You may remember I wrote a blog post about a period subscription post a while ago by Betty Box, and I loved doing it! Periods are horrible and I know that girls, teens and women can get really uncomfortable and stressed when on their period so I want to write a bit more about them and how we can combat them together.
I started my periods when I was in year 7 so I would have been about 12. I remember spending my entire school life terrified that I would bleed through my clothes or that I would run out of pads or not have any at school in case I started. That prompted me to carry spare pads in a bag in my school bag, just in case. I wasn't very popular at school and I was an easy target for bullies a lot of the time so I was always extra conscious that there wouldn't be anything like period leakage for others to laugh at me over. I knew I shouldn't have been embarrassed because it's just one of those things that happens to all females but we all know kids can be mean and if you're struggling anyway, you just don't need that extra awkwardness.
The other thing that used to panic me at school, was that I always had really heavy periods that lasted for just over a week to two weeks at a time. I used to freak out on days when I had P.E. because I couldn't cope with the thought of doing it with this heavy bleeding going on out my vagina and I wasn't the most sporty anyway - shock horror!
The thing that inspired me to write this post is because I know I am not the only one that went through this, and to be honest going through it again now after years period-free (but that's a whole other story for another time). So I wanted to create a post with an honest, open view on periods and some self-care period kit ideas that all girls and women can use if they struggle with their periods and how we can get through that really shitty week together! Periods are not something to fear and they can be managed with preparation and eduction on them! I wish I had been less scared of them at school and I really hope that if you are going through this you can find some help in this post to prepare yourself!
I have put together a period kit that contains everything I feel like we need whilst out and about during that lovely week of the month. And I'm sharing it today to give you some ideas and also if you, or anyone you know is struggling or starting periods, the kit is perfect for everyone whether you are at school, college, university or work.
Pads, tampons and liners
So, we start with the obvious! Whatever your preference is, whether it be pads or tampons, make sure you have plenty of spares! You can purchase them from any supermarkets. My personal favourite are the Bodyform pads - if you go on their website you can read about the different products and what they are best for. Any of the leading brands of pads and tampons all have websites that give you plenty of information on their products, how to use them and on the time of month itself! Liners are also handy for when you know you are due but not sure when and also at the end of your period when you are having those pesky dribbles. And don't forget the spare pants!
It's no secret that periods are messy and cause pain. However, I am a living, breathing example that no matter how much mess and pain they put you through, you can still crack on with your day - don't let Mother Nature stop you doing anything!! Add some pain relief to your kit (speak to your doctor or pharmacist about what is best for you) and perhaps a little sample bottle of hand wash (just incase you end up in a bathroom or a public toilet where they have run out) and maybe some hair bobbles, just in case you want to tie your hair up out of the way whilst you sort yourself out or if you find that hormones are making you hot and sweaty and you no longer want your hair down.
Extras for you
I have just mentioned hormones, and they are wonderful things that do all sorts to your body on a physical level. A few squirts of the Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist is great as cools you down throughout the day and also helps look after your skin. You can use it over makeup too, so there is no need to worry about messing it up! You can purchase it from their website for just £16 and it lasts for ages! Lip balm is always good too as you can become dehydrated whilst on your period so as well as ensuring you keep your fluid levels up, lip balm helps keep those chapped lips at bay! Maybe find some little samples of perfumes from drugstores, or small bottles of cheaper perfume or some body spray to pop in your kit too to help yourself feel fresh throughout the day.
Pop all of these in a cute makeup or wash bag, put it in your handbag or school bag and away you go! You are prepared for anything now!
If there is anything else you can think of putting in the kit, then comment below and let me know! Share your ideas with everyone else going through this! If you have any questions - please feel free to direct message me on any of my social media accounts!
*As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own. If you require painkillers, please ensure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist so they can help you find what's best for you as not all pain relief is suitable for everyone!*