Curly questions

There are lots of questions students may find embarrassing to ask in a classroom setting.

Here are some common “curly questions” with answers supplied by our fully qualified nurse.

Teachers can print these off for distribution or suggest that students visit this page to find
out for themselves.


Students can also independently visit www.libragirl.com.au where they can privately ask our nurse about puberty, health and
hygiene in a secure, online environment.

Questions and answers

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      You asked
    Is it better to wear tampons or pads during your period?
     
     
     
      Libra answer:    
     
    It is best to wear pads during the night. It is not recommended that you wear a tampon for longer than eight hours and most teenagers sleep for longer than eight hours. This is to guard against Toxic Shock Syndrome. Try Libra Ultra Thin Goodnights with wings for overnight protection.

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      You asked

    How long should a period last?

     
     
     
      Libra answer:    
     

    This varies with each woman but the average is five days. The range can be from two days to seven days.

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    When could painkillers be dangerous?

     
     
     
      Libra answer:    
     

    Mild painkillers or analgesics such as Panadol are safe when used correctly. Like any other drug if they are overused or taken in large doses then they can cause problems to your kidneys and your liver. If you need to use Panadol for longer than 48 hours then you should consult your doctor. The occasional use of Panadol for a headache or a fever is safe as long as you do not have a liver or kidney condition.

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      You asked

    Is getting period blood clots normal?

     
     
     
      Libra answer:    
     

    Women with heavier periods might find they have occasional blood clots. When the flow is lighter, clots are uncommon but with a faster, heavier flow there is more blood and clots do happen. If blood clots are just occasional, there is nothing to worry about. If they do happen a lot and you are concerned, you should see your doctor.

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  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

  • Chickens can travel up to 15km per hour.

  • Liquorice can raise your blood pressure.

  • Your brain is more active sleeping than it is watching TV.

  • A snail can sleep for three years.

  • Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.

  • Podiatrists state that the average pair of feet travel about 190,000km in a lifetime.

  • Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.

  • Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves.

  • The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.

  • The human race grows by about 214,000 people.

  • Megeiricophobia is the intense fear of having to cook.

  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.

  • In one day, the human brain generates more electrical impulses than telephones in the world put together.

  • In Pacific Grove, California, it is a misdemeanour to kill a butterfly.

  • Babies have the strongest sense of smell. They can recognise their mothers by scent.

  • On a clear, dark night a human can see a candle burning 50km away.

  • An average person sheds about 750 grams of skin per year.

  • There are more plastic flamingoes in America than real ones.

  • The strength of all the hairs on one human head can support the weight of approximately 100 people.

  • Men sweat approximately 40% more than women.

  • The US bought Florida from Spain.

  • Elephants and short-tailed shrews get only two hours of sleep each day.

  • The male fox will mate for life. If the female dies he remains single till death.

  • One thousand tonnes of meteor dust falls to Earth each day.

  • Flounder swim sideways.

  • Cabbage is 91% water.

  • Mosquitoes have teeth.

  • Hair grows slowest at night.

  • Spider silk is a very strong material and its on-weight basis has proven it to be stronger than steel.

  • The blue whale weighs 50 tonnes at birth, and as much as 150 tonnes fully grown.

  • Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 B.C.

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

  • There are more people in the world who eat alligators than there are alligators that eat people.

  • The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps.

  • A horse can sleep standing up.

  • Bees have to collect nectar from four million flowers to make one kilogram of honey.

  • All porcupines float in water.

  • Scientists have found chocolate has a chemical that helps counteract depression.

  • On average a human will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.

  • The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract its claws.

  • Snails have teeth.

  • In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced.

  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

  • The average lifespan of a taste bud is 7 to 10 days.

  • A large cumulonimbus cloud can hold enough water for 500,000 baths.

  • Male monkeys go bald in the same way men do.

  • The fastest sneeze recorded was clocked at 166.7km an hour.

  • The highest temperature on record was 57.78 degrees on 13 september 1992, in Azizia, Libya.

  • Penguins have an organ above their eyes that changes seawater to feshwater.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of its life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • Flamingoes live up to 80 years.

  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

  • Facial hair is the fastest growing hair on the body.

  • Fish can get seasick.

  • The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument.

  • Seals sleep underwater and surface for air without waking.

  • Rats can go without water longer than camels.

  • The bird that lays the largest egg in relation to its own size is the Kiwi.

  • The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.

  • Swedish people drink more coffee than any other race in the world.

  • An average snail moves at a rate of 58cm per hour.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of their life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • Fish have been known to kiss up to 25 minutes.

  • Chocolate contains the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love - phenylethylamine.

  • A lungfish can live out of water in suspended animation for three years.

 
 
 
 
 

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