Intimate Conversations With My Daughter & Your Chance To Win £50 in Amazon Vouchers With Canesten

I have two daughters and it’s really important to me that we have an open and honest relationship. It’s not something that I had or have with my own mother, and I don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.

I found out about issues surrounding intimate health from reading in books and magazines and I don’t want my girls to have the same experience. I want them to grow up with these topics of conversation being normal, so that they are not embarrassed to talk to me about anything.

My eldest daughter is now 10 and we are starting to have these conversations. She knows now all about periods and the changes that are going to start happening during puberty. We are starting to talk about conditions that women can get such as thrush and cystitis. If I ever come down with one of these I won’t hide it, I’ll be open and tell my girls about it and how to make it better. Honestly, if conditions like this are just normalised and talked about in our day to day family life they won’t need to be made a big deal of. And really, what is there to be embarrassed about?

If I had been taught more about intimate health by my mother I wouldn’t have had to rely on magazines to tell me what the symptoms I was having were. I wish I’d been able to go to my mother and talk to her and get some advice. I firmly believe I would be less shy of visiting a pharmacy or doctor to get treatment too. I remember once wondering if I had thrush and trying to self-treat myself with yoghurt! I was confused and too scared to visit a pharmacy. I don’t want my daughters to have the same experience. I want them to be educated and able to talk to me about any symptoms they might be experiencing.

Talking to your daughters about intimate health is so important and it doesn’t need to be a big dramatic ‘sit down’ conversation, you can just gradually start discussing these things in everyday life. That way, if one of my daughters starts to feel like she is getting thrush for example, she’ll know what thrush symptoms to look out for and how to treat it.

I’ve teamed up with Canesten who are committed to constantly find new ways of educating women to lead healthy lives and to share knowledge and advice – including working to allow women the access to information about intimate conditions. Canesten believe that a lack of formal intimate health education during puberty means that when symptoms of vaginal conditions appear, it can cause worry and many teenage girls have to figure it out for themselves what is happening. This is exactly my experience and what I don’t want to happen with my daughters.

As part of their raising awareness they are offering one of my readers the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment below answering this question…

‘What I wish I knew about intimate health when I was younger’

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  1. Alica
    July 21, 2017 / 12:59 am

    I was extremely lucky and got a Mum who would talk to me about anything. I have taken this with me all through life and now I am the same with my children. Open honesty is always the best way to talk to your children 🙂

  2. July 21, 2017 / 7:52 am

    I was lucky as my Mum was happy to talk about things like that, there was no embarrassment and I had a few books that dealt with the subject. In which case there is nothing else I wish I’d known.

  3. James Lockwood
    July 21, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I was fortunate in that I was able to discuss such things openly – my family have a ‘continental’ approach to such matters, in general.

  4. July 21, 2017 / 9:32 am

    That nothing is taboo. It is ok to be curious and ask.

  5. Kimberley Ryan
    July 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Not to be embarrassed, its something that affects us all

  6. Susan Lloyd
    July 21, 2017 / 10:03 am

    It’s ok to be scared about periods.

  7. Helen Thurston
    July 21, 2017 / 11:23 am

    I was lucky in that my sister and I could talk openly to my mum and nan about anything that was worrying us, and both my daughters know that they can discuss anything with me.

  8. July 21, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I wish I’d known more about common conditions such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis :o)

  9. Julie Kenny
    July 21, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I had to learn from my friends – I remember my mum saying you probably know more than me so I have nothing to tell you. I am honest and open with my own children and wish my mum had been the same x I remember a lot of my own youth being terrified I was going to die from AIDS – I really wish I had been given the information that could have put my mind at rest. I was also told not to go for my smear test as only dirty girls have problems! Luckily I keep my children informed x

  10. Tasha Hamilton
    July 21, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    That it’s ok to ask questions you don’t have to be embarrassed

  11. iain maciver
    July 21, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    to be brave and not be embarrassed

  12. Helen Humphries
    July 21, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    It’s okay to ask to see a female Dr! I was so shy when younger talking about personal stuff to male Drs but didn’t realise I could ask to see a female Dr, so sometimes avoiding going to GP altogether which is never good!

