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The PoGo pack is much more than just a pack of sanitary products for teenage girls - it aims to educate young girls about their menstrual cycle and to provide both information and sanitary protection in a way that will avoid embarassment and provide them with the physical equipment to cope with their first period.
I bought a PoGo pack for my niece through their website, after an educational talk about the product at school. She has found it to be discrete and stylish, and has recommended it to her friends.
If you are not lucky enough to live an area which has the 'PoGo Pack Talk' at school, all of the information can be found on their website -www.pogopack.co.uk
The pack itself is specifically targeted at young teenagers, who have not yet started their first period. It is a small and stylish black and pink purse which is designed to be taken to the loo without too obviously containing sanitary protection. It could easily be mistaken for a make-up bag.
Once you unzip the pack, you will find a selection of all possible types of sanitary protection which has been specifically chosen for the flow and anatomy of an young girl. On the 'About Us' section of the website, the designer tells us the story of her own daughter's first period, and the confusion that she, as a mother, felt when going to the supermarket for the first time with her daughter and being confronted with shelves and shelves of different brands, with different sizes, and different shapes.
With this in mind, PoGo have done all of the hard work for us, and brought together pantyliners, night pads, and ultra thin pads in one pack. They deliberately have not included feminine wipes or tampons, and explain that as well as being inappropriate, these sometimes cause allergic reactions. There are 4 of each sanitary pad in the pack, and there are instructions about how to buy refils.
In addition to the sanitary pads, the pack contains tissues and disposal bags (to cover any emergency!); a girlie pink and black pen with notebook (just to write down any thoughts or reminders); a period planner (timeless so that it can be started at any time of the year - to enable girls to recognise their own cycles and plan ahead); and a booklet of excellent information about the menstrual cycle, which included diagrams and potentially embarrassing questions.
The PoGo pack is strongly supported by the website, and the two should be used together.
The design of the website is excellent, and presented in a...... very pink.... way (sorry, this is the only way I can describe it) which I think really appeals to young girls. It is divided into the following sections:
~~The PoGo Pack~~
Basic information about the pack, with photographs and information about the products.
~~For Girls Only~~
An FAQ section, which includes questions such as 'how much blood will I lose', 'can anybody tell if I am having my period', and 'why do my breasts hurt'.
More lighthearted information about menstruation, including Granny's sayings.
~~For Grown Ups~~
More practical information for parents, teachers, school nurses, and other carers. Includes links to posters, and some health professional and government websites.
~~More Useful Stuff~~
This section has the link to a password protected part of the site. The password is provided with the PoGo pack, and gives you access to PoGo downloads and further information.
This section is also crammed with useful links - including a bibliography and a selection of websites which provide detailed and appropriate information on menstruation.
~~Get in Touch~~
Contact details with a questionnaire providing feedback for the PoGo team.
~~Get your PoGo pack~~
PoGo is a family run business, and this part of the site gives personal information about the inspiration for the pack, and the family that are behind the business.
I think the whole PoGo Pack idea is excellent. I know that sex education has moved on considerably from the time when I was at school, but many young girls are still shy about asking too many questions and turn instinctively to the internet to answer them. This pack and the website eliminates any risk of misinformation - just try googling a question on young girls periods and see what you come up with! It is fairly mixed - and much of it is so medical that it would terrify most young girls. PoGo put all of the information in one place - and if they cannot answer the question then they know somebody who can, and provide links!
The PoGo pack is on sale for £14.75, which I felt was the perfect price for a little gift for my niece.
I would thoroughly recommend this product - the pack itself was very good quality and has lasted for nearly a year without looking tatty. It is easy to find the right products to refill the pack. The look of the pack is rather sophisticated - in fact I wish that they would produce an adult version ! I would certainly buy one.
A handy little clutch to keep your sanitary protection discrete. This stylish pack has everything you need to handle your periods with confidence.