I ran out of sanitary pads!

Naomi finds herself in a fix

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On the first day of my final exams, I woke up happy and well-rested. I’d been studying hard for weeks. Finally, I was ready. I brushed my teeth and stepped into the shower. Then I felt something trickling down my leg. I looked down and just as I guessed, my period had started.

Back in my room, I found out I had run out of sanitary pads. I didn’t have enough money to buy a new packet. And I couldn’t afford to be late for my exams. So I wore a thick, clean cloth and went to school.

My first exam went without a hitch. But in the afternoon, my flow got heavy. I needed to change as soon as possible. Only I was a little shy and scared about asking for help. We never talked about periods in school. It was this big, shameful secret. I didn’t want anyone to judge me.

However, I was running out of time. I had to think fast. I told myself that periods are perfectly normal, that periods are nothing to be ashamed of. A friend would be happy to help.

After all, the worst they would say was no. And if they did, I could always ask someone else.

I counted from one to ten in my head, then I went for it. I walked up to my friend Efosa and asked if she had a spare sanitary pad. Guess what she said? Yes!

Efosa gave me three whole sanitary pads. I felt like the luckiest girl on earth. I told her that I was scared to approach her at first. She understood. She confessed that she used to be shy about periods too, until she learned they’re a normal part of growing of. Just like getting taller or growing breasts.

My second exam went smoothly. I was so comfortable—and so glad I hadn’t let fear stop me. I decided that when next I got into a fix, I wouldn’t worry about what people think. Instead, I’d ask a friend for help right away. Also, I promised myself that I’ll start keeping money aside for sanitary pads. That way, I’ll always have extra for someone in need.

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Odionmary176

Hiii girls l'm new here am l welcomed?

Aug. 30, 2022, 2:40 p.m.

pearl

big sis,my period jos started,am not home nd i don have any money on me.i only have my face towel with me

May 11, 2022, 2:18 p.m.

Hello every one

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Hi sasja!

Hello Sasha

Hey

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Hi @sasja2.

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Always u pinky b

Hello Kimani.

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Hey pinky.b

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gud and urs

I'm great.

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Good

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Who do U prefer Dad or Mum?

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Some people dream of SUCCESS, while other people get up everyday and make it happen- Wayne Huizenga. Good Morning everyone have a productive Saturday. Some school's exam is starting on 27 November, and school will soon close for the term try to read ur books and make your parents proud cause that is one of the reasons we are called SPRINGSTERS ☺☺☺

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Hi Gemini, Good morning 🌄 to you.

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Hello every one, I'm new in this platform, hope I'm welcomed.

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Helo. Bona u are highly welcome.

Hello everyone and everybody I'm new here I hope I'm highly welcome...

Hi Bona, Yes. you are welcome.

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All my friends have start menstruating at the age of 12 ,now am 13 and i have not start is anything wrong with me?

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lol wait sorry for laughing, u said all ur friend has started menstruating wel there is nothing wrong with u wel everybody isn't technically the same like me am 17 bt look like a 14 yrs boy some people body development are faster than others,like the way the growth of ur body wil be higher than ur age wel it i didn't growing hairs in my private part my chest enlarging until i was 16, i hope this helps

it is funny to u abi thrash

Hi! Please don't be upset, i think u are a bit harsh on @miko he was just trying to explain things to you, because your friends have started their period dosen't mean you have to start the same time with them, you just need to love yourself the way you are, everyone is different, me i started my period at the age of 13 now am 15 all my friends started before me too, so you d0n't have to be upset at miko. Bye.

Hey Toseen! Thanks for the comment. There is no particular age to start your period. We are all different and the fact that girl A starts her period at age 10 and girl B starts at age 15 does not mean that girl B has a problem. Also, you can reach puberty and not see your period in the first year of your puberty. It is all dependent on our different body systems. Do not let anyone make you feel like you are too small. You will start menstruating when your body is ready for it. We hope this helps

I don't understand

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Hi Bobozuka,what don't you understand.

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Hello Toseen, what do mean by "Always u pinky.b"

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Hi Nice, You are proudly welcome

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Hi Nice, You are proudly welcomed.

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I use ally use a thick cloth b4 buying

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Sis saw my period last month and I did not see it this month what will I do .