  13. Angela Treadway
    July 21, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Not to drown it in soap every time you wash down there! X

  14. Rebekah Summers
    July 21, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    to not be embarrassed

  15. Lindsey Stuart
    July 21, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I didn’t have a close bond with my mum whilst I was growing up! I was brought up with my granny and she didn’t think to talk to me about intimate health!
    I wish I had known more about periods! I always remember I was worried sick when i first was made aware of my period, I thought I was dying, luckily i had a wonderful head teacher who discussed it with me.

  16. Kat
    July 21, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I was also lucky to have a really open and helpful mum! School sex-ed wasn’t great and the Internet wasn’t really useful in those days so I’d have been lost without her.

    I’d advise any girl to check out some good anatomical diagrams! It helps to really understand what’s going on down there, especially if you ever need to seek health advice.

  17. Bev
    July 21, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    That I’m not unique and all problems are common!

  18. AnnMarie Gould
    July 21, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    What was and wasn’t normal with periods

  19. Lorna Ledger
    July 21, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    That all vaginas look different , and erm, well how to keep clean 🙂 x

  20. July 21, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Nothing School & Mum got it covered 🙂 x

  21. A S,Edinburgh
    July 21, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    What I wish I knew about intimate health when I was younger is that a lot of people aren’t as confident about it as I’ve always been, and that they might benefit from being reached out to more. It’s harder for people who are less certain about things to start that conversation, I think.

  22. fiona waterworth
    July 21, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    a subject never talked about, it was just left to you to get on with it

  23. Hazel Rea
    July 21, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I wish I’d known that to a doctor no part of the body is any more embarrassing than any other and you don’t need to feel embarrassed.

  24. cheryl hadfield
    July 21, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I was lucky to have very open parents, something which I hope my daughters think they have with me and my hubby too. But I wish I had known not to get embarrassed talking to doctors when it came to intimate health.

  25. ruth robinson
    July 21, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    i wish id felt more comfortable talking to my mum when i was younger about periods

  26. paula cheadle
    July 21, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I had wished that I knew about periods, I found out when I started having mine

  27. Tee simpson
    July 21, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    That its ok to ask questions no matter how silly i thought they were

  28. Lynsey Buchanan
    July 21, 2017 / 11:17 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.

  29. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 21, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I wish I had known its nothing to be embarrassed about and taking to my mum was the easiest thing to do, I hope my daughters feel the same and can talk to me about anything when they are older xxx

  30. Michaela Hannah
    July 22, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I was totally embarrassed by all things intimate as a teenager. I wish everyone had been more open with my about it all

  31. July 22, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Nothing really as I was told everything I needed to told.

  32. July 22, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I’ve ended up with PCOS and not able to have children. I spent my teen years paranoid about getting pregnant even though I was always sensible. Wish I’d known it wasn’t as easy as they made out and I’d probably have watched my diet!

  33. claire woods
    July 22, 2017 / 10:19 am

    To see your GP when you have a problem in that area without being embarrassed.

  34. Jade Hewlett
    July 22, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I wish I knew it’s not something to be embarrassed to talk about and you aren’t the only one going through these things

  35. lapsapchung
    July 22, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I think my Mum was pretty helpful and I never really had any question that weren’t clearly answered, so there’s nothing I wish I knew that I didn’t
    Jane Willis

  36. July 22, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    I wish I had known more about discharge and what was normal

  37. Felicity Williams
    July 22, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    My Mum covered these topics with me, and I did with my children 😀

  38. Sheena Batey
    July 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Not to use talcum powder around my lady bits.

  39. Mark Hopkins
    July 22, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Not to be embarrassed about your sexuality.

  40. melanie stirling
    July 22, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I wish that my mum would have talked to me,she never discussed anything intimate and I had to learn by myself.

    • Yasmine
      August 6, 2017 / 12:20 am

      Ok to ask questions

  41. July 22, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    To just ask, luckily my family are pretty open about anything but it was plucking up the courage to ask that I struggled with.

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

    Thats its ok to ask questions

  43. July 23, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I wish I hadn’t had problems with my intimate health as a small child. All that prodding was hard to forget. (Angela Kelly)

  44. Sheila Reeves
    July 23, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Had a reasonably open relationship with my Mum (for the 1970’s!) so knew that thrush wasn’t because I was dirty – have been open with my boys too about periods etc. and how their girl friends might be feeling

  45. Frances H
    July 23, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Whatever troubles you, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last.

