Your Heavy Period Survival Guide for Back-to-School
Sweet, sweet summer has to come to an end and while heading back to school can mean a fresh start, friends new and old, and fall clothes, it can be difficult for those of us with heavy periods. Since this issue is something both students and teachers may be dealing with, we’ve put together a few helpful hints to help make this the best school year ever.
Being prepared is your best friend.
Making sure you have your pads or tampons of choice well stocked in a book bag, locker, or desk drawer will mean you won’t be running around looking for supplies when you need them most. Throw in a couple of extras on top of that for friends or colleagues who might find themselves unprepared. You’ll always win points if you can help a sister out. If your school has pad and tampon machines that require coins, having some change set aside just for the occasion is also a good idea.
Have a bathroom strategy.
Take a peek at your new schedule and strategize when and where the best pit stops will be. Have an extra few minutes to change after gym class? Be sure to check things then. Worrying about mid-day accidents? Find the bathroom closest to the lunch room and carve out a couple of minutes to change your pad or tampon then.
If you’re a teacher, leaving the class alone isn’t an option (You don’t need an out-of-control class on top of a heavy period, do you?!) so planning around breaks is key. It also helps to know your fellow teachers’ schedules so you can rely on a little help from your friends if things go south. Preventing accidents only takes a few minutes and can go a long way in stopping major embarrassment and discomfort.
Take extra special care of yourself.
Pairing a new school year with a heavy period can be enough to exhaust and overwhelm anyone. Be sure to stock up on healthy options for snack cravings, get plenty of sleep, stock up on cramp relief if that’s a problem, and be kind to yourself.
Of course, if heavy periods are persistent and you are frequently having symptoms like awful cramps and accidents from heavy bleeding, it’s a good idea to make a doctor’s appointment to rule out fibroids or other medical issues. Remember, there are many women going through the same thing, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and there might be some solutions to make that time of the month a little more comfy.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On August 26, 2016