Have a question about pads, tampons, liners or just your period? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about your period
When will I get my period?
Your period is a sign of puberty. It means your body is growing and you are turning into an adult. This usually happens between ages 10 to 16 years. If your period hasn't started by the time you are 16, please consider seeing a doctor.
Will people be able to smell my period blood?
Not really. A LemmeBe pad can quickly absorb your flow, leaving you dry and comfortable. No odours, we promise.
How long do periods last?
A period can last anywhere between 3 to 7 days.
When will my periods stop?
Your period stops at the stage of menopause. This is usually when you cross 40 years of age.
How often does a period happen?
For most people, a period can occur after an average cycle of 28 to 36 days.
How much blood do I lose during my period?
You will lose a few tablespoons of blood during your period - nothing that will harm your body.
What are period cramps?
Your body is shedding its uterine lining - this can sometimes have compounds that lead to blood clots which can cause discomfort during your flow or even result in pain in your back, abdomen or thighs. You’re not alone. 3 of 4 people report experiencing menstrual cramps.
How do I deal with menstrual cramps?
Every person experiences different kinds of menstrual cramps. It is important to relax your body, get some rest and not overexert yourself during your period. You can also try hot water bags to ease the flow.
Should I not bathe during my period?
You definitely should bathe during your period. In fact, studies have shown that bathing using warm water helps relax you during your period.
Should I not wash my hair during my period?
There is no reason to not wash your hair during your period. Go nuts with that shampoo
What do I do with period rashes?
Period rashes can be painful and they happen when you don’t change your pad or liner as often as you should. Remember to change your pad or liner at regular intervals to always stay dry.
What are the symptoms of periods?
Whether it’s your first time chumming or you’ve been chumming for sometime, your body will always give you signs that it’s about to have its period. Here are some symptoms-
- Mood swings
- Abdominal pain
- Tenderness or heaviness of breasts
- Back or thigh pain
- Discharge of a translucent, white mucus from your vagina
What is PCOS?
Poly cystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can lead to irregular periods, prolonged periods, ovarian cysts, excess hair growth, acne and weight gain. There is no known cure for PCOS, but medication can help reduce symptoms. Please see a doctor if you show any symptoms.
What is TSS?
TSS is Toxic Shock Syndrome. This syndrome is associated with wearing of super absorbent tampons. While it is treatable, it can be life threatening. Its symptoms include high fever, rashes, lowering of blood pressure and vomiting. It is recommended to not use tampons all the time during your period and wear a pad at least once a day during your period.
What is UTI?
UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is generally caused from the growth of bacteria in your urinary tract. Its symptoms include a pricking sensation near the urethra, difficulty to initiate a stream of urine, painful experience while urinating, burning sensation while urinating, a fever etc. UTI can also occur if the pad or liner or tampon is not changed at regular intervals.
How to use a Tampon?
New to tampons? The key to wearing a tampon AND being comfortable while walking around wearing a tampon is one simple mantra - RELAX. Yes, we know tampons are invasive and if you have never tried them, it can be intimidating. But, not to worry. Tampons are designed to support your active lifestyle and millions of young persons around the world wear them. Everything about LemmeBe tampons including its shape, design and material is meant to make you comfortable. Here’s how to wear a LemmeBe tampon.
- Wash your hands and your intimate area before wearing a LemmeBe tampon.
- Remove the hygiene wrap off the LemmeBe tampon, hold on to its string and pull on the string in a gentle circular motion. This will expand the base of the tampon very slightly.
- Use your thumb to hold on to the string and your index finger to guide the LemmeBe tampon towards your vagina. Breathe, this is not going to hurt.
- It is easier to insert the tampon inside your vagina if you are seated on the toilet seat and your legs are parted.
- Insert the tampon - guide it in a downward direction toward your anus. (Yes, that is the right way). Use your index or middle finger to push the tampon inside your vagina.
- If the tampon is inserted correctly, you will not feel it when you stand up. If you can still feel the tampon inside you when you are moving around or even when you are seated, you have not inserted the tampon correctly. Don’t worry, it might take a few tries to get it right if it’s your very first time. Don’t be discouraged, just tug on the string, pull out the tampon and try one more time.
- Once you have worn a tampon, you can get back to your usual activities like dancing, tennis or even swimming. If you are using a tampon while swimming, remember to change before and after.
- Change your tampon every four to six hours.
How do I remove a tampon?
If you found wearing a LemmeBe tampon easy, then removing one will be a piece of cake. It is recommended that tampons be changed every four to six hours. When a tampon has reached its capacity, there are chances that you might bleed and stain your underwear. We don’t want that, do we? So make sure you change your tampons at intervals. Here’s how you remove or change your tampon.
- Make sure your hands are clean before you handle a used tampon.
- Hold on to the tampon string and gently give it a tug.
- If the tampon is at capacity, you might feel a slight pressure while pulling out the tampon. Don’t worry, that is supposed to happen.
- Once your tampon is out, place it in a tampon disposal packet (available online or at a supermarket near you) or in a newspaper and place it in the dustbin.
- Remember, tampons fall under the category of Sanitary Waste, so you must dispose of used tampons as per the rules set by your municipal authorities.
