Do I have white discharge as a teenager?

A t'on des pertes blanches à l'adolescence ?

Karine is 20 years old and is a student in digital communication. She is one of our subscribers and was selected to be one of our models for our shootings. Content creator on social networks, today, Karine talks to us about her adolescence, her relationship with menstruation, and she gives us her opinion on Elia menstrual panties.

Why did you decide to participate in an Elia shoot?

"It's a brand that conveys beautiful messages and with whom I share the same values. It was a real pleasure for me to participate in this shoot and interview."

You are very touched by the subjects considered taboo (puberty, white losses...) did they influence you growing up?

"Regarding puberty, not especially because I was very well surrounded by my parents. They always talked to me about everything since I was little. There was never any taboo, I was never surprised growing up. As far as white dischargehairiness

What do you think is the best way to combat these taboos?

"I think social media really does the job. There's a lot of information out there. There's also false information. But I think young people today are learning a lot of things on social media. Afterwards, talking about it, for example with parents, would also be good. Between friends too, we learn a lot of things. Above all, you have to talk, talk a lot. A lot of communication. And social networks are a good idea."

You are very present on social networks, what do you talk about?

"On my social networks, I really talk about everything. Initially, I was talking a lot more about all things hair care for frizzy hair. After that, it kind of branched out, and it's really natural in the sense that I'll see a post that's going to resonate with me, I'll re-share it in a story, and then we'll talk about it. So it can really be about anything. It could be, I don't know, about a news story, or this person will have said something that may have shocked me... We really do talk about everything."

Going back to the topic of menstruation, how do you live your cycle?

"Regarding my cycle... I live it really well. I've never had any problems with it. I don't necessarily have

What do you think about menstrual panties Elia?

"I had the opportunity to test, among the menstrual panties

Do you have any books, podcasts, people to follow that you recommend?

"On Instagram, I follow a page called Feminist. It's a page that re-post content from other creators. A lot of times the content is really interesting. For example, once I saw a post, which I had actually re-shared in a story that really made me laugh. There was a picture with a girl having her period, and on the post, it was written in English: "When I have my period, I go to the bathroom a lot more." It really made me laugh, because it's something we never talk about. That is to say, when we talk about symptoms when we have our period, it's more like, "Yeah, I have mood swings, I have pimples, I have a stomachache, etc." But I have never heard someone say: "When I have my period, I go to the bathroom a lot more". And since this is my case, I had shared it in a story, and I had talked about it with other subscribers. Frankly, we had a good laugh, because I realized that the majority of girls, went to the bathroom a lot more when they had their period. Then, there is a movie that I would recommend to watch, called "Desert Flower". It's basically a book, which was later adapted into a movie. It's about a Somali girl who has been excised. The main subject is the excision, her experience with it and the repercussions it had on her life and on her. It's a film that really shook me up so I recommend you watch it.

Why is it important to break the taboos?

"It's also important to talk a lot so that afterwards, you don't feel abnormal. I think it's complicated when you have something, but you don't have anyone to confide in... You think "Gee, what's wrong with me? So we start to look on the Internet. You find a lot of things on the Internet and they are not necessarily the best things. It's really important to have people around you that you can talk to, and that can advise you as well. Especially for little girls, because I would be embarrassed if my daughter, if I have one later on, grows up with a lack of information. If something happens to her, I don't know, but if one day she has her period, or she has a problem at that level, that she doesn't know what she has and that she doesn't dare to come and talk to me about it, whereas it's important to have people around you who are there for you and who know how to talk to you about all these things."

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