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Talking about intimate health {£50 Amazon voucher giveaway}

I love my children but the one conversation I’m not looking forward to is any of the grown up ones! Both my children are inquisitive little people and I like and encourage that. I always tell them there’s no such thing as a silly question and if I don’t know the answer I can help them find it.

However I know that soon my children will enter the period known as the ‘tween’ years, those troublesome pre-teenager years. I know that I will need to be able to equip them with everything they need to know to navigate those awkward years. The trouble is that *I* still find it a bit embarrassing to talk about certain stuff, so I’m sure sure how the heck I’m supposed to deal with them and the questions I know they will ask.

Growing kids need to know that it’s okay to talk about body changes, how they’re feeling and anything that may trouble or upset them. Canesten know the importance of normalising conversation about intimate health and common intimate conditions like thrush, cystitis and BV, between mothers and their daughters. Promoting female intimate health through better knowledge means women can self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence.

I remember being given a book about growing up when I was a tween. It was a silly book because instead of using real pictures of real people, it used made up pictures which didn’t make any sense. I remember taking it into school and my friends being equally confused by periods, body changes and babies and all those grown up things. I think it’s so much better to have someone to talk to than be expected to get the information from a book.

I obviously have a few years to think about how I’m going to approach these conversations with my own children. There’s nothing worse than being clueless and I know that if my children have some knowledge of what happens when they are growing up then they will so much better equipped to deal with these changes. I don’t want them to be scared or unable to talk about their worries. I hope they will always be able to talk to me, just as I was able talk to my own mum.

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  • Reply
    Connor Silver
    July 3, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I totally agree that no question is a silly question and when it comes to it I think that if you are open and honest with the kids when it comes to these things it avoids any embarrassment 🙂

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    July 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I was very lucky and Mum was very open with me about intimate health and I have also been this way with my children too 🙂

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    Tracy Nixon
    July 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I wished I’d known that I didn’t have to shy away from speaking to my mam about my intimate health for weeks because when I did eventually pick up the courage to speak to her about it, she was great and it was like a weight lifted from my shoulders!

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    Kayleigh Watkins
    July 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I have learned over the years scented shower gels aren’t always best, they smell beautiful but can irritate xxx

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    Laura Jones
    July 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    i wish i had been told how easy it is to suffer from thrush and how simple it is to treat not something to be scared of either

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    Jenna Parrington
    July 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    To avoid heavily scented body washes and bubble bath!

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    Tracey Peach
    July 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I think school & my Mum covered everything I needed to know

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    laura banks
    July 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    not to be embarrassed to ask questions

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    Anthony Harrington
    July 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I wish I had known that it was ok to discuss questions with my parents rather than getting incorrect horror stories from the playground!

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    Nikki Hayes
    July 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I wish I had been less embarrassed about asking questions – my mother explained all about periods to me but nothing about thrush or other common vaginal health issues.

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    Hali Kinson
    July 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I wish I knew about time of the month earlier

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    Abigail Cullen
    July 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve learnt over the years, not to use anything too scented, otherwise it irritates and reacts to your bodies natural lubricant.

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    Stephanie Coals
    July 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    To avoid shower gels, bubble baths or any other products that were overly scented or full of chemicals because they do nothing but irritate despite smelling amazing!

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    Nayna Kanabar
    July 3, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    You are so right about explaining things clearly to youngsters as it confuses them when they find out things second hand.

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    Gemma Thompson
    July 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Yes we definitely shouldnt be embarrassed about these things

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    Nelu Mbingu
    July 3, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    That’s one of the things that scare me about parenting. I tend to get shy very easily and I don’t know if I will be able to tackle such topics well enough.

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    Tee Simpson
    July 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I wish I knew that everyone is different and there is no perfect so I mustn’t compare myself to anyone regarding body shape or parts such as boobs

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    July 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Not to be embarrassed to ask questions.

