Being prepared and knowing your own body are the secrets to calmly facing your first period at school. Come find out more
Your first period at school may come along unexpectedly, and this may bring some anxiety. But it's always worth remembering that having periods is totally natural for all girls, so a surprise arrival doesn't have to be the end of the world 😉
The secret to dealing with this situation is to be prepared, and to know what to do to keep your period from leaking at school. And, even if a leak does happen, there are a few master tricks we will tell you that will bring comfort and security for a stress-free end to your school day. Here are some tips for "tips for having your period at school":
1.Get to know your body
Your body will let you know when your period is on its way, such as cramps, headaches, mood swings and sensitive breasts - they are known as "PMS symptoms". You might get more pimples on your face, and we may get more sensitive and irritable.
Girls who have not started their period may also get these PMS symptoms before their first period. The thing is, as they've never experienced it before, it can come as a surprise.
If you get your first period at school, don't panic! In the bathroom, place some folded toilet tissue in your underwear and ask a friend for a sanitary napkin. You can also ask help from one of your teachers or go to the school nurse. Remember that every woman goes through this and they don't mind helping each other out.
2. Know your cycle
Our menstrual cycle can be like clockwork. In this case, we always get our periods in the same time interval of 24 to 35 days . If this is the case for you, note the first day of your period on your menstrual calculator and then make note of the next day that your period is due to come, based on your cycle. As the date approaches, remember to leave the pads in your backpack.
But not everyone is so regular - and it's okay when there are small variations! If your cycle is irregular and you can't find out the date of your next period, the calendar method may not be ideal. It can still give you a clue, as the variations are small, but observing your body is the best tool that you have! And then, if you notice any "PMS symptoms", put one or two pads in your purse so that you're covered when your period comes. Or just always have a pad in your backpack. Let's agree that it doesn't weigh anything, right?
If your menstrual cycle is very irregular, the best thing to do is to see a gynecologist to check that everything is okay.
3. Change your menstrual pad when necessary.
To prevent period leakage, it is important to change your pad before it gets too full. You know when it feels that the pad is wet? That means it's time to go to the bathroom. With time, you will understand your menstrual flow and understand how often you need to change your pad. To always feel comfortable and secure, you're best not waiting for it to fill up. We recommend changing it every four hours at the most.
When it's time to change the pad, if you're at school, you can put the fresh pad in your pocket or in a case if you prefer. But remember: menstruating is not a reason for embarrassment. Feel free to simply take it out of your backpack and go to the bathroom, without worrying about it.
4. It leaked! Now what?
If you got this far, you already know what to do to prevent your period from leaking at school. But if it does happen, don't worry, just change your pad straight away. If your pants are stained, tie a jacket or a sweatshirt around the waist. Don't have one? Borrow one from a friend. No girl will say no to that!
If you have a heavy menstrual flow, it is a good idea to bring an extra pair of panties in your backpack to change into in case you have an accident.
5. Don't stay off school
Menstruating is natural and healthy. That's why it shouldn't stop you from going to school. Remember that your body is a source of pride.
But of course, period cramps, headaches and even emotional menstrual symptoms can leave us without energy or desire to face the day. That's normal, too! Talk to your gynecologist to find out how to tackle PMS and menstruation symptoms. He or she may recommend some habit changes and other strategies so that you feel better. You could also chat with your teacher and explain that on certain days you might not be too lively. She will understand. Take it from us!
Now are you ready to face your first period at school?
Kimberly-Clark makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. This information should be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice.