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Are there certain types of conversations that make you cringe? I know there are a few for me. I try to be pretty open and honest with my children but I’m pretty sure there will be a few toe curling conversations in the future. Ava at 2 is still too young to ask many questions but Kyle has always been very inquisitive. He knows he can come and ask us anything and that we will always try and answer him, or find the answer if we don’t know. When I was pregnant with Ava he wouldn’t accept a simple explanation of how the baby got in and out of my tummy. We were a bit baffled at how to go about answering him, he was almost seven at the time. We decided on the proper terminology, science side. He took it all in then got a bit bored with it all and stopped asking. 

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He’s zooming towards the tween years at the moment. He told me the other day about the lessons they have been having at School, ‘the gross ones Mummy’ so I made sure I sat and listened to what he had to say. I want him and the other two to know that it’s okay to talk about body changes, how they’re feeling and anything that may be worrying or upsetting them.

Whilst I will be having conversations with him, no doubt very soon, they will maybe be a little different to the ones I will have with my daughter. Obviously their different body parts will play a big role in the future conversations. When I think about the future talks I will have with Ava the obvious ones like puberty, periods, sex and relationships come straight to my mind. I hadn’t really thought about talking to her about problems that might occur like thrush, cystitis and BV. I’m hoping she will be able talk to me about any problems without finding it too embarrassing to actually tell me. Canesten® know the importance of normalising conversation about intimate health and common intimate conditions, between mothers and their daughters. Promoting female intimate health through better knowledge means women can self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence, which is what I want for her.

I can remember puberty being a time where I really wasn’t sure what was normal and what wasn’t. I tended to worry about things myself rather than asking. I’m still like that a bit now and as a worrier it’s something I don’t want for my children. I was lucky that my first experience of cystitis wasn’t until I was older. Not so lucky however that it was so bad I needed antibiotics, which unfortunately seems to be the norm for me if I ever get it. The last time I had it was after driving to Devon and not stopping when I needed the toilet. It’s always a good excuse now to make James take a break though as I think he felt a bit guilty! Cystitis is easier to talk about for some reason than thrush, which luckily I’ve only ever had once, mildly, when taking some strong antibiotics which is a common side effect. Knowing the signs and symptoms means I can self treat, or get help to treat the problem in the early stages. 

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240 Comments

  1. July 18, 2017 / 11:19 am

    My 5 year has cystitis this week which has spread to a kidney infection. Thankfully the antibiotics have kicked in and she is getting better now.
    I was brought up by my Dad so I didn’t really have someone to talk to about all the female stuff, not someone who had experienced it anyway.
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  2. Anthony Harrington
    July 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I wish I had not been too afraid to ask my parents questions instead of relying on “advice” from my friends, who it turns out were as clueless as me!

  3. laura banks
    July 18, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    not to be so embarrassed and ask questions

  4. melanie stirling
    July 18, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I wish I had known about most things but my mum wasn’t comfortable talking about intimate health.

  5. Tracy Nixon
    July 19, 2017 / 4:22 am

    That it was ok to talk to my mam or teacher without feeling ashamed or embarassed

  6. emma walters
    July 19, 2017 / 5:04 am

    i wish i had someone to openly talk to and ask questions

  7. Tracey Peach
    July 19, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Actually I think Mum & School covered it all for me

  8. Stephanie Coals
    July 19, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    That there really is no shame in asking my mum or any other female relative for advice or help instead of trying to find out through friends who didn’t really know what they were talking about either!

  9. July 19, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Not to feel embarrassed and talk more to my mum about sexual health.

  10. Tee Simpson
    July 19, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Its ok to ask questions no matter how silly

  11. Solange
    July 20, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Not to be embarrassed or scared to talk about it.

  12. Jo Hutchinson
    July 20, 2017 / 2:33 am

    Its ok to ask for more advice.

