How To Be Comfortable on Your Period at School
8 November 2023 | Admin
As with many of our articles, this one was inspired by one of our lovely customers who recently completed our period questionnaire:
'My period is very heavy, I’m 12 and I don’t like talking to people especially my mum about my periods. I would like some underwear to keep, say if I’m in school and don’t have any pads'
Aside from feeling sad that this little girl wasn't comfortable talking to anyone about her heavy periods, we love her proactivity in contacting us for a solution that she feels would work for her!
Dealing with periods at school is part of life from whatever age you start your period. Thankfully with period pants for teens and tweens now available, it doesn't have to be an awful experience.
Here's our top tips on how to be more comfortable on your period at school:
"Love these products. Love the period pants - just been stocking up on my fave style, feeling pretty. I like to use them on their own for light days or teamed with the cotton pads for heavier days.
I also bought my 12 year old daughter some of the pants and the swimming costume both of which are great for her. She certainly wasn’t ready for dealing with tampons but didn’t want to miss out on swimming so the costume is a fab invention and has worked brilliantly so far (she has only used it on moderate to light flow days). The period pants have also removed the worry of unexpectedly coming on/bleeding through a skirt at school (which was a horror for me so I’m so pleased she doesn’t have to go through this)." Trustpilot Review
When dealing with your period at school, it can be tricky to feel comfortable. Unlike being at home, if your school has a uniform, you may have no choice in what to wear!
However you do have a choice when it comes to underwear. Consider trying period underwear. They are super comfortable compared to bulky sanitary pads or tampons and provide leak-free protection throughout the day.
Proper hydration is crucial during your menstrual cycle. Drinking plenty of water can help alleviate some menstrual symptoms, including bloating and headaches.
Keep a reusable bottle of water in your bag and top it up as necessary at school. Staying hydrated can also contribute to overall well-being, making you feel better throughout the school day.
Dealing with period cramps at school can be challenging, but there are ways to manage it. Consider taking some over-the-counter pain relieving medicine such as ibuprofen or paracetamol if it's allowed at your school.
Tracking your period with a period tracker app is a great idea so that you've got some idea when your period is due.
There are lots of great free period apps available such as clue and flo, find one that work for you.
We understand that it can be tricky sometimes to get access to the toilets at school during lesson times.
Ask a friend to head to the canteen and pick up some food for you, so that you can prioritise getting to use the toilets at lunch or break.
It's a good idea to consider putting together a period kit that you can keep in your school bag for peace of mind.
Include period supplies like reusable pads, pain relief medication, spare period undies, and even some healthy snacks. Having a period kit on hand can make managing your period at school much more convenient.
Take a look at our 'period starter kit' which contains a pair of period pants, a reusable panty liner, wetbag, bar of green and blacks chocolate and some reusable intimate wipes too!
"My niece was delighted with the practical and pretty gift at an exciting and daunting time for her, it offered some reassurance." Trustpilot Product Review
Accidents happen. Periods arrive early or unexpectedly, and can occasionally leave you feeling unwell.
Don't hesitate to reach out to a friend, pastoral care assistant, or school nurse if you're facing discomfort or any unexpected challenges related to your period.
They deal with this sort of thing day in and day out and will be able to help you out.
"Great for tweens. I ordered my daughter some toucan print period pants and she loves them. Comfy and the print makes them look more like normal underwear and therefore discreet for changing for PE at school." Trustpilot Review
How Not to Leak on a Heavy Period at School
Whilst having a heavy period at school is completely normal, it can be tricky to avoid period leaks if you have heavy periods.
Worrying about leaking is normal, but there are ways to manage it effectively. Here are some tips on how not to leak on a heavy period at school:
- Choose high-absorbency period pants that can handle heavy flows
- Consider doubling up on period protection by using period pants in combination with a reusable period pad for extra security
- Change your period product more frequently than usual to prevent overflow. Period pants usually should be changed every 4 to 6 hours, if you're wearing regular flow absorbency, simply change them more often
- Get a 'hall pass' if your school has this policy, which will allow you out of class to use the toilets at any given time
"I have been using period pants from Cheeky Wipes for quite a while now. I absolutely love the range of styles and the fact that the protection goes all the way up the front and back! I trust them so much that my 12 year old daughter has only ever used Cheeky Wopes pants and even told her class all about them when they covered puberty in school because she wanted to normalise reusable products! Customer service is spot on and delivery is quick and efficient. I wouldn't shop anywhere else." Trustpilot Review
For a comfortable and leak-free period experience at school, you may want to explore Cheeky Pants, a range of high-quality period pants designed to provide ultimate protection and comfort. Check out their products specifically tailored for teens and tweens, which are perfect for school days.
"Delivery was very quick and the pants themselves are brilliant. My teenage daughter uses them all the time and she says she never leaks. It gives her confidence at school that she’s not going to have any issues. A godsend!" Trustpilot Review
Looking for more information about reusable period protection or got any questions? Feel free to contact the team or complete our period questionnaire for tailored advice. The team all use the products themselves and talk pee, poo and periods all day long, so nothing is TMI!
If you'd like to do some further research, we've also got a wealth of helpful articles you can read at your leisure:
About the Author: Helen Rankin founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. 4 kids later, internal period protection such as tampons or menstrual cups were no longer an option for her and she went on to develop their range of "Simple Reusables" to include period pants and reusable sanitary pads.
The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.