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Hey gift! Thanks for the comment. When we say monthly cycle, what we mean is either 28 days or 30 days (depending on your cycle). It does not have to start on the 1st of the month and end on the last day neither does it mean that it should start on a particular date and end on that same day every month. It can start at the end of the month but as long as it lasts up to 28 or 30 days as the case may be with your menstrual cycle, that is all that matters. What you need to do is to track your period using a calendar to know how long your cycle is. Please note that menstrual cycles last from 21 -35 days depending on the individual. Please, talk to a trusted adult about this also. We hope this helps.

My period is 7 days.i u to ran out of pad and my friend will make jest of me. What will i do.

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Hey Rodi! Thanks for the comment. No one should make jest of you because you ran out of pad. Anyone can run out of pads or any other thing. It happens. You need to let your friends know that it could be anyone and they really should not make jest of you. Friends are supposed to support and help each other in time of need. If your friends do not feel the need to help you when you need them but will rather make jest of you, then you need to re-evaluate your friendship. We hope this helps

Big sis last month was my first period and it started on the 12and ended on the13 when will I sse it again.

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Hey gift! Thanks for the comment. Congratulations! We hope you didn't experience any major discomfort? You cannot determine your period calendar at this point because it will be irregular for a while. So we advise that you wait for about 3-4 months or until it is consistent or a while to know when to expect it next. While you are waiting for your body to accept this new change, we advise that you go around with one or two sanitary pads in a small cute purse or a nylon (if you don't have a purse) so that you do not get caught unawares. We hope this helps

Big sis last month was my first period and it started on the 12and ended on the13 when will I see it again.

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Hey everyone am a newbie on dis platform.. Hope am welcome

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Hi! Happy new month and welcome to springsters.

Big sis,pls when will I know when next I will see my period

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Hey Zina! Thanks for the comment. In calculating your period/menstrual circle, note that the first day of your period is also the first day of your menstrual circle and the last day of your period is not the last day of your circle but the last day of your period. The duration/flow depends on the individual. The last day of your cycle is the day before your next period starts. For example, if your period started on the 1st of April and your next period starts on the 3rd of May, your cycle will be 2nd of May. This means that your cycle lasts for 31 days. Your new cycle starts again from the 1st day of your next period. Please note that your period can be delayed at sometimes and can also come earlier than normal. We hope this helps.

yes i did run of pads sometime ago but i used thick cloths cause i didnt want to go late to

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yes i did run oit of pads sometime ago but i used thick cloth in plqce but i carried a jacket in case so i can use it to cover up in case of heavy fliw or stains.

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What is breast buds and when will I start to use,bra.

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Hey gift! Thanks for the comment. Breast buds are the very first visible growth you see on your chest. It is usually a swelling around your breast but it isn't painful. You should talk to a trusted adult about when to start using a bra. You can also start with a bra top/sports bra if you feel like it is too early to start wearing a bra. We hope this helps

I did ran out of sanitary pad back then in school and being a newcomer in the school,I had no one to turn to.I got my skirt soaked till I got home and told my mom and she help me with a spare one she had

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Hey Valsa! Thanks for the comment. We are so sorry about what you went through. We understand that it can be a bit awkward when you are new in school. We advise that you talk to a teacher about it. Now that it has passed, we advise that you carry an extra pad in your bag as you go out daily for things like this. We hope this helps

Hey i'm new here, hope i'm welcomed?

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I at new here i hope i at welcome

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I at new here i hope i am welcome

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Hey Springster! You're welcome. We hope you like the stories. Feel free to invite your friends here.

Sure u are welcome

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Hi

Hi am new here

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Hi guys am new happy new year

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Hi guys am new

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My period blood is not bright red, is anything wrong with me?

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Hey Ladypink! Thanks for the comment. Your period blood does not have to be bright red if you do not have a heavy flow. The only time you should be worried about the color of your menstrual flow is when it is dark brown. Being lighter means that you do not have a heavy flow. We advise that you talk to a trusted adult about it. We hope this helps

one time i run out of sanitary pads,it was around the beginning of my period,i was so ashamed to ask for help that i walk home stained,though it wasnt visible,but now i am never shy to ast for n one

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It happens to me also, but I overcame my fear by asking my friend too. Asking is not a sin, our helps are around us always.

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Am Greatful of this article

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Big sis i saw my period on the 16 last month and it ended on the 19 when i are my going to see it this month please help me to calculate it.

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My breast bud are swollen out whenever I wear a shirt should I start to use bra. And my breast bud are paining me what will I do

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My mum told me to keep an extra pad and pant in all my bags. U never know when u will get stained

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It's good u overcame the fear and shyness

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Yes

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I'm pretty shy sometimes

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