  13. clair downham
    July 20, 2017 / 10:17 am

    that everyone has the same problemns

  14. abigail edkins
    July 20, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I wish I knew that discharge was completely normal for most people. I used to feel so embarrassed and worried until I was eventually told by friends they they got it too sometimes

  15. Lynsey Buchanan
    July 21, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    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. I remember feeling embarrassed to talk about these things and feeling awkward.

  16. Vyki Sparkes
    July 22, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I have a teenager and she has always been too embarrassed to talk to me about intimate health, despite me being very open. I bought her a book in the end so at least she would have a reputable source of information. I wish she knew it’s ok to talk about these things and hopefully as she grows older she will start to feel more comfortable about it. I did teach her from an early age to always wipe front to back 😉

  17. joanna butler-savage
    July 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    don’t be embarrassed -my mum was such a prude!

  18. Jade Hewlett
    July 23, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I wish I knew that it shouldn’t be embarrassing to talk about and everyone is having the same problems

  19. carole n
    July 23, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    i wish i knew that it was ok to be like everyone else and their problems

  20. Amy J
    July 23, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I wish I hadn’t been embarrassed to ask my parents questions

  21. MARK THOMAS
    July 23, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    That these issues can affect anyone at anytime , and its a natural part of being human

  22. iain maciver
    July 23, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    not to be embarrased

  23. Alice O'Neill
    July 23, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I wish I’d had the Internet when I was younger so I could research anything that was worrying me !

  24. Annabel Greaves
    July 23, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I wish I had asked more about it rather than been too embarrased

  25. Sue McCarthy
    July 23, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    My mum gave this this little booklet about periods when I was young. I remember being so embarrassed and scared asking her to buy me a bra for the first time.

  26. Fiona
    July 23, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    That tampax are easy to use and you can use them from being a teenager! Changed my life switching from horrible massive pads!

  27. Mary Heald
    July 23, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    That it was alright to talk about it!

  28. Rebecca
    July 23, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I wish the internet existed back then to save from feeling too embarrased to ask questions!

  29. stuart hargreaves
    July 23, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    I would have stopped playing football much sooner than 46

  30. Lindsay Seels
    July 23, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Not to be embarrassed about asking questions or advice, instead of worrying and feeling alone.

  31. Karen Barrett
    July 23, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    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. Thank you

  32. laura stewart
    July 23, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    i wish google was invented lol

  33. Sidrah Ahmed
    July 23, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I dont have to be embarrassed and that i can talk to someone

  34. S Edwards
    July 23, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Never be embarrassed about ask questions

  35. Alana Walker
    July 23, 2017 / 4:57 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.

  36. Doreen Brady
    July 23, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I wish that I could have known there was nothing to be embarrassed about and that I could have talked to my parents about it. Also I wish I could have just googled the info that I needed!

  37. Lucy
    July 23, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    That it’s okay to talk about these things!

  38. Alica
    July 23, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I was very lucky and had a Mum I could talk to about anything, I am now the same with my children 🙂

  39. Catherine Whetton
    July 23, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I hope that my daughter will be able to talk to me about any ring

  40. Ann-Marie Gould
    July 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I wish i felt able to ask what was normal and what wasn’t but i was too embarrassed

  41. Rena Plumridge
    July 23, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I wish I knew about period, sex and relationships but my parents never told me anything I was left to get on with it.

  42. Vicki D
    July 23, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I was lucky that I went to an all girls school so our sex ed classes focused on topics such as intimate health which pretty much covered everything we needed to know

  43. Alice Dixon
    July 23, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    To not be embarrassed, and that everyone is so different, so everything is normal, I was always to embarrassed to talk to my parents about these things

  44. Debbie Gilbert
    July 23, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Never be afraid to talk about it – break the taboo

  45. Polly
    July 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Not to be embarrassed to ask about things.

  46. Marc Chivers
    July 23, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    That it’s ok to talk about it

  47. Justine Hughes
    July 23, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Not to be too embarrassed to talk about it.

