School Knickers

You can prevent some of this worry by being prepared and having your supplies with you. That means keeping sanitary pads in your purse, backpack, or locker. Pads, also called sanitary napkins, are made of absorbent material and they stick to your underwear. The pad will catch blood that comes out and keep your clothes from getting stained.

Older girls whove been getting their periods for a while might use tampons. Tampons are absorbent plugs that are inserted into the vagina. These can be more convenient if a girl is playing sports or going swimming.

If you havent had your period yet, talk to someone who can help you get your supplies together. This might be your mom, an older female relative, or whomever you feel comfortable with. Make it clear that you want to be ready for the big day, whenever it arrives.

Sometimes girls arent prepared for their periods. (Dont feel bad if this is you because it happens to grown women, too!) So what do you do? Youre at school and there it is. Your period has arrived and you dont have your stuff. If its your first period, you may be really excited and also a little worried. If its not your first period, you might just be worried. What are you supposed to do?

Ask to visit the nurse. If your school doesnt have a nurse, ask to see the school counselor. Or maybe you have a teacher you really like who you can ask for help. Youll need some supplies. The school nurse or counselor should be able to help. You might feel a little shy about asking, but just say, "I started my period today and I dont have my supplies." If you dont want to talk to a male teacher or counselor, you can just say, "Its a girl thing." He will get the message and find you a woman who can help.

Even if you get the help you need from school staff, you also might call one of your parents. If its your first period, you probably will want to tell your mom or dad what happened and how youre feeling.

One girl emailed us because she didnt want other girls to worry about getting their periods at school. When this happened to her, she went to her schools medical office, told them she needed a change of clothes, and they called her mother. Simple as that.

Its unlikely that your first period will be very heavy, so youll probably figure out that its happened before your clothes are stained. But if your clothes do get stained on your first period, or a later one, youll definitely want to visit the nurse or counselor. You dont want to be worried all day long that someone will see the stain, so you need some fresh clothes. Maybe you have sweatpants in your locker for gym class.

If you dont have any spare clothes, youll need to see someone on the school staff so you can call a parent who can bring you some clothes or pick you up and take you home. What if you return to class with different pants on and someone asks about it? You dont have to say what really happened. That would be embarrassing. Instead, you can just say something like, "I spilled something on my pants so I changed.