  46. isis1981uk
    July 23, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    That Doctors don’t care what you look like there, they’ve seen a million vaginas & many far weirder!

  47. July 23, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    That its usually perfectly normal to have discharge in between periods

  48. Fiona
    July 23, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    That tampax are loads better than massive sanitary pads!!

  49. Marc Chivers
    July 23, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That it’s ok to talk about it

  50. Miss Justine L Hughes
    July 23, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Not to be too embarrassed to talk about it.

  51. S Edwards
    July 23, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Never feel ashamed to ask or talk about it

  52. Lucy Major
    July 23, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    That it’s okay to talk about these things!

  53. stuart hargreaves
    July 23, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    any problems go and see a doctor they are human as well

  54. Terri Kelly
    July 23, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    that there’s nothing to be embarassed about

  55. Amelia Kennedy
    July 23, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I was handed a book by mum many years ago … I wish she’d felt able to talk to me about it all and not left it until I’d actually started my periods! Luckily, I’d learnt a lot from my friends …

  56. Vicki D
    July 23, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I went to an all girls school so our sex ed classes covered everything related to intimate health and answers all of my questions

  57. laura banks
    July 23, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    not to be so shy and ask questions that way my mum wouldn’t have just handed me a book to read

  58. Fiona K
    July 23, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I wish I had known I could have talked to my mum about anything and she would not have judged me for my intimate health issues. It was not until I was much older that I realised what a great listener and how wise she is

  59. rebecca h
    July 23, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I wish I’d known that everything is normal and to never be embarrassed to talk to either a doctor or nurse!

  60. Susie Wilkinson
    July 23, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I think it would just have been nice for everything to be more open so that I didn’t feel like a freak!

  61. Lisa Evans
    July 23, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I just wished i knew a bit more as was so naive!

  62. Karen Barrett
    July 23, 2017 / 8:15 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

  63. Soph H
    July 23, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I wish I knew any and all information

  64. Danielle Rawlings
    July 23, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    That its something normal to talk about

  65. July 23, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I guess I just wish I had known what was normal and what wasn’t

  66. Sharon worsley
    July 23, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    That you should not be ashamed to talk about intimate issues. I was always so scared/embarrassed to talk about puberty and all that it involves as a teenager.

  67. Rachael G
    July 23, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    That everyone has the same worries as you do as a teenager – and that that is normal!

  68. July 23, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Not to be nervous or worried about using tampons. They’re so much better than pads!

  69. Claire Glace
    July 23, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Everything really, My Momma never had any conversations with me, not even menustration and so it was all very suprising and scary, it was the teachers at school who educated us!

  70. Zoe Payne
    July 23, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    not to be embarrassed about the changes in my body

  71. Alana Walker
    July 23, 2017 / 9:02 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.

  72. Fozia Akhtar
    July 23, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Everyone is different

  73. maria hackett
    July 23, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I wish i knew that everyone going through a similar changes and its ok to talk about it and don’t have to get embarrassed.

  74. Ann Robinson
    July 23, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    That everyones normal is different

  75. K8eG
    July 23, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Unfortunately I did not have a great relationship with my mum, who never really talked to me about much at all, which was sad as I am her only daughter. Now I have three girls of my own including twins and I make sure we talk about anything related to their physical or psychological wellbeing, we sometimes make it fun. (I change the lyrics from I’m defying gravity to I’m defying puberty if they are having a tough day) I hope that they always feel they can talk to me and ask questions about anything.

  76. nashath
    July 23, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Everything! I had no talk and had to find out everything myself. I will definitely be giving the talk to my daughter when she’s old enough.

  77. July 23, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I wish I knew that i was ok to talk about, and not embarassing at all!

  78. Sidrah Ahmed
    July 23, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    That i have someone i can talk to and i dont have to keep it to myself

  79. Lorraine Tinsley
    July 23, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    I can’t really think of anything, I was quite nosey and would research things or ask people. I found friends with older siblings were a good source of info or teenage magazines

  80. emily downes
    July 23, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I wish I had somebody to talk to when I was younger! One thing I did read was a fantastic PMS Diary! It was brilliant and gave me SO much informaiton!

  81. Zoe C
    July 23, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    That it was ok to ask and not be embarrassed

  82. Kerry Metcalfe
    July 23, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    That the doctor has seen it all before and won’t remember you when you’re 5 minutes out of the door!

