Every single time a woman has a period, she worries that someone will be able to "tell" that she is bleeding. This may be through blood stains on her trousers or by a thick sanitary towel or pad showing through her clothes. With a few simple steps, a woman can feel more secure and safe that the fact that she is on her period is only something she knows. This is especially worrisome for young women who have just started their first period.
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One of the best ways to prevent staining from excess bleeding is to wear black. If a woman wears black panties while she is on her period, there should be little to no staining even if the blood comes into contact with the material. Additionally, she should wear black or very dark coloured trousers or skirts during her period. This will ensure that if she does "leak" or spill blood on her trousers it is less likely to show.
Always choose the right sanitary towel for the menstrual flow. For most women, their flow is the heaviest the first few days and continuously gets lighter until the period ends. On the side of most packages of pads is a chart showing how much flow the pad should collect. If a woman is very worried about leakage, she should select the pad with the heaviest flow collection. Some companies even produce a nighttime sanitary towel, meant to provide more protection while it is worn for several hours at a time. Additionally, she can select "long" sanitary towels or pads that prevent leaks from spilling out over the top or the back of the pad. Another feature is called wings. These wings are flaps of material that wrap around the edges of the underwear to further protect the woman from leaks.
A woman may be concerned that someone can see the pad or sanitary towel through her clothes. This can best be prevented by wearing thicker skirts or trousers, such as jeans. She may want to avoid wearing exceptionally tight clothing during this time as well. Form-fitting cotton clothing may be the worst kind for showing that a woman is wearing a sanitary towel, especially if it is a thick one.
Tips and warnings
- It is best for a woman to change her pad or sanitary towel every time she goes to the rest room. This helps to prevent leaks as well. If she has a very heavy flow, she may want to go to the bathroom a little more often to check if a change is needed.
- Young women who are starting their first period, or who are even in their first year of periods, are very concerned about others knowing that they are menstruating. The best thing to do is to comfort and show concern for their feelings; don't allow laughing or teasing.
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