  48. Sharon Worsley
    July 23, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Wish I had realised it is not taboo to discuss intimate issues! Went through too many of my early teenage years being able to talk about my worries regarding puberty and changes

  49. Joanne Darnell
    July 23, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    That thrush can last for years

  50. Amelia Kennedy
    July 23, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I had a book given to me by my mum about periods, sex, etc. at 13. I don’t know why she couldn’t actually talk to me a few years earlier, but it was many years ago I suppose …

  51. terri kelly
    July 23, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about

  52. Fiona King
    July 23, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I wish I had known I could have talked to my mum about anything without her judging me, but I was too embarrassed so it was not until I was much older that I was able to be open and she was most helpful and a great listener

  53. Lyndsey
    July 23, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    not to be embarrased to speak to someone about it

  54. rebecca h
    July 23, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I wish I knew that everything is normal and not to be afraid to talk to a doctor or nurse!

  55. Soph H
    July 23, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I would have liked to have been told anything really, wasn’t something we ever discussed

  56. Rachael G
    July 23, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    That everyone else had the same worries and concerns that I did.

  57. Danielle Rawlings
    July 23, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    thats its a normal thing to happen

  58. Amy PJ
    July 23, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I wish I’d known that tampons are easy to use and so much cleaner than using pads!

  59. Penny H
    July 23, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I wish I’d been able to talk to my mum about anything but she was from a generation that simply did not talk about things.

  60. Sinead ORourke
    July 23, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Not to be scared about it.

  61. Fozia Akhtar
    July 23, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Everyone is different

  62. Maggie Coates
    July 23, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I cannot really think of anything to say that has not already been mentioned above.

  63. MM
    July 23, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    That there is nothing wrong in talking about it, and your not unique

  64. Lani Nash
    July 23, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I wish I knew what was normal and what wasn’t

  65. Becky Duffy
    July 23, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I wish I asked questions so I knew That everyone was going through the same as me

  66. Emily Clark
    July 23, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I would have liked to have been less embarassed. I hated discussing anything like that!

  67. lyn burgess
    July 23, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    That friends were usually as uninformed as I was, and it would have been much better to talk to mom.

  68. Zoe C
    July 23, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    that it was ok to ask questions and not be embarassed

  69. emily downes
    July 23, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    That I didnt need to feel embarrassed about asking a simple normal question!

  70. Lynsey Harvey
    July 23, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I wish I had of known how common thrush was and what caused it etc

  71. Graham Ross
    July 24, 2017 / 2:24 am

    not to be so embarrassed and ask questions

  72. Elizabeth
    July 24, 2017 / 2:36 am

    There isn’t something I wish I’d known as I found it all out, but I only found it out because one of the other girls at school wrote my name and address on one of those little forms for the Tampax booklet. Otherwise my extremely religious parents never would have told me. It was quite a shock when that parcel arrived in the post.

  73. Heather Bowie
    July 24, 2017 / 7:02 am

    That it doesn’t mean you’re dirty if you get thrush or other infections

  74. Hekna
    July 24, 2017 / 7:33 am

    I wish I’d had the confidence to talk about intimate health with my family and friends at a much younger age.

  75. July 24, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I wish I knew that it was ok to talk about it – it felt like a taboo subject!

  76. Ellen Sheppard
    July 24, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I wish I had known to ask more questions. I suffered with thrush for ages because I didn’t know what it was or who to ask about it.

  77. Catherine Stewart
    July 24, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Don’t be afraid to speak to doctors if you have any concerns- you know your own body better than anyone!

  78. Mary Campbell
    July 24, 2017 / 10:35 am

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

  79. Sheena Batey
    July 24, 2017 / 11:36 am

    That everyone has doubts about there body and you are never alone.

  80. Michelle Carlin
    July 24, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    These things were taboo when I was young. I’m glad my kids feel that they can talk to me about everything.

