Q: How can I make menstrual cramps less painful?
A: Relax with a warm water bottle or heat- ing pad on your lower back or lower belly. Gentle exercise, especially stretching, can also be helpful. Don’t ever take medication for menstrual cramps — or for any other reason — without permission from a parent or guardian.
Q: I’m 12 years old and recently got my period for the first time. Do I need to douche after my period is over each month?
A: Vaginal discharge and having your peri- od might feel messy to you at first. But rinsing or cleaning out the vagina with douche (cleansing with a special product sold for this purpose) is not a good idea. “Douching” can make you more likely to get vaginal infections. To keep feeling fresh, wash your outer vaginal area with gentle, scent-free soap and try using panty liners when you’re not having your period.
— Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health