Your beshies and you have been planning a sleepover for ages and just as the day finally arrives, your period decides to join the party. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world! After all, the arrival of your period doesn’t mean that your social life has to stop! The secret is to be well-prepared, so your period doesn’t weigh heavily on your mind. Here are some tips to help you focus more on having fun during your sleepover and less on your period.
Pack Dark Clothing and a Towel
Wearing darker clothing, such as black jogger pants, can help disguise any accidents. Remember to include some extra underwear just in case.
Don’t want your pads to bulge through your clothes? Opt for Modess Cottony Soft Ultra Thin pads for the day and Modess All Night Ultra Thin pads for overnight use so that your period remains your secret. Tip: ultra-thin pads are great for not showing under tighter clothing, just in case you choose to have an active day out with the girls.
To avoid staining your friend’s bed sheets, bring along an extra towel and place it on your side of the bed before you sleep. This way, even if tagos happens, you stain the towel and not your friend’s bed sheets.
Remove Blood Stains with Common Household Items
Sometimes tagos happens no matter how careful you are. If you have stained your clothing, it is best to treat the blood stain while it is still fresh. An easy way to remove fresh blood stains is to soak your clothes in cold water mixed with table salt. If it is a slightly older stain, you may need something stronger like hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice. However, do note that hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice may discolor dark clothing.
Stay Comfortable with the Right Type of Pad
Rather than risk having to use your beshies’ sanitary pads, which may not be the ones you like, or even worse, are sensitive to, pack enough pads to last you for the sleepover (and then some — probably about five to six pads for a day just to be safe). Ensure your period kit is equipped with different types of pads to suit your needs, like Modess All Night if it’s a girls’ day out at the nearest mall for window shopping. Modess Day & Night is a good choice if you decide to spend the day playing Fortnite and the night bingeing on Netflix. Both these longer pads ensure you don’t need to worry about stains and leakage if you don’t change your pad on time. And there’s no need to worry about staining your host’s bedsheets.
Relieve Period Cramps Easily
Period cramps are no walk in the park. Make sure your period kit is stocked with painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. It’s alright to tell your friends you aren’t feeling so great — it’s the perfect opportunity to curl up together for some girl talk!
Another effective way to ease menstrual cramps is to use a heating pad. If you don’t have access to one, do not fret; this can be DIY-ed easily with materials that you can find in a home.
Simply fill a thick, 100% cotton sock about three-quarters full with uncooked rice and pop it into the microwave oven for about a minute. Then remove the sock and test the heat level. For extra warmth, pop it back in for another 30 seconds. Just be careful not to burn yourself when you're removing the sock! It is important to use a cotton sock to prevent it from burning or melting in the microwave oven. Also, make sure your sock does not have holes in it.
Eat Period-friendly Foods
Instead of pigging out on ice cream while binge-watching Netflix, how about treating yourself to some well-deserved dark chocolate? Dark chocolate is not only a tasty snack, but it also helps to relieve menstrual cramps! Just be sure that your dark chocolate has at least 65% or more cacao! Other period-friendly foods you can snack on include bananas, low-fat yogurt, pineapples, peanut butter and walnuts.