While there are plenty of ways to stay comfortable and minimise pain during your period at home, it’s not always as easy when stepping outside. However, there are certain things you can do to make your experience a little more bearable. In fact, you might get so good at managing your period that you’ll soon be a pain and comfort managing pro. Until then, we’ve put together a couple of tips for feminine hygiene and comfort, to help you stay comfortable, ease your pain, avoid FOMO, manage anxiety, and avoid any unnecessary embarrassment.
Unfortunately, ‘take your bubble bath with you to work day,’ isn’t a thing. When you are at work, you’ll have to go without some of the comforts of your home. However, that doesn’t have to mean that you have to be uncomfortable. If your job involves a lot of sitting, you might want to take a comfy pillow to work to support your lower back. On the other hand, your job may require you to stand for long periods of time. If the latter is the case, be sure to opt for comfortable shoes to put less strain on your back.
Always keep a backup bag of your favourite Stayfree sanitary items. This way, you can leave one bag in your car, handbag or at work and the other one at home. This way, you’ll always be prepared in cases where you might start your period unexpectedly, forget to pack them altogether, or wish to be that saving grace helping out a desperate colleague. Remember to pack a variety of options so that you’ll have plenty of choices.
You might also want to keep a small, portable hot-water bottle or heating pad in your desk draw for those high pain days. If your workspace is cold, consider taking a small, comforting blanket to make you feel more at home. Another thing to consider is the clothing you wear to work. Loose-fitting clothing will offer you better circulation and freedom than something more tight-fitting.
At school or college
Although being stuck at a desk all day might seem like the end of the world, take comfort in knowing that standing all day during your period can feel a lot worse. If your classroom gets quite cold, find out from your teacher if you’re allowed to take a small hot-water bottle or blanket to school with you. If your teacher is male and you feel too embarrassed to ask, find a female teacher who seems understanding and ask her. Having your period is nothing to be embarrassed about because we’ve all been there before.⁵
We lose a lot of iron during our period, so you might struggle a little more than usual during this time to keep your eyes open throughout your classes.³ Making sure your packed lunch is low in sugar and filled with veggies will help maintain your energy levels at school. In addition to packing a healthy lunch, make sure to have a small bag to hold some sanitary items and keep it in your bag for emergencies.
Choosing the right sanitary option for you will help ease your mind and allow you to focus on other aspects of your life, knowing that you’re fully protected from any leaks. If you wear a dress or skirt as part of your uniform, you might feel more comfortable using tampons over pads. If you aren’t ready for tampons yet or you simply prefer pads, make sure you wear comfortable underwear that will hold your pad in place.
At the gym or during outdoor activities
Many women prefer to workout with tampons or menstrual cups during their period. The reason for this is that pads can cause friction when you’re moving about a lot. Furthermore, you can’t swim with a pad. Whether using a tampon, cup or pad, make sure you start your workout with a fresh one, and change it again straight after your workout to avoid the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other bacterial infection.
Make sure you drink lots of water, not only because you’ll be losing a lot more water than usual through sweating, but because it can actually reduce inflammation and pain.⁴ After your workout, you might want to take a shower at the gym. In this case, some women prefer using a darker coloured towel over a white one to avoid any stains left behind.
At a social event
If you find yourself invited to a social event, you shouldn’t have to feel like your period is holding you back. In fact, being social during your period can actually have a positive effect on your energy and mood.² Just make sure you wear something loose-fitting and comfortable. If you are feeling bloated and not your best, you might feel more comfortable wearing something like a loose dress or a pair of high-waisted pants. As mentioned before, wearing comfortable shoes will also help, and don’t forget to pop a backup sanitary item in your bag or purse.
When you’re on your period, it’s normal for some women to feel a little more down than usual. In this case, taking some extra time to get ready might be key to a little extra self-esteem. Wear your favourite perfume, do your hair, or take a bubble bath before you go out.
Lastly, if you are of drinking age, try to avoid drinking as much alcohol as you normally would. The same goes for caffeine on your coffee date. Because alcohol and caffeine are both stimulants, too much of either can have a negative impact on your energy and mood the next day.
-  https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/fitness-and-exercise/exercising-during-period
-  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/0049089X77900138
-  https://www.healthline.com/health/anemia-period
-  https://bmcwomenshealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12905-021-01184-w
-  https://helloclue.com/articles/cycle-a-z/getting-your-period-at-school-5-tips-for-stress-free-periods