Before Your First Period
Hi Iris, All of my friends are afraid their period is going to start at school. Well I'm not worried about it happening there. It is on the bus is where I'm worried about because I'm on the bus for an hour. Now I know I could just wear a pad on the bus, but I do not have that much money. So what can I do? My mother and I were having a talk the other day, and she told me that she had a feeling that I might start my period soon which has me worried about it. Most of my teachers at school are GUYS, so what could I do if I started in one of their classes because I would not feel right telling them I started my period because they have big mouths, and it would get around! Well, please try and help. Brianna --- Dear Brianna, Understand your period will drip out of your body. This means your period probably will not come flowing out heavily immediately from the start. It is more likely you will notice some dampness or wetness and excuse yourself to the restroom to find that it has begun. You mention being worried about starting on the bus. Chances are this isn’t where you will start your period. If, by chance, you do start on the bus, you will probably be able to get to a restroom before anyone notices. When you reach the age when girls start their period, carrying menstrual protection in a backpack or purse means you will be prepared. When you are at school, changing during class breaks or lunch makes the most sense. If you aren't sure when your period is due, wear an Always pantiliner daily to help avoid accidents. Also, check out the location in your school where emergency menstrual products are kept. Sometimes it is with the school nurse, the health/physical education teacher or even the school secretary. You mention having male teachers. Understand they know girls your age are beginning to have periods. If necessary, you can simply explain you have a “female matter” you need to check on. More than likely you won’t need special bathroom privileges as you can stop by at lunch or during class breaks. Hope this is helpful, Your BeingGirl Experts
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