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    Ana De- Jesus
    July 4, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I was given the ‘talk’ so to speak but I was never made to feel comfortable discussing issues like intimate health. I wish I was reassured when I had questions x

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    Leila Benhamida
    July 4, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Just been able to ask amy questions I wanted no matter how silly they sounded.

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    Danielle Spencer
    July 4, 2017 at 5:18 am

    My mother were very open to intimate health with us as a child and I had an older sister, so there isn’t anything I wish I’d knew, they were always there if I needed to ask a question.

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    Mark Cameron
    July 4, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Listening to my parents would have been better and not asking questions

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    Amelia Kennedy
    July 4, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I wish my mum had spoken to me about periods and sex more. I was given a book to read – very “old school” (but it was many years ago!).

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    Heather Haigh
    July 4, 2017 at 5:59 am

    That it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

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    Ellie Wood
    July 4, 2017 at 6:38 am

    That everything is normal and to be able to ask frank questions

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    Lisa Evans
    July 4, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I just wish I knew more about sex,I was so naive and gullible!

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    Simon LC
    July 4, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I think it’s important to be honest

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    emma walters
    July 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

    i wish i had someone to talk to, completely clueless trying to work it all out on my own!

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    Emily Clark
    July 4, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Washing with warm water is all you need – none of this Femfresh rubbish!

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    Emily Knight
    July 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I wish I knew that it was ok to talk about intimate health – that it wasn’t a dirty subject!

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    Jayne T
    July 4, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I wish that I’d had the internet back then to help me find answers, because I didn’t have a clue about anything and no one back then would answer questions. I wish I’d have known it was okay to talk about these things and not something to keep closed up about.

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    S Edwards
    July 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

    To share my worries with someone i would of done

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    Hilda Wright
    July 4, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I wish I’d known more about pregnancy and childbirth and what to expect. I was remarkably ill informed but then it was 24 years ago and things are pretty different now!

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    Christine Shelley
    July 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    To get on with having a baby young

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    Lucy Major
    July 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

    That it’s okay to talk about these things

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    Rhian Westbury
    July 4, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Every question is a valid one and I think it’s great your kids are inquisitive. I never really had those talks when I was a kid x

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    Ali - We Made This Life
    July 4, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’ve started having these conversations with my eldest and it’s been going really well. We just talk about things as they come up.

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    Fiona King
    July 4, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I wish I hadn’t been so shy when I was younger so I didn’t discuss intimate health issues with anyone. I didn’t know what products to use

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    Sharon Worsley
    July 4, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I wish periods etc had been better explained to me as when I started as an 11 yr old I had just lost my grandad to cancer and I was very scared this was also happening to me…

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    clair downham
    July 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

    that everyone at some points has the same problems so not to be embarrased

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    July 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My mum was pretty open with me, I suppose the only think I wasnt aware of and I think is quite important is scented washes, this has been mentioned a few times and I think its very true.

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    Karen Barrett
    July 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I am that old the subject wasn’t even covered at school! My Mum did explain one or two things, usually because she had noticed rather than me asking. It is the role of parents in my opinion to explain and guide their children, there are so many more educational and information resources out there to help.

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    Lucy B
    July 4, 2017 at 10:22 am

    to avoid using bubble bath

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    Zoe C
    July 4, 2017 at 10:35 am

    That I could ask questions and not feel embarrassed, something I am making sure my daughter is ok with so she can approach me with any problems

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    Mel Turner
    July 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Always listen

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    olivia Kirby
    July 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I just wish I could have had the internet to find it out myself, although I got there in the end and it hasn’t done me any harm – I’m a very private and insular kind of person! I’m happy(ish) to talk to my doctor or a nurse though.

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    Natasha M
    July 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

    That every other person is going through the same things / changes so its ok to talk!

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    rebecca h
    July 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

    It’s such an important topic. I wish I’d known that every doctor has seen everything before there is no need to be embarrassed at all and to get checked out!

