Having to deal with the cramps, mood swings, and other unpleasant side effects of your period can feel like more than enough to handle. If you have to worry about leaking when you’re wearing a pad on top of that, then your time of the month can be very overwhelming. However, there are many tricks you can use to make sure that you have a leak-free and worry-free period.
Make sure you’re putting on your pads correctly. In order to put on your pads correctly, you have to take them out of their packaging, remove them from their wrappers, and then make sure to place them right in the middle of your underwear, so they don’t go too far up or too far down. If they have wings, then remove the wrapper from the wings and make sure you wrap them tightly around the bottom of the middle of your underwear to hold the pad in place. Once the pad is securely placed inside your underwear, you can put it on, smoothing it down to make sure everything is in place.
- Some women prefer to use cloth pads over the more common pads. Though they are not said to be more absorbent, they are more environmentally conscious.
Wear pads of correct length and thickness. If you’re having trouble with leakage and have a heavy flow, then you should aim to get pads that have super absorbency and which are as long as possible. At night, you should make sure to wear overnight pads, which are even longer; though these are quite thick, you can even wear them during the day if your flow is very heavy and you tend to leak often.
- You should try to get pads with wings to make sure that they don’t move around too much and that they are tightly stuck to your underwear.
Consider using pantyliners for extra coverage. Some people like to place pantyliners sideways above and below their pads. This can give you some extra coverage in places where you tend to leak. You can even place some lighter pads perpendicularly to your pad to really get some extra coverage. That said, this can get a bit uncomfortable, especially if the sideways pads or pantiliners get loose, so make sure you’re wearing tight underwear and that the pads are secure.
- If you always tend to leak either in front or behind your pad, you can also move it up or down a bit, depending on where you tend to leak.
Wear thicker underwear. Another way to minimize your leaks is to wear thicker underwear that is less prone to leaks. Though this can’t protect you from leaking all together, it can help you minimize how much you leak and will absorb more of your blood if you do have a leak. Just knowing that you’re wearing thicker, more absorbent underwear can make you feel more comfortable.
- Just make sure that the underwear isn’t too loose. Looser underwear will actually make your pad move around more and will make it more likely that you’ll have an accident.
Consider wearing period panties. If you really have a heavy flow and a problem with leaking, then you can consider getting special period panties. No, this doesn’t refer to those old ugly pairs of underwear that you only wear on your period because you don’t care about what happens to them; “period panties” are a special kind of underwear that are made of three distinct layers that protect your pads from leaking. The first layer is absorbent, the second is leak proof, and the third is made of cotton. These layers breathe and keep you cool and comfy while also ensuring that you have the strongest protection.
- Though a pair of period panties can cost $20-30 dollars or more, if you get just a few pairs and always wear them on your period, they can be a worthwhile investment.
Always have an extra pad. Carry an extra bag of supplies just in case. If you want to be safe during your period, then you should make sure to be prepared with extra pads, pantyliners, underwear, or even a change of bottoms if you really need them. If you have room in your bag or locker, having a change of clothes can help you feel extra secure. Though you probably won’t ever have to use them, just knowing that they are there can help you feel more safe.
- If you’ve run out of pads or pantyliners, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or even a teacher for some backup. Remember that every woman has had her period, and even if your friends can’t help you, they will be sympathetic. If you’re one of the first of your friends to menstruate, then you can try to ask the people who you know may be able to help.
Culled from WikiHow