We all have different struggles when it comes to our periods. While some experience cramps and heavy flow, others have mood swings. Then there are a few unfortunate folks who suffer from it all. But if there is one suffering that is common for all women everywhere, then it has to be staining.
We know what a task it is to always have to check your clothes after getting up from somewhere or waking up to a stained bed-sheet. Don’t even get us started on how hard it is to get period stains off of clothes. So, to help you avoid them unfortunate stains, here are seven period hacks:
1. Overnight pads
Overnight pads absorb more blood than regular pads. So, using them might help you prevent leaks. While one should suffice for an entire night, it all depends upon your flow. If you experience very heavy flow, you can try placing an extra pad in the back or front of your underwear, depending on what position you sleep in. Remember the longer the pad, the better.
2. Switch to tampons or menstrual cups
Super absorbent tampons are a great solution to your staining problem, provided you don’t sleep for over eight hours. If you do, then you put yourself at risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Alternatively, you can use menstrual cups instead which can be worn for 12 hours.
3. Wear two panties
If you use pads then you know the struggle of your pad moving left and right while sleeping. Wearing two panties can ensure that the pad is placed right and tight, and doesn’t move from its position while you are sleeping.
And in case there is a leak, the additional fabric adds the extra barrier before the blood reaches your sheets. If you aren’t comfortable wearing two panties, a pair of tight sleep shorts should also do the trick.
4. Period undies
Period panties are specifically designed to absorb blood, much like a built-in pad in your underwear. You can wear these panties as a backup, so that even if there is a leak, the underwear can absorb it.
5. Period sheets
We all have sheets that we aren’t very fond of for some reason. Once you know that your period is coming up, bring these sheets out and make them for “period sheets”. So even if you ruin then, there will be no love lost. Preferably choose dark sheets so that washing off the stain is easier.
6. Change your pad/tampon before going to sleep
Put on a fresh pad or insert a new tampon before you go to bed. If you are using a tampon or a menstrual cup and are unsure of your sleep timings, switch to a pad right before you sleep to reduce your risk of toxic shock syndrome.
7. Sleep in a comfortable position
It is important that you are comfortable at night for two reasons: 1. It helps you fall asleep faster. 2. It prevents you from changing your position again and again. There is no right or wrong position as long as you are comfortable. Less movement will ensure that your pad is in the right place thus avoiding any kind of leakage.