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    July 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I tended to ask my older sister rather than my mum but would have been good to have been able to be open about things xx

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    Emily Hutchinson
    July 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I was lucky and my mum always answered questions because she wasn’t so lucky and wasn’t told anything

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    Danielle Spencer
    July 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Not be too embarrassed to talk to my mum!

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    Tammy Tudor
    July 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I wish I’d known what is normal and it is okay to be open about issues

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    kim jackson
    July 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I was very lucky and Mum was very open with me about intimate health

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    Gail reid
    July 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Never never never never use original source tea tree shower gel in your intimate places!!!!! Ow

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    Ellen Sheppard
    July 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I wish I had known or asked about thrush, I suffered for years before I realised what was wrong.

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    Lani Nash
    July 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I wish I had known how common thrush is and what the symptons are

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    Justine Hughes
    July 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I wish I had known not to feel so embarrassed to talk about it.

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    Heather Hibbert
    July 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Not to be too shy to ask things!

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    Emma Wallace
    July 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I knew quite a lot as my mum suffered from cystitis a lot so it wasn’t something unusual and thrush was also talked about – could go to my mum about anything

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    Emma Gibson
    July 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Just more in general.

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    Lynda Jones
    July 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I wish my mother has explained about periods and the different sanitary options. Once I knew about panty liners, tampons as well as ordinary towels for heavier flow days, I took it all in my stride but at first I thought it meant not having fun and joining in with my friends at certain times of the month

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    Alana Walker
    July 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I wish I’d know that it was common for women to have intimate problems, and not to worry about visiting the doctors because they’ve seen it all before.

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    Helen W
    July 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I wish I had known more about things like cystitis, thrush, bacterial vaginosis.

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    Sophia Miller
    July 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I wish I’d known more about UTIs

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    Becky Duffy
    July 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    That there’s nothing to be embarrassed about, us women all go through it

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    Katie W
    July 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    That everyone is normal! And that it’s never embarassing to ask for a second opinion.

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    July 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    That there’s nothing to be embarrassed about it, it’s all perfectly normal but unfortunately feels so hidden still!

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    Jo Carroll
    July 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I wish I knew how many other girls worried about exactly the same things as me but we never really spoke about it.

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    Rachael G
    July 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    That heavy periods are normal for some girls. And that is okay.

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    Helen Rodwell
    July 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Wash with down below with warm water, don’t use scented products and don’t slap on the moisturizer.

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    Fozia Akhtar
    July 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Don’t be too shy to ask for advice

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    Danielle Rawlings
    July 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    That its all natural

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    Marc Chivers
    July 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    It’s ok to ask questions

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    Ali Thorpe
    July 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    That none of it’s embarrassing as we’re all the same.

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    Heather Bowie
    July 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I wish I’d known how to remove hair properly rather than trying to steal my dad’s razor and cut him and me to shreds

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    Carole E
    July 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I wish I had known more about cystitis and thrush

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    Emily OMara
    July 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    that other people most probably have the same issues

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    Lydia Graham
    July 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I don’t think there was anything that I wish I’d known when I was younger

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    Kristy Brown
    July 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    How scented soaps could affect me!!

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    Vicki D
    July 5, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I have to say I was fortunate to have sex ed at school and I went to an all girls school so the classes focused on issues such as intimate health

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    Lynsey Buchanan
    July 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I wish I knew that it is very important to gain knowledge about intimate health and that it is a natural body change that happens to all girls so completely normal.

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    Jane Willis
    July 5, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I was lucky – even though it was the 1960s and these things were all very hush hush, my Mum talked freely about them with me so I always understood what was happening to my body and was reassured that it was normal.

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    Samantha O'D
    July 5, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I wish I had been told about things before hearing it from other kids first

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    July 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I wish I’d known that it’s ok to ask questions

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    Rich Tyler
    July 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I wish I’d known not to listen to school gossip / rumors

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    rachel t
    July 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    i spoke to my eldest daughter about growing up at 9 due to early periods

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    Lorraine Kirk
    July 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Intimate education seemed to be a ‘one off’ occasion in my school. There should be more information available on a continual basis, leaflets etc so that children can ask questions or find out information at any time.