  81. July 24, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I wish I had discussed it more with my friends at an earlier age

  82. Emma Gibson
    July 24, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    To not be ashamed to talk openly about it.

  83. Susan Hoggett
    July 24, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I wish I hadn’t felt embarrassed and alone with what I was feeling.

  84. Keshia Esgate
    July 24, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    That everyone asks questions at some point, its normal!

  85. Abigail Cullen
    July 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Not to be embarrassed and just ask questions, as that’s what parents are there for partly.

  86. Suzie W
    July 24, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Most people have had the same problems as you!

  87. Rebecca Lis
    July 25, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I wish i would have known what thrush was, how to treat it and that it is very common and nothing to be embarrassed about!

  88. sharon martin
    July 25, 2017 / 3:15 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

  89. Lori Darling
    July 25, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    That it was ok to talk about problems

  90. Allan Fullarton
    July 25, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Not to be embarrassed to talk about things.

  91. Kara W
    July 25, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    It’s not embarrassing to ask or show interest if you want to know more.

  92. Hannah Wallington
    July 25, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I wish I knew that I didn’t need to be embarrassed and that these hints are OK to talk about.

  93. Farhana
    July 25, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I wish I had learnt it all without embarrassment from my mum.

  94. Heather Hibbert
    July 25, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    That everyone is different, your normal might not be their normal

  95. Christina Curtis
    July 26, 2017 / 12:19 am

    I wish I knew more about periods before mine arrived at 12! I was horrified and felt so weird – I wish everything was easier to talk about and that it wasn’t seen to be a bad topic of conversation.

  96. Laura Jeffs
    July 26, 2017 / 7:06 am

    I was lucky enough to have very open parents, so there were no taboos in our household.

  97. Hali Kinson
    July 26, 2017 / 7:49 am

    I was lucky I learnt things early

  98. Mel Turner
    July 26, 2017 / 10:29 am

    To not feel embarrassed

  99. sarah birkett
    July 26, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    its better to talk about it than ignore it. talking can take 5 mins, ignoring can last forever

  100. ASHLEIGH RYAN
    July 26, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    i wish I’d known about thrush, I spent too long suffering without feeling like I could talk about it.

  101. Michaela Jennings
    July 26, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Not to be embarrassed about asking questions and things like thrush and cystitis are nothing to be ashamed of

  102. Joanna Ford
    July 26, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Not to feel embarrassed about it

  103. Tracey Belcher
    July 26, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I wish I had known that it was ok to even talk about it!

  104. Kayleigh Devlin
    July 26, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Sex can lead to cystist

  105. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 26, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    My mum has always been an amazing listener so I was very lucky, and I hope when my two girls are older they can talk to me about anything xxx

  106. hayley pemberton
    July 26, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    that it will change over time and it will be ok

  107. hannah wood
    July 27, 2017 / 8:07 am

    To ask my questions at a more earlier stage

  108. kimberley grant
    July 27, 2017 / 9:29 am

    To speak about it more openly.

  109. Robert Dittrich
    July 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I wish I knew anything about intimate matters, my parents never talked about such things.

  110. jamie Millard
    July 27, 2017 / 11:14 am

    that it was ok to talk about it and ask questions, nothing to be embarrassed about

  111. Donna W
    July 27, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I wish I’d known how important condoms are in protecting against the HPV virus. And I also wish I’d not been so uncomfortable about having a smear test as they are so important. I had a horrible cervical cancer scare a couple of years ago and needed invasive treatment as I’d not had one for 12 years!

  112. MichelleD
    July 27, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    To not be embarrassed and talk more

  113. Jane Adair
    July 27, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I wish that my Mum hadn’t been embarrassed to talk to me and then I wouldn’t have been so naive when I started dating boys

  114. sandy Ralph
    July 27, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    i wish it hadnt been quite a bad thing to talk about when i was younger i found out about periods from my best friend, parents just didnt talk about things like that when i was younger

  115. MANDY DOHERTY
    July 27, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I was very lucky and could ask my mum anything

  116. Ashleigh Allan
    July 27, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Not to be embarrassed

  117. Hazel Scourfield
    July 27, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    To keep pushing when you know somethings not right! And to not be embarrassed listing all the symptoms if you have to see a doctor. I’ve had doctors who wouldn’t listen but now I’ve done my research, stood my ground and found the right doctor the problems finally being sorted!

