No need to worry, babe. With our top-10 period tips, you can
keep Aunt Flo under control all season long.
1. Stock up. Keep a
few pads and panty liners in your backpack, purse or locker…just in case. While
you can always head to the nurse, chances are your supplies will be much
handier…and a li’l less embarrassing, too.
2. Bathroom break.
If you’re feelin’ extra-wet down there or have been super-crampy, take a trip
to the restroom every so often to make sure you’re not bleeding through your
undies. You might feel silly ducking into the lav during passing time, but
you’ll be glad ya did if you catch early spotting or a heavy flow.
3. White out. We
hear so many horror stories about girls who ruined their fave white shorts or
khaki pants. If your tummy is a little upset or you’re starting to cramp up, do
yourself a favor and stick with darker clothes. Who wants to start their period
and ruin their fave duds, all in one day?
Scrubbing out the blood right away is the best way to keep your clothes out of
the trash. Use warm to hot water and soap to work out bloodstains. Keep cold
water at bay since it’ll set the stain in seconds and make it much more
difficult to remove.
5. What’s that smell?
No one should be able to catch a whiff of your period, but if you’re feeling
self-conscious, rinse off before you head to school and went you get home. A
couple of splashes of lukewarm water will freshen things up.
6. Changing room.
Keep a change of clothes in your locker in case you bleed through. You can even
pull on fresh undies in the bathroom if yours are messy. Just toss the old pair
in the trash or stow them in a plastic bag until you can bring them home.
7. Medicine cabinet.
Not feeling so hot? Over-the-counter medications like Midol can be lifesavers,
especially when major bellyaches make ya wanna skip sports practice or a big
math test. Check your school’s rules on student medication and drop a bottle
off at the nurse’s office if necessary.
8. Be active.
Something as low-key as a walk around your neighborhood can help you ditch the
aches and pains that come with your period. Even if you’d rather curl up in
bed, try to get moving. It’ll help, I promise!
9. Give tampons a try.
You can’t go swimming when you’re wearing a pad, and if you’re an athlete,
chances are you won’t be too comfy when it’s time to get your game on. Park
yourself on the toilet one afternoon when you don’t have your
period and give tampons a try.
10. Talk to your mom.
Whether you’re curious
about what it feels like or need to get supplies, you really ought to share
this stage of your life with your mom. She’s been there, she’s knows what’s
going on and she’s gonna find out anyway…so why not get the awkward convo over