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    Doreen Brady
    July 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I wish I hadn’t been embarrassed to ask my mum questions when I was younger. I make sure and talk about lot’s of things in front of my children so that they know they can come to me about anything and not be embarrassed.

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    Jen Schofield
    July 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    That’s it’s not only happening to you.

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    Maggie Coates
    July 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I cannot think of anything that has not already been said.

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    Laura Jeffs
    July 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I was very lucky as my parents were very open with me , never had any problem in that respect

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    melanie stirling
    July 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    My mum never spoke to me about anything intimate so I wish she had been more open to discussion.I have been totally different with my children though and they can talk about anything with me.

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    Jade Hewlett
    July 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    That I shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask questions and that everyone is going through the same things, it’s not just me.

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    Soph H
    July 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Anything really I was from a very quiet family who didn’t discuss these things!

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    July 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I wish I’d known where to go for advice, be it a person or a reliable website. There’s lots of poor information out there!

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    Tracey Belcher
    July 6, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I wish I knew that it was OK to talk about it to my mother!

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    Christina Curtis
    July 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    It’s totally natural, your not alone and it’s ok to talk about it all.

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    leanne weir
    July 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    That everyone has been there before you so do not worry

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    July 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I wish I’d known Thrush could be caused by antibiotics

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    gabby evans
    July 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    to know mor about periods

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    Hayley Warren
    July 7, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I wish I knew more about infections that could occur, especially UTIs and how to avoid them. I had a lot when I was younger.

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    lyn burgess
    July 7, 2017 at 12:50 am

    I wish I’d realised that I could ask my mom anything (which I could have), but when you are young you tend to be a little shy and think you are the only one with a problem.

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    July 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I wish I was told how to take care of myself after giving birth and also informed more about coils!

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    Shannon Bryson
    July 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I wish so much that someone had sat down with me and told me about what’s normal and what wasn’t when it came to intimate health. I have almost next to no knowledge about female conditions.

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    Susan Hoggett
    July 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I wish I’d not been afraid of talking through things and realise that I’m not alone with all my fears!

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    Kev C
    July 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I wish I’d known that bread crusts wouldn’t make my hair curly!!

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    Mary Campbell
    July 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    That no question, big or small, trivial or serious, is too embarrassing to discuss with other people

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    Jessica Quinn
    July 8, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I wish I’d known that I didn’t have to hide it and that it wouldn’t be so embarassing to talk to my mum about it

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    Jamie Millard
    July 9, 2017 at 12:54 am

    that it was a positive thing to talk about it and ask questions

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    Allison Sherwood
    July 9, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I wish I knew that we are not all the same and our bodies work and look differently to each other.

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    July 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I wish I’d known it was OK to talk about and not be too embarrassed.

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    katie w
    July 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    that its ok to talk about and most of the time its perfectly normal

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    Faye Reed
    July 9, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I wish I’d been less embarrassed about it and talked about it with my mam.

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    Julie Howarth
    July 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Luckily I could talk to my mum about anything without feeling embarrassed

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    Katy M
    July 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I wish I’d have had the internet to look things up – I would never have discussed things like that with my mum!

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    July 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Not to be so embarrassed

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    iain maciver
    July 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    don’t be frightened to talk about things

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    Jennifer Turnbull
    July 9, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve always encouraged my daughter to be open and talk about things like this with me.

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    Monika Bascombe
    July 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I wish i was more opened about intimate health with my mum and health professionals

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    Jane Middleton
    July 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I wish there was more information available to look up anonymously when I was younger.

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    Susie Wilkinson
    July 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I wish I’d have known that it really isn’t a dirty little secret, it’s all perfectly natural!

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    A S,Edinburgh
    July 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    That some people say “vagina” when they mean “vulva”. It would have saved a bit of confusion! Great article, thank you.