  83. Lynsey Harvey
    July 23, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    I wish I knew about Thrush and how common it is!

  84. Judith Allen
    July 23, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I can’t think of an answer for this one. Don’t remember having any questions, but I do remember my Mum being embarrassed by it all. She bought some sanitary towels for me, and put them down in my room saying that I would probably be needing those soon. And almost ran out.

  85. July 24, 2017 / 8:47 am

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

  86. July 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

    I wish I had known that perfumed soaps would cause dramas!

  87. Jacqui Graham
    July 24, 2017 / 9:19 am

    My mum was more embarrassed than me. she just gave me a leaflet on periods (which came with sanatory towels). I kind or worked it out for myself – there was no internet in those days. My year 6 teacher was no better really, she explained it as a bodily function all about ‘the lining of your womb’ . I definitely learned from my unfortunate experience and would explain to my daughter in a loving sensitive manner/

  88. Anna
    July 24, 2017 / 10:49 am

    My mum was never very open with me so I makes me happy to know that you and others are being so open with their own children. I hope to be able to do the same some day when I have my own children so that topics such as health, which are totally normal, can be openly discussed without embarrassment

  89. Kamara
    July 24, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I think my parents did quite a good job of educating me. However, I suppose I wish I understood there was no need to feel embarrassed to talk to them about questions I may have had instead of panicking or assuming!

  90. Ellen Sheppard
    July 24, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I had plenty of people I could have talked to and asked questions from but I just thought that it was a private matter and you just didn’t talk about these sorts of things openly. It’s easier now as most people seem a lot more open and willing to discuss intimate health.

  91. Gillian Holmes
    July 24, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    That health professionals don’t do embarassed

  92. Louise Farmer
    July 24, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Periods aren’t something to be ashamed of! I remember sitting in a toilet cubicle at school trying to silently peel back a sanitary towel so it made no noise! Now I’m older I realise all my friends felt the same and wish we had just been open with each other, things would have been so much easier!

  93. Fay
    July 24, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Nothing really, which was pretty lucky really as I didn’t have a mother figure in my life to talk to about it even if I did. I learnt about periods from school & school friends & that was about it really

  94. charlotte
    July 24, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    id go back and say to myself nothing is ever too embarrassing

  95. Emma Gibson
    July 24, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Thats its ok to be open about it all.

  96. Jodi Hill
    July 24, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That it’s ok to talk about! & thrush Is very Common 🙂 would have been easier to talk about to friends and our gp.

  97. Emma Ellams
    July 24, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I wish that someone had told me how important (and unscary) smear tests are

  98. July 24, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    that it was ok to ask my parents things rather than to listen to my “knowledgeable” friends dodgy advice

  99. Lorraine Kirk
    July 24, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    It’s always best to ask your parents (not the group of ‘cool’ girls in the class!)

  100. Janice
    July 24, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I wish I would have spoken to my friends about things a little more

  101. July 25, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I wish I could speak with my mum about it, I find out everything from friends.

  102. Tracy Newton
    July 25, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Not to be embarrassed about anything.

  103. Rebecca Lis
    July 25, 2017 / 1:47 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!

  104. July 25, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    that is something bothers me its OK to see doctor, that I shouldnt be worried or embarrassed about it!

  105. Dawn F
    July 25, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I wish my mum has prepped me on periods when I was a kid because I started young and it was a bit of a shock.

  106. Laura Jeffs
    July 25, 2017 / 5:31 pm

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

  107. Lori Darling
    July 25, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    That it was easy to talk to health professionals

  108. sarah m
    July 25, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I wish that I knew I could open up to Mum about my worries about puberty!

  109. Kara W
    July 25, 2017 / 8:54 pm

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

  110. Jules Eley
    July 25, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I wish i knew that thrush happens to everyone and its not because you have not cleaned enough.

  111. Heather Hibbert
    July 25, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Everyone is different, your normal might not be someone else’s normal

  112. KARIM KHIMJI
    July 26, 2017 / 12:24 am

    everyone is unique

  113. Christina Curtis
    July 26, 2017 / 1:20 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.

  114. July 26, 2017 / 11:14 am

    That asking my mum questions wasn’t embarrassing and that she definitely knew way better than the friends I ended up asking!