  118. July 28, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I wish I’d had more access to information – it was hard to ask someone and/or look it up in a book – the internet makes this so much easier

  119. Caroline Cordery
    July 28, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I wish I’d known what to expect about periods and what was normal.

  120. Emily Hutchinson
    July 28, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Just not to feel embarrassed about anything

  121. July 28, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    That it shouldn’t be a taboo and that it’s okay to talk about it.

  122. Sheri Darby
    July 28, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    That we all have the same worries

  123. Lynda Jones
    July 28, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    That Doctors have seen it all before, and not to be afraid to go to them if you have an intimate problem. I used to worry so much when I had any thing wrong down there !!!! thinking I had some terrible disease. If I had been taught not to be embarrassed it would have saved me so much anguish.

  124. Susan Trubey
    July 28, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I can’t think of anything.

  125. Sarah Austin
    July 28, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    To not be embarrassed about it and that its normal to have questions

  126. Carole E
    July 28, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I wish I had known more about periods and tampons

  127. Jane Middleton
    July 28, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Wish I’d known where to go for anonymous advice

  128. Ashley Phillips
    July 28, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    That it’s ok to talk about it.My 7 year old has been brought up like this and i’m so glad she is able to talk to me and not suffer in silence

  129. Jodie A Green
    July 28, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    I wish id known that the embarrassment from asking questions wasn’t necessary – everyone goes through it!!

  130. Keri Jones
    July 28, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I wish I knew that washing with soap was not a good idea! Also washing and peeing after sex will help stop UTI’s and other things x

  131. Alison Johnson
    July 28, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Anything really, my mum never discussed it with me so I sort of figured it out as I went along.

  132. alice lightning
    July 29, 2017 / 2:34 am

    dont be afraid or embarrassed about health issues talk to family who you are close to get any help you may need

  133. DawnLouise
    July 29, 2017 / 2:46 am

    I wish I had known more about how my body worked and how messing about with fake hormones would cause unnecessary issues in my adult health 🙁

  134. Heather Haigh
    July 29, 2017 / 6:50 am

    That it’s nothing to be embarrased about.

  135. Kim Lam
    July 29, 2017 / 7:26 am

    That nothing intimate should ever embarrass you

  136. Laura Asplin
    July 29, 2017 / 7:59 am

    I wish school had covered it more so it didn’t feel like such a taboo subject

  137. July 29, 2017 / 9:34 am

    don’t be scared to ask for advice, everyone has these issues at some point

  138. olivia kirby
    July 29, 2017 / 10:33 am

    It happens to everyone and to just ask what you don’t understand

  139. Elizabeth Cooke
    July 29, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I wish I’d researched more about an intimate health issues as there are so many products or medicine out there to help

  140. Marrian
    July 29, 2017 / 10:55 am

    That it’s OK to talk about and not embarrassing.

  141. Danielle Pooley
    July 29, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Not to be embarrassed to talk about it

  142. Sarah Parker
    July 29, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I wish I knew about how the cycle worked

  143. Emma G
    July 29, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    It is normal, nothing to be shy about.

  144. Julie Howarth
    July 29, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    That it was ok to ask anything you’re not sure about and don’t be embarrassed

  145. Helen Grayson
    July 29, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    That there were people you could talk to outside of family/friends!

  146. Gillian Holmes
    July 29, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    not to be so embarrassed and ask questions

  147. Ellen Stafford
    July 29, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    That it isn’t embarrassing to talk about it.

