Houseguest Etiquette Tips for When You’re On Your Period
Posted byLibby Mullen
As much as you may prefer to hide under the covers of your own bed throughout the duration of your period, life doesn’t always allow for such circumstances. Here are some basic rules you should follow when you’re a houseguest and your period starts, or worse, leaks!
Ask for Help
If your period comes on suddenly at someone else’s house, don’t just rifle through drawers hunting for tampons. You never know what your friend might be trying to keep secret, or what family members or roommates have stashed away. Just ask for help! Anyone who has already invited you into her home will be happy to lend a hand, and a tampon, to a houseguest.
If you’re at a bachelor pad and are left stranded, fold up some toilet paper or paper towels to line your underwear. Make sure they’re dry and unscented. If your flow is heavy enough to soak through quickly, you’ll have to find a more foolproof solution soon. If your periods tend to be lighter, you may be able to wait an hour or two before heading to the pharmacy. Never insert toilet paper or paper towels inside your vagina.
Periods are nothing to be embarrassed about. They’re a natural function of your healthy body. Try not to be too self-conscious about disposing your tampons. Tampons are to women like toilet paper is to everyone — we all use them, we don’t need to be embarrassed of them, but we do need to dispose of them properly to be hygienic and safe.
Flushing tampons is a risky move. If you’re embarrassed about leaving a tampon in the trash, you’ll surely be more embarrassed when your cotton stick clogs the toilet. Instead, wrap your tampons in toilet paper and place them in the trash. If there’s a discarded toilet paper roll near the top of the bin, tuck your tampon inside. Or if there are disposable paper bathroom cups, you can use that as a hiding spot. This way, it won’t be as obvious if the blood soaks through the TP.
If there’s not a trash can in the bathroom, wrap a couple of extra layers of toilet paper around the tampon and carry it to the kitchen trash. If you’re worried about being spotted, use a fresh tissue to pretend to blow your nose as you’re walking.
If you’re an overnight guest and you leak onto the sheets, honesty is the best policy. Your host will have an easier time getting the blood out of the sheets if you tell her right away, rather than waiting until she discovers it when replacing the sheets for the next overnight guest. It’s kind to offer to have the sheets professionally cleaned or to replace them entirely. If you’re staying at your friend’s home for several days, insist on cleaning the linens yourself. It’s natural to be self-conscious about talking about period blood, so if you’re uncomfortable, say you had a nose bleed. Blood is blood and should always be cleaned carefully. Women’s Health recommends simply running the sheets under cold or lukewarm water while scrubbing with hand soap. If the stains don’t respond or have started to set, you can try a spot cleaner or hydrogen peroxide.1
We’ve all been stuck in awkward situations where our period blood has made an unfortunate appearance, so most women are more than understanding and willing to help a friend out.
1Crain, Esther. “The Fastest Way to Remove Period Stains from Fabric,” Women’s Health. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/how-to-remove-period-stains
- Posted by Libby Mullen
- On May 31, 2017