  115. Mel Turner
    July 26, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Not to be embarrassed

  116. Alison Johnson
    July 26, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Anything really. My Mum never discussed anything with me so I sort of figured it out myself as I went along.

  117. claire griffiths
    July 27, 2017 / 1:08 am

    that it is not something to be embarrassed about and its ok to talk about it 🙂

  118. July 27, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    That curiosity is good…it’s the only way to find the correct answers.

  119. Julie Howarth
    July 27, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Not to be embarrassed and that your questions aren’t silly

  120. Amanda Tanner
    July 27, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Wish I leaned when I was younger than I was.

  121. Stephanie Keill
    July 28, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I wish my parent saw talked openly about everything . They didn’t explain much.

  122. July 28, 2017 / 10:19 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

  123. Carole E
    July 28, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I wish I had known more about periods and tampons

  124. July 28, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I wish I had known that washing with soap was not a good idea. Also peeing after sex helps protect against UTI’s x

  125. Jodie A Green
    July 29, 2017 / 12:19 am

    I wish id realised there was no need for embarrassment! it happens to us all

  126. Jennifer Roberts
    July 29, 2017 / 9:27 am

    That it is just biology and it’s nothing to be ashamed about.

  127. Lucy Mills
    July 29, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Don’t be embarrassed to ask – either a friend / family member or a doctor

  128. Emma G
    July 29, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    That washing it in soap is bad for it everyday

  129. Rai
    July 29, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Wish I’d known to avoid bath salts/bombs and pink loo roll – they give me cystitus

  130. July 29, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I wish I knew that these things weren’t anything to be worried about and we should talk about it

  131. Becky Duffy
    July 29, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    That I’m not the only person going through it, us ladies all go through similar things

  132. Solange
    July 30, 2017 / 4:11 am

    Not to be embarrassed or scared to talk about it.

  133. Tina Glover
    July 30, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I think that when I was younger we didn’t talk as openly about these kind of issues and I wish my mum had explained that it’s normal to talk about it. My daughter is 11 and I’m very open with her. I found a fab book on Amazon called the little book of growing up which we read together a few years back. I’d recommend it to anyone x

  134. July 31, 2017 / 1:38 am

    I wish i knew more about sexual health & periods. My mum only told me about periods when i had started one & sex ed at school wasn’t as informative as schools have nowadays.

  135. Natalie Turner
    July 31, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I wish I’d known not to be shy talking about it, I would tell myself that it’s fine to ask questions

  136. leanne weir
    July 31, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I wish I knew that other people had my insecurities

  137. Emma Salter
    August 1, 2017 / 12:25 am

    That it was okay to feel different.

  138. lucie fish
    August 1, 2017 / 10:12 am

    i was very lucky in that anything i wanted to know my mum told me, i just hope im as good with my daughters as my mum was with me

  139. Keshia Esgate
    August 1, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    That everyone is in the same boat at that age and its ok to ask questions!

  140. Beverley Cousins
    August 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Periods was always a no go area for me

  141. Nicki simpson
    August 1, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I wish I had been taught to not mess about with antibiotics,…… thrush life for many years as a young un x

  142. Michaela Jennings
    August 2, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    It’s normal to get thrush

  143. Holly Edmundson
    August 2, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    my mum would never talk to me about much which i wish she would the only convo i ever got off her was about periods x

  144. Jodie Cook
    August 2, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Luckily my mum talked about everything with me

  145. Tracey Belcher
    August 2, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I wish I had known it was ok to talk about it and ok to go to a clinic or nurse to talk about it

  146. Darren Mckenzie
    August 3, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Great competition

  147. nearlydead
    August 3, 2017 / 9:20 am

    In my day a long time ago we were given no guidance on any matter relating to sex.It is something I rectified with my own kids.They need to know.

  148. Emily Hutchinson
    August 3, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    That we’re all the same and so there’s no need to be embarrassed

  149. August 3, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    That it wasn’t an embarrassing thing to talk about!

  150. Anneka Avery
    August 3, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    My mum never spoke to me about these things and I had a big shock at 11 when I started my periods! I thought I was dying!

  151. Anthea Holloway
    August 3, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I knew nothing and my mother wasn’t very forthcoming but I learned a lot from friends at school.

  152. Nicola
    August 3, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    That ‘normal’ can be very different for everybody, and not to worry that I wasn’t like my friends, or what we found on the internet!

