Beginning your cycle at any time or place, even if expected is a stress – but getting it in school, particularly if you’re unprepared is a whole new level of stress.
Whether you’re new to menstruating or have been experiencing it for years now making you a pro, the arrival of it while stuck in school, or in any public setting would make even the most experienced among us uneasy.
However, there are ways to handle the situation as best as you can, we can’t promise you that it won’t be uncomfortable, but here are the things you can make it that bit easier for yourself.
Firstly, Don’t Panic
Okay, you’ve just come on your period in the middle of a geography lesson. You felt that all-too-familiar pang in your lower stomach and now you don’t know what to do. The best thing to do, is try to remain calm.
Put your hand up and ask your teacher if you can be excused from the classroom to go to the bathroom. In that time steady yourself and remind yourself that you’re not the first, nor will you be the last to unexpectedly get your period in the middle of the school day. Take a deep breath and begin to think practically.
Next, Find Sanitary Products
Now you’ve left the classroom and are heading to the bathroom, think about where you can get menstruation products from. Maybe your school supplies them in the bathroom (props if they do), maybe you have some stuffed down the bottom of your school bag or locker, or maybe you’ve completely forgotten some but know your friends keep some supplies, go ahead and ask them.
Don’t be shy in asking your classmates if they have products with them too if your friends can’t help you out. Anyone who menstruates understands how difficult dealing with your monthly cycle can be and so will be more than accommodating to help you out.
I Can’t Find Menstruation Products, What Now?
Okay, so if you forgot to pack emergency supplies for this month, your friends have 0 on them, and your classmates aren’t much help either, don’t worry – you still don’t need to panic.
We’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks for making a DIY period pad. From things like paper towels and even old socks, you’d be surprised at what you can come up with when you’re under pressure. Check out our full list along with directions here.
Prepare For Next Time
It’s happened to you once, and given the stress of it, now you want to ensure that it doesn’t happen to you again, which is understandable. So, before your next period comes why not get together a little sanitary bag, inside you can keep things like spare pads and or tampons, panty liners for lighter days, and even spare underwear or shorts, because let’s be real, we all leak from time to time.
You can keep your sani bag in your locker or school bag, whichever is most convenient. If you use non-disposable products like period underwear, a diva cup, or cotton tampons make sure you pack a bag to dispose of your used ones throughout the day if necessary, along with some backup products, just in case.
Lastly, Try To Work Out Your Cycle
Periods can be tricky buggers to get your head around, especially at first. Often completely unpredictable for the first few years, try to keep track of your cycle, even if it is irregular and see if you can figure out a system with it.
Maybe you’ve noticed your boobs become sore 2 days before your period shows up, or maybe you get cramps the night before. If that’s the case, write down all of your symptoms and the date and look back on it for next time.
You’ll eventually know your body and how it works down to a T, so be patient with yourself and you’ll eventually feel like your period is nothing to stress about.