Is it hard to use a tampon for the first time?
Not at all. The key is to relax. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to insert a tampon into your vagina without worrying.
Can I swim, yoga, or workout with a tampon inside?
Absolutely. Tampons have been designed to encourage your active lifestyle. So, if you are into sports, fitness, yoga or even swimming, you can continue with your activities while wearing a tampon. Remember to wear a fresh tampon before and after swimming.
Is it safe to use LemmeBe tampons?
Very safe. LemmeBe Tampons is made from 100% cotton, it does not contain any harmful chemicals and it is absolutely safe for you to use them.
Can I insert a tampon too far?
Worried about a tampon getting lost inside your body? That will never happen. Your cervix is too small for a tampon to get lodged inside. You can only push the tampon inside to a certain limit.
How often do I need to change the tampon?
Tampons should be changed every 4 to 6 hours.
Will tampons cause any skin problems or allergies?
Highly unlikely. Let's first understand why some tampons could have a harsh reaction on your skin. Cheaper tampon brands tend to use plastic and even bleach to make the tampon look brighter and whiter. Not a good idea, especially for people with sensitive skin.
LemmeBe tampons are made from 100% organically grown cotton and are free from harmful chemicals, so you are unlikely to have any allergic reactions or rashes from using them.
Can I pee while wearing a tampon?
Absolutely. Your tampon is inserted in your vagina and you pee from your urethra. Completely different openings in your intimate area. Your tampon will not interfere with your time in the bathroom. Feel free to pee without fear.
Can I use Tampon overnight?
Of course. You can use a LemmeBe tampon overnight, but be sure to change into a fresh tampon as soon as you are awake.
What is the absorbency of regular or super Tampons?
LemmeBe offers two types of tampons. You should select a tampon based on your flow. If your flow is heavy for the first couple of days of your period, it is recommended that you go for a tampon with a capacity to absorb 12 to 15 ml of liquid. On days with lighter flow, you can go for regular tampons with a capacity to absorb 9 to 12ml of liquid.
Why do I use LemmeBe Tampons? What are the benefits of it?
A LemmeBe tampon is tiny and comfortable enough to make you think you are actually not on your period. It ensures your intimates are dry at all times, it ensures comfort so that you don't feel like there's something invasive inside your body and it is cottony soft, so it doesn't feel heavy.
Unlike other tampons, LemmeBe Tampons don’t just help you love your body, they also help you love the planet! LemmeBe tampons are made from 100% organically grown cotton. This means they can break down a little over a month after disposal and won't pollute the Earth for a gazillion years. LemmeBe tampons are free from plastic and harmful chemicals that could irritate your skin. They are manufactured while keeping in mind the importance of maintaining a greener and responsible planet.
How to use a sanitary pad?
Using a sanitary pad is fairly easy. Just follow these simple steps -
- Unwrap your LemmeBe sanitary pad from its protective film.
- You could be standing or seated while wearing your sanitary pad.
- Peel of the adhesive on the back of the pad
- Bring your panties down to your knees and place the sanitary pad.
- Use the wings of the pad to secure it to your panties.
- Save the LemmeBe wrapper to wrap the used sanitary pad
How to dispose of a sanitary pad?
Disposing off a sanitary pad correctly is important. Always wrap the used pad in a newspaper or toilet paper before placing it in the bin. Also check with your residential complex’s rules on correct ways to dispose of a sanitary pad.
How do I know what pad works for me?
If you’ve just started chumming, it might take a few tries before you know what menstrual hygiene products work best for you. It could be pads, it could be tampons, or even be a combination of both. Take your time, you’ll eventually learn about your flow patterns and be able to decide what to wear during your period.
What are day pads and night pads?
Your flow can be different on different days of your period. So to manage your flow better, LemmeBe offers Day pads and Night pads. The Night pads have a wider rear to ensure you’re comfortable when you sleep.
Can I wear night pads during the day?
Yes, you can. There is no hard and fast rule that night pads should only be worn while you sleep. Night pads have the benefit of a widened rear that allows you to sleep without worry. So on days with a heavier flow, you could wear night pads during the day.
How often should I change my sanitary pad?
As often as you like. Ideally, sanitary pads should be changed every six to eight hours but if you prefer to change pads more frequently, go for it.
What is a panty liner?
A panty liner is a smaller version of a sanitary pad. It doesn’t have wings but it can be stuck to your undies just like a pad. It’s perfect for those last days of flow when there’s barely any blood. You can also pair it with a tampon in case you know you’re not going to be able to change your tampon as often as recommended.
How to use a panty liner?
Just like you’d wear a sanitary pad! Just peel off the adhesive strip and place it inside your undies. The organically grown cotton on LemmeBe liners will ensure your skin will not be irritated by using a LemmeBe liner.
How to dispose of a panty liner?
Again, just like a pad! Place the used liner in toilet paper or in a newspaper before you dispose of it. Check with your residential complex’s rules for disposing sanitary waste.
What is spotting?
Spotting is bleeding a few drops of blood - this could be a sign that your period is starting. It could also be a sign that your period is ending.