  148. jessica cook
    July 29, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    that it should be spoken about openly and not seen as a taboo subject and something to be embarrassed about

  149. Tracey Noble
    July 29, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    That it was ok to talk to my mum without feeling ashamed or embarassed.

  150. sue rushworth
    July 29, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    why i never used to brush my teeth when young i will never know

  151. Patricia Avery
    July 29, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Anything and everything. I knew nothing!

  152. Katy Malkin
    July 29, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    That I can get free confidential advice anywhere

  153. leanne weir
    July 29, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    i wish i had someone to ask those questions to

  154. Juanita Powers
    July 29, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    No one should be embarrassed and should ask questions as people will help and answer for you.

  155. Samantha R
    July 29, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I wish I’d known that it really isn’t something to be embarrassed about and it’s okay to talk about it.

  156. A S,Edinburgh
    July 29, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I was always quite confident about it, I wish I’d known how difficult some people find to talk about, so that I could have reached out to them more.

  157. Leanne Bell
    July 29, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I wish that I was told not to be embarrassed and that we all experience the same issues.

  158. Adrian Bold
    July 30, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Not to be embarrassed with body changes and to ask questions.

  159. Stewart Biddle
    July 30, 2017 / 2:32 am

    Not didnt know a great deal as a kid and being a bigger shy lad never asked questions about it

  160. Jane Green
    July 30, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I actually feel I was very well informed about intimate health and had a good education in the matter, I suppose I wish that others were not embarrassed to discuss it.

  161. Susan B
    July 30, 2017 / 6:23 am

    School covered everything well so I knew roughly what to expect. However, I wish we’d had better personal products available.

  162. July 30, 2017 / 6:31 am

    To not be embarrassed to ask questions; we all experience the same things at some point.

  163. Mary Baldwin
    July 30, 2017 / 6:39 am

    I wish that I knew a mid-cycle discharge was not unusual and was in fact completely normal and nothing to worry about.

  164. Emma Ferguson
    July 30, 2017 / 7:02 am

    I found out more from magazines

  165. AnnaS
    July 30, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Not to be embarrassed to ask parents.

  166. astrid c
    July 30, 2017 / 7:05 am

    nothing to be embarresed about!!x

  167. Victoria Prince
    July 30, 2017 / 7:07 am

    I wish I knew more about periods. I knew about them and I knew what they were but I still thought my life had ended when I started!

  168. Bev
    July 30, 2017 / 7:08 am

    That everyone else has the same worries and questions.

  169. Francesca Harrod
    July 30, 2017 / 7:19 am

    One thing – TALK!!

  170. Beccy Rowley
    July 30, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Not to be embarrassed to talk to someone about it.

  171. Pat Stubbs
    July 30, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Wish I had known to look out for thrush and get early treatment!

  172. Katie
    July 30, 2017 / 7:49 am

    That heavy, painful periods are not normal and can be a sign of a problem and the pill may only make it worse. Also, some people have real difficulties getting pregnant even when young… I did!

  173. janine atkin
    July 30, 2017 / 7:50 am

    that thrush isnt something to be embarrassed about

  174. sue mcdermott
    July 30, 2017 / 7:56 am

    not to be afraid of asking questions

  175. Laura Pritchard
    July 30, 2017 / 8:12 am

    That intense itching round your upper thighs is probably thrush, not an STD.

  176. Kim Neville
    July 30, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I felt self-conscious when I was at school talking about personal things

  177. jo liddement
    July 30, 2017 / 8:24 am

    My mum told me everything i needed to know and i was also given a book all about puberty,periods,etc which helped a lot.

  178. Samantha Bolter
    July 30, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I had parents who were young parents in the 60’s so never really got embarrassed about talking openly about sensitive subjects so I grew up with the same principles, it’s not embarrassing if it’s a natural occurrence or part of everyday life, my children are very open with their questions on sex, puberty and have friends that come to them for support rather than them go to their parents, there’s something to be said for flower power I guess! :0)

  179. Hannah Igoe
    July 30, 2017 / 8:41 am

    My mum felt quite open but I wish it wasn’t such a taboo thing and that people didn’t make me feel embarrassed to talk about it!