  153. emma smiley
    August 3, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    i wish i knew its not embarassing to talk about especially to the likes of my mum and other girlfriends

  154. Melanie stanbridge
    August 3, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I wish it was something we could of talked about, we had 1 lesson at school and my mother just gave me a book and that was it. Hopefully I have been more useful to my children.

  155. Tracey Yardley
    August 3, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Wish I had had a good relationship with my Mum but too late now 🙁

  156. Patricia Avery
    August 4, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Anything and everything. I knew nothing from my Mum 🙂

  157. Sophie Carter
    August 4, 2017 / 12:28 am

    I was lucky in that I could talk to my mum, however I wish school would have talked about it more to stop us feeling embarrassed.

  158. Carly Belsey
    August 4, 2017 / 6:39 am

    I was very young when I started my cycle and it really scared me as I knew nothing about it! I dont want my daughter to ever feel like that

  159. Michelle Carlin
    August 4, 2017 / 10:25 am

    I wish I’d been able to talk to someone about intimate things, but I couldn’t. My kids know they can ask me anything and they do.

  160. sarah parker
    August 4, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I wish that I had a book that I could refer to

  161. Sarah Fielding
    August 4, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I wish I knew that there is nothing to be embarrassed about and to open up and talk about any worries!

  162. Rebecca Barnes
    August 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Signs and symptoms of thrush!

  163. Rich Tyler
    August 4, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Not to listen to school gossip/rumors

  164. Claire Holtey
    August 4, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I knew nothing, my mother just said ‘oh, you know all about that’ but I didn’t. I had to ask friends. So I wish I had known something

  165. Joshua phillips
    August 4, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Most,y friends, now ledge from the streets

  166. nicky pearce
    August 4, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    be brave and ask

  167. Katie
    August 4, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Not to be embarrassed and talk to parents

  168. Corinna jennings
    August 4, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    My mum & I didnt have a close or open relationship & as such, I felt embarrassed & almost ashamed to ask her questions about anything. I found information from my friends at school. Back in the late 80’s, schools weren’t that great at arming girls with information & I so wish this was different. Even now, I feel slightly embarrassed talking about “women’s things” which is ridiculous. My conditioning I guess…

  169. Sheri Darby
    August 4, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    That we all have the same worries and doubts

  170. claire little
    August 4, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    that it was okay to discuss it with other people other than medical professionals.

  171. Rebecca roberts
    August 4, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Don’t be shy be open and talk

  172. kayleigh white
    August 4, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    I wish I’d have known how easy it was to talk to my doctor about things, because for years I dreaded the subject, but I only found out about having endometriosis by being brave.

  173. Dean Boyle
    August 4, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    The knowledge of the support and help out there

  174. Kayleigh Devlin
    August 4, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    To wear comfortable pants!

  175. Emma Rawlinson
    August 4, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I wish I’d known sooner that I could approach my mum with questions, rather than avoiding it because I didn’t know if it would be awkward

  176. Emma Topp
    August 5, 2017 / 1:04 am

    That it’s fine to talk about and shouldn’t be embarrassing.

  177. Heather Haigh
    August 5, 2017 / 7:35 am

    That it is nothing too embarrassing to talk about.

  178. Helen A
    August 5, 2017 / 7:47 am

    i wish i knew,back then… talking helps and not bottling things up

  179. derektwilson
    August 5, 2017 / 7:54 am

    I wish I’d known to air my insecurities and concerns about puberty and personal hygiene to my parents, instead of going through it feeling alone.

  180. August 5, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I wish I knew that if there is a problem such as thrush etc it is not “dirty” that it happens to anyone.

  181. Kay Broomfield
    August 5, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I was lucky in that I was always able to discuss anything with my mum.

  182. Vicki-Anne Smith
    August 5, 2017 / 10:07 am

    That its nothing to be embarrassed about.

  183. greig spencer
    August 5, 2017 / 11:01 am

    not to be embarrassed about anything

  184. Susan B
    August 5, 2017 / 11:46 am

    You are not different and you are not alone.

  185. August 5, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    that we all look different down there. and that body hair is normal!

  186. Jacqueline Roberts
    August 5, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Not to give into peer pressure and accept we all mature at different rates

  187. Marrian
    August 5, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I wish I knew it was OK to talk about and not embarrassing.

