No one else needs to know when your period shows up
Period stains can be embarrassing.
Here are 5 ways to avoid it happening to you.
Have a calendar One way to avoid stains is to know when your period is coming. Get a calendar and mark the first day of your period. Mark every day that you see your period. Do the same on your next period. After about 3-4 months of doing this, count the days between the first day of one period and the first day of the next. You should find it is usually the same number of days between periods. This is called your menstrual cycle.
For example, Ngozi counted that it is usually 26 days between the first day of one period and the first day of the next period. When her period started this month, she counted 26 days on her calendar. The 26th day is the day her next period will start. You may find that yours is 26 days like Ngozi or it could be 28 days or 30 days. Whatever number you get is what you should use to know when your next period will start.
Listen to your body Every girl’s body is different. Some girls get pimples before their period. Some have stomach ache or mood changes. When your next period comes, think about what happened just before. What did you notice? The next time you feel these things, you know your period might be on the way.
Cover up properly Whether you are using a sanitary pad or a cloth, make sure it fully covers the bleeding area. Place whatever you are using properly on your pants to make sure it doesn’t move too much when you walk around.
Change regularly Change your sanitary pads or the cloth you use early, before it gets soaked. To be safe, change every 6 hours. Remember though, if you feel wet, you should change.
Have a back up Make sure you have some sanitary pads or cloths in your bag when stepping out of your home. This way you can avoid getting stained while you’re out.
Does your period not come on-time or are your experiencing heavy flows? You might want to speak to a trusted adult or health worker about this.
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