  180. Alison Macdonald
    July 30, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Wish I knew more about most things! I was very shy and my mum was very similar x

  181. Naomi Williams
    July 30, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Can’t think of anything really, we had talks at school about womens health and books to read. Mum was a very good source of advice too

  182. Jordan McCoy
    July 30, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Great post and competition

  183. Kristy Brown
    July 30, 2017 / 9:11 am

    I wish I had known that different soaps could have a massive impact on me!

  184. Pauline Dring
    July 30, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I wish i had known that I could buy Canesten by picking it up from the supermarket shelf. I bought it in a chemist and the man was difficult to talk to.

  185. Romana Richards
    July 30, 2017 / 9:18 am

    I wish I could have talked more to my mother about it as I just felt itchy due to tight jeans and man made fibres in underwear and I was too embarrassed. I just suffered in silence.

  186. claire woods
    July 30, 2017 / 9:38 am

    To go to the doctor if things aren’t right and don’t leave it.

  187. Rich Tyler
    July 30, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Not to listen to school gossip/rumors

  188. Judith Allen
    July 30, 2017 / 9:53 am

    My mum found it all very embarrassing, all I got about periods was a packet of sanitary towels and was told that I might be needing these soon. And off she went. I didn’t mind, didn’t want to talk about it with her anyway. I hope my daughter didn’t find me quite so hopeless.

  189. Kelly Hirst
    July 30, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I wish I’d known that it is ok up talk to your parents about intimate health

  190. Victoria Allum
    July 30, 2017 / 10:45 am

    How certain products such as soap can upset the PH balance of your intimate areas. Nowadays there are so many more natural products and information out there.

  191. Jules Eley
    July 30, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I wish i knew that its ok to talk about your body.

  192. CAROL PATRICK
    July 30, 2017 / 10:55 am

    My mother had me late in life, an only child (as she herself was) she had ery Victorian views on life & I could never talk to her about such things.

  193. Kath Amis
    July 30, 2017 / 11:50 am

    I wish I’d been able to talk to someone who wasn’t judgemental.

  194. Anita
    July 30, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I should have known it was natural to talk about it and not to feel so awkward about asking questions that I was confused about

  195. Sandra Jo Siddall
    July 30, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I wish I had the courage when I was 12 to talk about intimate health especially for all the questions I had about periods and boobs!

  196. July 30, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I wish I had access to the internet, I lived with my dad and never felt like I could have a minute alone with my mum when I did see her, I remember having my first period, I was at my nan’s house and my sister started clapping and dancing around like it was the best thing ever where as I was sat there not knowing what on earth to do! Luckily my dad would buy me lady things and always asked me to let him know if I needed more or different ones.

  197. Maria Hackett
    July 30, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    I wish i wasn’t too Embarrassed to ask questions instead of relying on google.

  198. LoobyLee
    July 30, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Wish I’d known more about ke gel exercises

  199. Fiona Timms
    July 30, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    not to be too frightened to ask questions

  200. Sheila Reeves
    July 30, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I wish I’d known I could go and talk to a pharmacist in confidence and not had to wait until thrush got so bad I needed to go to the doctors

  201. Lindsey Kent
    July 30, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    That it’s ok to ask questions – also that cranberry juice is a saviour!

  202. Caroline Signey
    July 30, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I wish I knew that everyone has these problems at one time or another

  203. Alisa Moore
    July 30, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Wish I’d known not to feel embarassed about talking about such things

  204. nicky pearce
    July 30, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    i wish we had google then

  205. Heather Brannan
    July 30, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I wish I had known it was ok to challenge my doctor and not just be fobbed off. When I was young i just accepted things and this led to my problem taking years to diagnose.