  188. August 5, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I wish I had felt more comfortable about talking about it with my mum instead of not asking all the questions I wanted to ask.

  189. Carla Carthy
    August 5, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    i wished my mom had helped me more with my periods and how to help with the pain and flow

  190. ali thorpe
    August 5, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    That it’s best to ask rather than ponder over thigs.

  191. Angela W
    August 5, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    That going to the drs is not embarrassing

  192. Emma Lynaugh
    August 5, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I wish I’d been able to approach my mum about intimate health and hygiene. It would have been helpful to know how to treat thrush or what discharge was normal, for example.

  193. August 5, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I’m a 32 year old man with a 4 year old daughter and between the lack of education and not paying attention, I’m glad her mother has a brain because I am absolutely clueless!

  194. Julie Whittaker
    August 5, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Not to be embarrassed as we all go through it!!

  195. August 5, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I wish I knew it was nothing to be embarrassed about

  196. janine atkin
    August 5, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    i wish i knew that thrush didnt mean you were unclean

  197. Victoria Prince
    August 5, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I wish I knew more about periods. I knew about them but not enough, so it was a terrible shock!

  198. Caroline Smith
    August 5, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I wish I knew more about everything….my mum wasn’t open about talking about things so I just had to learn as I went on, I will not be the same with my children.

  199. August 5, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I think of liked someone to say it was real about periods. I assumed it was some made up nonsense in a book – seems so daft and gross.

  200. Lorraine B
    August 5, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Lumps come and go during your cycle, wait until they’ve been there more than two weeks before you start to worry.

  201. Stewart Biddle
    August 5, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Wish i knew alot more than i did when i was younger always to embarresed to ask questions

  202. P Wendy Clayton
    August 5, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    My mum never talked to me about periods, I was 16 when I got my first one and was away from home on a school camping trip. I wish she had talked to me and sent me away prepared because I had to go to a teacher which was more embarrassing

  203. zoe brown
    August 5, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    we can talk about anything

  204. Katy Malkin
    August 5, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Just that it’s ok to talk and be open and honest.

  205. Kate m jones
    August 5, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I wish i had known that almost every other female has the same problems and goes through the same issues as i did/do, like thrush and cystitis for example. I was made to believe that thrush was caused by being unclean until i was educated properly by talking to my doctor. That’s what i wish i had known about intimate health when i was younger.

  206. Thomas Riley
    August 5, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    its ok to talk to your parents

  207. Maggie Drummond
    August 5, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Talk to my mum more often!! I always knew I could but I didn’t.

  208. Petra Hora
    August 5, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Amazing prize!

  209. August 6, 2017 / 12:17 am

    That we all have the same embarrassments and bodies , and it’s best to talk and ask about things

  210. Tracey Susan Anderson
    August 6, 2017 / 1:08 am

    What to expect during puberty

  211. Simone Griffin
    August 6, 2017 / 6:36 am

    I wish I knew that it is okay to talk about intimate health when I was younger – you don’t have to bottle things up – whatever the query is, it has been asked before and you’re not strange for asking it x

  212. Samantha R
    August 6, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I wish I’d known that there was nothing to be embarrassed about 🙂

  213. Laura Asplin
    August 6, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I wish i had known it was ok to talk about it

  214. Claire Fawkner
    August 6, 2017 / 8:15 am

    That it was ok to ask questions and talk about it

  215. Chantelle79
    August 6, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I were lucky my mum were pretty open with me about everything. I how ever have an older son 20 and a younger one at 9 who as autism, I’m finding it really difficult to broach the subject with him, not sure which way to go about it

  216. Rebecca Hussey
    August 6, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Mydad was a science teacher so there wasn’t much he wouldn’t discuss when I was young 🙂

  217. amanda greensmith
    August 6, 2017 / 9:48 am

    mum talked openly about it with me something i did with my daughter too

  218. August 6, 2017 / 9:48 am

    That I knew more about periods and how painful they could be and that’s it ok to talk about intimate health

  219. jacqui rushton
    August 6, 2017 / 10:06 am

    That everyone experiences problems at one time or another and it is fine to talk about it

  220. Emmi Lou
    August 6, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Need to teach our little ones about pH balance and the importance of keeping the vagina neutral. I think it’s really important that they learn that things like BV do not mean they are dirty or disgusting. If anything it means that they are too clean!!!! Use pH neutral soaps etc

  221. Claire W
    August 6, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I was very lucky my mum always made sure i knew i could talk to her about anything and i think the most important thing is knowing that its okay to talk about it.

