It’s happened to most women at one time or another.
You have to go out on a date, to school, to work or an important meeting, but it’s that time of the month.
And that’s the problem – sometimes, especially at the start of your period, you can have an accident. And that leads to stains. And that leads to major embarrassment.
Although periods are completely normal, it doesn’t make them any less of an issue to deal with, especially if you’ve only recently got them.
So how can you avoid getting noticeable red stains on your clothes, especially if you’re on a tight schedule and want to avoid having to run to the toilet every few minutes? Below you’ll find a few tips.
Ways To Avoid Period Stains
- Don’t have pockets? Keep a tampon or pad tucked into your bra for easy and discreet access.
- Have a discreet carry case. Use a pencil case or purse to keep spares with you when needed.
- Wear a tampon AND a pad. This double backup plan means that you have less chance of any accidents.
- Double padding. Wear two pads, one closer to the back and one closer to the front. Works well if you’ll regularly be changing positions between standing, sitting and/or laying down.
- Wear dark clothing. It may go without saying, but it’s always a good idea to stick with dark colored clothing that won’t show stains.
- Have a spare jumper with you. Even if you don’t wear it, you can wrap it around your waist and tie it if you are worried.
- Wear two pairs of underwear. This means that you’ve not only got extra protection but your pads will also sit a lot more comfortably and not move around.
- Change your brand. If you’re leaking every time you have a period, consider trying out other brands – you may find that your body shape or regular activity work better with a different shape or size of pad.
- Ask a friend. Chances are you aren’t the only girl with this issue – ask a friend or workmate if the two of you can keep an eye out when it’s that time of the month.
- Use a Menstrual Cup – These last a lot longer than the average tampon and don’t have risks (such as the nasty bleaches in tampons or the risk of TSS).
- Use cloth pads – Save money and keep your body healthy. They’re actually easier to use, more comfortable and less messy than you might be thinking if you hadn’t considered them before!
- Chalk – Got a stain on a white dress? Chalk is great for covering up stains!
- Period Panties – Special disposable pad undies made just for that time of month. Adult diapers also serve a similar use and provide good protection.
- A Towel – If you’ll be regularly sitting somewhere that you don’t want to stain, consider placing a dark colored towel on it. If anyone asks, say you just want to protect the fabric from wear and tear.