How to get through school on your period
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As if school isn’t hard enough already, coping with a period on top of that is not ideal – especially when you’re unprepared. So how do you get through school on your period? In our guide to surviving school on your period we cover everything from facts on what happens during your period to tips & tricks. Here’s how to get through school on your period...
First of all, knowledge is power. So, educating yourself around the subject of menstruation will ensure you have a good understanding of what to expect and hopefully make you feel more at ease. There’s plenty of information available, but here’s a few questions answered about menstruation to get you started…
Menstruation ‘officially starts’ with the ‘menarche’, the first menstrual bleeding you experience and culmination of a series of physiological & anatomic processes of puberty.
It typically occurs between the ages 8-16 or around 2 years after the first signs of puberty, however this age range differs from culture to culture and has changed over time. If you experience yours at a different age, remember: you’re not different or wrong. Your period starts when your body is ready.
If you want more information, read our tips on what to expect from your first period.
Often called your ‘period’, menstruation is your body discarding the monthly build up of the lining of your uterus. Menstrual fluid (a mixture of blood, tissue & natural secretions) flows from your uterus through the small opening in your cervix and passes out from your body through your vagina.
During the menstrual cycle, the uterus lining builds up in preparation for pregnancy. If you do not get pregnant, oestrogen & progesterone hormone levels begin falling, which tells your body to begin menstruation.
Everybody is different. On average, people lose around 60ml of menstrual fluid (it’s a lot less than you think!), some find their first period to be incredibly light and others experience heavier flows. Pay attention & get familiar with your flow.
Period symptoms vary person to person, from headaches and back pain to mood changes, nausea & abdominal cramps. If you do experience excessive pain, it’s essential to talk to your parents, teacher or a nurse about it as it could be a sign of something more serious like endometriosis.
There’s nothing worse than having to sit and concentrate when you have period cramps, especially when you’re at school. Period cramps can often be crippling and all you want to do is curl up and watch Netflix in bed, right? But sometimes we can’t do that, so there are a few things you can do to help ease the pain when you have to go to school...
It's a good idea to make sure you always carry some tampons, pads, spare underwear & anything you’ll need in case your period starts unexpectedly. This way, you can simply pop to the toilet and use one of the period products you have. Forgot them that day? Don't panic! Periods are nothing to be ashamed and don't feel as if you can't as a teacher or friend for one.
The most important thing to remember? Menstruating is normal, natural & this has happened to almost everyone who has a period. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Always be kind to yourself & to others.
Some people like the ‘security’ of pads with wings or period pads, whilst others prefer the ‘freedom’ of an insertion method like tampons or menstrual cups. Just know, whatever you choose, it’s the right one for you and your body. Take some time to research different options, there’s plenty of choice out there!
At &SISTERS by Mooncup, all of our reusable and organic cotton period care is hypoallergenic, PH neutral and gynaecologist approved. It is important to use organic cotton period care, not only because it biodegrades over 6 and 18 months rather than 500 to 800 years, but because organic cotton has zero synthetics, chlorine, bleach, or any of the other nasties in mainstream period care that can irritate your vagina.
If you experience a heavy period at school, don’t worry. You’re definitely not the first & you won't be the last. It’s always a good idea to carry extra period care products on your heavier days and maybe even a spare pair of pants for reassurance.
One great option for heavy days are period pants. A saviour when it comes to heavy bleeding as you don’t need to worry about leaking or changing, our reusable period pants are the perfect solution. Soft, discreet & extra comfy, you don’t need to be worried about them being seen through your uniform. Plus, they absorb the same amount as up to four tampons, so you can wear them for up to 10 hours. Hello, freedom!
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