  222. August 6, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I was very lucky that intimate health was always ok to talk about in my house. My mum taught me from an early age to just ask if I had any worries.

  223. Sheena Read
    August 6, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I wish I had known that perfume acts like acid in intimate areas

  224. Emma Walton
    August 6, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I wish I’d known there was more choice when I started my periods. My Mother bought me Dr Whites. I was like wearing a huge wad of cotton padding!

  225. Pauline Dring
    August 6, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I wish I had known it was ok to use tampons. It was said in those days you should only use them if you were married!!!

  226. NICOLA TAIT
    August 6, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    That everyones body is so different and there is no right or wrong way to look. Everyone is individual and you should be proud of your own body.

  227. Geoffroy
    August 6, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Not to be embarrassed about asking questions

  228. Alisa Moore
    August 6, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I wish I’d known it was ok to ask questions about it

  229. cat
    August 6, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    my mum did not tell me about tampons, read it in Jackie and sent off for free sample… Lifesaver

  230. Jo Hutchings
    August 6, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I just wish I’d known that it isn’t rude to talk about your body or ask questions.

  231. sharon martin
    August 6, 2017 / 4:21 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

  232. Mary Campbell
    August 6, 2017 / 4:24 pm

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

  233. Josh Gough
    August 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    No shame in asking for help

  234. Danielle Maycox
    August 6, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Not to be embarrassed, we’re all human and if you need to see a doctor they’ve seen it all before.

  235. Mel Evans
    August 6, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Not to be embarrassed to ask questions about periods!

  236. CAROL PATRICK
    August 6, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I wish I could have talked to my mother. She didn’t speak of such matters

  237. Hayley Todd
    August 6, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I wish I had known that I could talk honestly and openly to my mum about these things. I was never able to talk to mum about intimate things and have made a conscious effort with my daughters so they know that no subject is taboo, off limits and that they can always come to me with anything.

  238. DawnLouise
    August 6, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    How to listen to and understand your own body….and how much taking fake hormones such as the pill can adversely affect you later in life

  239. Jayne T
    August 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I wish I had known the truth and not had to find out misinformation from the school playground. I wish I’d known it wasn’t something to be embarrassed about and it was okay to ask questions.

  240. Ali Fanstone
    August 6, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I wish I knew that it was ok to ask questions, and no question was a silly question

  241. Kathryn Cox
    August 6, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Not knowing about periods was pretty scary

  242. Rachel Bee
    August 6, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I wish my mother was open and talked to me about these things.

  243. Caroline Shepherd
    August 6, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I just found the whole thing really embarrassing and my family was definitely not open to talking about personal issues! I’m determined to be less squeamish with my daughters – it’s just another part of the body, after all, and just as deserving of good health care as any other.

  244. Tina D
    August 6, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Not to be embarrassed talking to Doctors about any concerns

  245. Kam M
    August 6, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I wish I knew it was okay to ask questions, instead of struggling with new and confusing things alone!

  246. Kyomi Johnson
    August 6, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I knew I could ask questions but never really did I was probably too embarrassed more than anything

  247. August 6, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I wish I knew that it’s ok to talk to my parents about it and that it’s not embarrassing

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  248. Laura Findlay
    August 6, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    That it’s not taboo and it’s to discuss things with people.

  249. August 6, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    That embarrassing problems are common and happen to us all !

  250. Adrian Bold
    August 6, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Never to be embarrassed to ask questions you don’t understand.

  251. Natalie Crossan
    August 6, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I wish I knew girls started young as I started mine at 11 and was terrified!

  252. George Wright
    August 6, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Not to be embarrassed & just ask when you have questions because someone else is probably wondering the same thing!

  253. Monika Bascombe
    August 6, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I wish i was more opened about intimate health and was not embarrassed to ask questions

  254. Theresa Thomas
    August 6, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    Not to be embarrassed or nervous about speaking about it. It’s no longer a taboo. And you should discuss with a Doctor if you notice and changes

  255. Michelle Wild
    August 6, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    No to be so embarrassed about everything.

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