Surviving that time of the month can be super painful and uncomfortable. Now, add to that having to wear uniforms and sitting on an uncomfortable chair all day, and you've got a few school days every month that fell horrible. Here are a few things you can do to make them better.
Know your flow
The types of pads or tampons you’ll need to use will depend a lot on what kind of flow you get, and on which days of your period it gets heavier or lighter. For heavier days, we recommend using “maxi-pads” as these are usually thicker and more absorbent.
If your flow is very heavy and you’re worried you’ll have a leakage situation, try wearing shorts underneath your dress or skirt for extra comfort. Don’t forget to change your pad/tampon or clean your menstrual cup regularly throughout the day, especially on heavy flow days.
Ease the pain
Hot water bottles can help relieve your cramps, especially during those cold winter months. Be careful with painkillers though! Avoid using any painkiller that contains aspirin while you’re on your period, as this can affect your bleeding.
Rather go for something containing ibuprofen such as Nurofen or Mypaid, or diclofenac such as K-Fenak. Remember to always consult your doctor before taking any medication, and not to take more than the recommended dose.
Don’t stress - it’s just PMS
If you’re feeling a sudden rollercoaster of emotions, you’re probably experiencing Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). If you feel yourself getting overwhelmingly sad, nervous, anxious, angry or any other intense emotion while you’re at school, take a moment to yourself and take a few deep breaths. Remind yourself that these feelings will pass soon.
Don’t give into the cravings
Despite what your cravings are telling you, avoid those salty, greasy and heavy foods from the tuck shop around your time of the month. Salty foods will make you feel bloated, tired and dehydrated. Instead, drink lots of water and opt for lighter foods such as a salad or sandwich.
Always be prepared
Periods aren’t always on time- sometimes they show up earlier or later than they should. To avoid getting stuck at school without a pad or tampon, make sure you’re always carrying a small bag which has everything you need- tampons or pads (whichever you prefer), some painkillers if you’re prone to getting cramps and even some intimate wipes if you have, just to make sure you’re feeling fresh all day.
The key to surviving school while on your period is to make yourself feel as comfortable and fresh as possible. We hope that these hacks help you achieve that!