  206. July 30, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I wish I knew it wasn’t as such a taboo subject that I had built it up to be and that I could have spoken to my mum rather than guess and worry! x

  207. John Ettery
    July 30, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    That it’s ok to ask anything you’re not sure about and don’t be embarrassed It’s your Mom you are talking to and she won’t emarrass you or make you feel bad about what you are asking. In fact sh’ell be glad you had the sense to ask in the first place

  208. George Wright
    July 30, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Medical professionals have seen & heard it all before so don’t be embarrassed!

  209. Angela Treadway
    July 30, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    That you don’t have to wash with harsh soap’s down there, as it cleans itself lol x

  210. Angela Kelly
    July 30, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Not necessarily what I wish I knew, but I wish I hadn’t had gyne problems as a small child. The examinations made it difficult to move into the more adult gyne realm and not be afraid.

  211. Jessica Hutton
    July 30, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    That you are no different to any other girl so don’t be embarrassed. XX

  212. Bryan Murphy
    July 30, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Not to be embarrassed asking my doctor

  213. Ben Atkinson
    July 30, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I really wish I could speak openly to my parents more when I was younger because that’s something I want to cherish with my children in the future that they can speak to me about anything.

  214. Meryl Thomas
    July 30, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Do not be embraced by any question you ask

  215. Stephanie Crimes
    July 30, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I wish I had been brave enough to leave embarrassment at the door and find out the answers from those who actually knew!

  216. Emma Rawlinson
    July 30, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    That it was ok if I didn’t develop as quickly as some of my friends, and not to be worried about being left behind

  217. DEBORAH Jayne
    July 30, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I wish i’d have been more informed

  218. Emma Walton
    July 30, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I wish I’d known if there were more options regarding periods and sanitary wear. My Mum bought me a pack of Dr Whites and a belt. It felt like I was wearing a huge wad of cotton wool! (very uncomfortable).

  219. Hayley Colburn
    July 30, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    That all women are in the same boat, intimate issues are nothing to be embarrased about

  220. angela sandhu
    July 30, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I wish i had been told not to be embarrassed to go to the doctor.

  221. Tracy Hanley
    July 30, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I was embarassed to talk about things but do wished i had asked more questions

  222. kayleigh white
    July 30, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I wish it wasn’t such a taboo subject, its as if it shouldn’t be talked about but it should be spoken about freely with no embarassments!

  223. Hazel Rea
    July 30, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I wish I had known/believed that to a doctor all health problems are the same and nothing to be embarrassed about.

  224. Amy Lambert
    July 30, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    everyone is going through the same thing so theres no need to be embarassed!

  225. Sarah hanson
    July 30, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Listen to advice form other girls / women and don’t be afraid to ask questions

  226. Tamsin Dean
    July 30, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    listen more to the advice I was given

  227. Jamie Edwards
    July 30, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    That you have to ask questions or you’ll never know!

  228. Claire Hal
    July 30, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    That it’s nothing to be embarrassed about!!!

  229. ben robb
    July 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    not to be embarassed about natural things

  230. Lindsey Clark
    July 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    That its okay to ask questions about the intimate stuff!

  231. Neha Chauhan
    July 30, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I wish I had more chance to talk with my mum regarding personal matters openly

  232. Jayne Townson
    July 30, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I wish I’d known that it was a dirty subject and their was no shame in talking about these things.

  233. Michelle Wild
    July 30, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I wish I had been less embarassed about everything really.

  234. Monika Bascombe
    July 30, 2017 / 9:51 pm

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

  235. Chantel L
    July 30, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Almost everything! It wasn’t really talked about properly at all and I was too shy to ask questions.

  236. Tasha
    July 30, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I wish I knew that it’s alright to talk to others about personal problems

  237. Jane Gorton
    July 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Everything. School covered sex issues but Mum didnt want to talk about it and I was shy to ask questions

  238. tammy westrup
    July 30, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I wish I knew the changes were all normal and had someone to talk more openly about it all to.

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