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    Roseanna Scott
    July 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

    That everyone is different and that normal can vary from one to another

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    Erica Price
    July 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I wish my mum had talked to be about periods. I’d read about them in a book, but didn’t believe there could really be such a thing.

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    July 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

    That most things are normal!

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    Paula T
    July 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    My mum was always happy to answer questions so was never embarrassed so am exactly the same way with my girls xx

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    ann goody
    July 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I wish that Canestan had been available over the counter in the 80’s , would of saved me hours waiting to see the doctor

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    claire woods
    July 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    What thrush is and how to treat it.

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    greig spencer
    July 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

    just not to be embarrassed and talk to my parents and teachers about stuff

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    Charlotte Hoskins
    July 10, 2017 at 8:36 am

    That everyone has issues so if something is going on downstairs, be open and you’ll find friends have similar issues

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    July 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    i wish I’d been confident enough to realise that vaginas were supposed to smell like vaginas, not flowers!

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    Annette Burnham
    July 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    What I wish I’d known about intimate health when younger? Cottoning on too late about eyebrows – noticing one day all your friends have shaped brows and yours are hairy caterpillars! 🙂

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    Vicki-Anne Smith
    July 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I wish i’d known that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about talking about intimate health.

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    Hannah Scudder
    July 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I wish I had been more confident to talk about any of it!

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    July 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    That boys could wonder too and that’s OK

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    Kimberley Ryan
    July 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

    not to be embarrassed as its something that affects everyone

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    Alison Macdonald
    July 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    That your mum was young too once and wish I’d had more confidence to talk about intimate things with her!

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    Victoria Allum
    July 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

    My mum informed me about periods at quite a young age but wasn’t prepared for all the other intimate health problems such as thrush. My children now are quite open and talk about all sorts of things.

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    Chris Knowles
    July 10, 2017 at 11:15 am

    The grown up conversations will
    probably be just as awkward and embarrassing for them as they will be for you. They are however a necessity so bite the bullet and you’ll be just fine!

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    hannah igoe
    July 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I wish I had not felt embarrassed to talk about it and I wish that other people didn’t attach such a stigma to it. Its good to talk about it!

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    Christine Hobbs
    July 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

    That its not good to use scented soaps and wipes ‘down there’ my three daughters have just recently told me, they teach me more than I teach them xx

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    Christine Taylor
    July 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I just wish how I knew how to talk to my Mum about it, I always got so embarrassed so never asked her anything and had to learn the hard way x

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    samantha buntain
    July 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I wish I knew that everyone is different and people won’t judge you if you ask a question x

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    Paula Gwynne
    July 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I was too nervous to talk to my mum about anything let alone intimate health. Thankfully I have a lovely relationship with my daughter who is not too scared to talk to me.

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    Eleanor P
    July 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I wish I had known that it was perfectly OK – and sometimes necessary – to ask questions!

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    Antonia Richardson
    July 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    to do your pelvic floor exercises

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    Maria Hackett
    July 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I wish i knew that people won’t judge when you ask questions and it is good to talk to someone about it who knows more about it, doctors etc

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    Andrea F
    July 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I wish I’d known about reusable sanitary protection

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    mary chez
    July 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I wish I had been less embarrassed about asking questions

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    Sheri Darby
    July 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    That everyone has the same worries

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    Kim M
    July 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Didn’t even know about menopausal symptoms, such as dryness and painful intercourse – wish these things were talked about more x

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    Stewart Biddle
    July 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    So difficult to speak about i wish i knew who to speak to about it but i didnt

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    Clare Hubbard
    July 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Not to be afraid to ask questions

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    Mrs Rachel Heap
    July 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I wish i had not been so embarassed about asking intimate questions

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    Sandra Jo Siddall
    July 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I wish I had been less embarrassed about asking about periods because my mum was dying from lung cancer and I couldn’t ask the questions we all have and so I was scared when I eventually got mine at 15.

