing, but a natural process that takes place in your body. So don’t hesitate to say “I have my period”, this will certainly one day help to break this taboo.
I’m 14 years old and I have all the symptoms and yet I haven’t had my first period yet? Why? I’m the last in my class and I’m starting to worry.
The first rule is that you should not worry at all. Girls of your age often don’t have their period yet. Did you ask your mum when she started? It will give you an indicator.
And think that even if you are the same age as the girls in your class, your body won’t have the same changes at the same time! Each woman has experienced these premenstrual symptoms in her way, and at her own pace... What you need to know is that you can’t make them happen faster or slower… They will come in good time, and you and all your friends will arrive at the same result. That’s how long it takes for your body and hormones to organise together, at their own pace. Trust your body, it knows what it’s doing.
You should also talk to a member of your family, your family doctor or a family planning centre. They will be able to reassure you and answer all your questions.
What about the “cup & tampon”?
Or the “washable towel & menstrual panties”?
There will be a refill kit dedicated to the cup and tampon! We will keep you informed of its release date. But it is still too early for you to use a cup or a tampon.
First, you need to really understand how to use sanitary protections. You will also need to understand your menstrual cycle: the intensity and duration of your flows, learn to change your sanitary towels regularly, wash your hands well before AND after each change, and perfect your intimate hygiene during your period.
All this learning is important and will be done in stages. You shouldn’t rush.
Regarding washable towels and menstrual panties, we do not currently offer any washable and reusable products, because we think they may be more difficult to use for first periods... storing used towels in a school backpack for a whole school-day before washing them would not be very practical :((
You need something simple to use, to start understanding what is happening to you.