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    Sharron Page
    July 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I think it is important to always ask questions and not be embarrased

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    Sharron Page
    July 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I think it is important to always ask questions and not be embarrassed

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    Gillian Holmes
    July 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Doctors have seen it all before

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    Angela Kelly
    July 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I’m one of the lucky ones, my Mum was always open and honest so I didn’t have any worries.

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    Sheena Batey
    July 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I wish I had known not to use talcum powder in intimate areas.

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    Laura Pritchard
    July 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I wish I knew that no one else can smell you! The angst of paranoia I experienced!

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    Thomas Riley
    July 10, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    it’s okay to talk about these things

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    Judith Allen
    July 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I remember my mum giving me a packet of sanitary towels and saying that I might be needing these soon. And then she almost ran way. We’d already covered it in school, so I was just amused by it. I really didn’t want to have a conversation with my mum about anything personal. Just as well she bought me the towels though, think I started my period the summer before senior school.

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    Jessica Hutton
    July 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I wish I knew not to be embarrassed to ask questions or talk about things xx

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    Samantha R
    July 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I wish I’d known it’s nothing to be ashamed of – it annoys me that it’s still quite a taboo subject to talk about.

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    Tracy Newton
    July 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I wish I had talked about my feelings when I was younger. Some thing I am determined to do with my son.

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    Sheena Read
    July 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I wish I’d known that anything with perfume in it causes irritation. In soaps, bubble bath, bath salts, shower gel etc.

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    janine atkin
    July 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    i wish intimate health didnt feel so embarrasing to talk about. i still find it uncomfortable now

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    Elaine Livingstone
    July 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    that a vaginal douching is not recommended

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    Victoria Prince
    July 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I wish I had known more about periods – I remember when I started mine I locked myself in the toilet and cried and cried!

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    Phil Boyle
    July 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Avoid strongly scented body washes , bubble bath & shower gels.

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    fiona waterworth
    July 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I wish someone had told us at school about the menstral cycle, it came as a nasty surprise, I thought I was dying

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    claire little
    July 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    not to be ashamed in asking question

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    Sarah hanson
    July 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Every body gets it, don’t be embarrassed to buy something at the chemist

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    Nancy Bradford
    July 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I think I was lucky that I found out most things as I needed to know them but I did spend a bit of time being a bit confused when I was younger because my brother told me that ladies “pooped out babies”.

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    Vicky Robinson
    July 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I wish my mother had been more open and easy to talk to. I couldn’t talk to my mother about anything to do with intimate health and I wish I could have done. I couldn’t even tell her when I got my period as she just was so unapproachable with things like that. She informed me about periods and sex by giving me a booklet to read at 9 about growing up/body changes and periods and a book at 11 or 12 about sex. We never discussed anything that was in the book together and I certainly was not free to go and ask any questions! Later when I lived with my grandma, she told me all sorts of things, she told me when her period started (age 15) and when it ended (52) so I have a lot more knowledge from my grandma. I have no idea any of these things from my own mother as it’s still not the type of stuff she would discuss.

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    Emma Walton
    July 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I wish I had known you are not supposed to wash the inside of your vagina!

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    Linda Curtis
    July 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    i think to be confident and ask the right people
    i like to think my daughter could always talk to me no matter what the subject

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    Adrian Bold
    July 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Not to be embarrassed to ask any questions.

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    Angela Wilcox
    July 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I was lucky and my mum was happy to answer any questions I had. I’ve always been open to talking to my kids too.

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    tracy sinclair
    July 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I wish I’d known so much as my mother never discussed anything with us, think she was too embarrassed, now I know there’s nothing at all to be embarrassed about and can discuss everything openly with my kids x

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    Jo Hutchinson
    July 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I wished I’d known not to use scented products

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    Tina D
    July 10, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    more in general

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    A Moore
    July 10, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I wished I had known not to feel so alone about experiencing periods early on

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    sharon martin
    July 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    my mum didn’t talk about this kind of thing so everything & anything would have been a bonus, so its made me determined to make sure my kids don’t feel like they can’t as questions

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