Your period doesn’t have to get in the way of your life. It is normal and natural, and nothing to be embarrassed or worried about.
As a starting point, tell a parent, older sibling, friend or a female teacher. They may be able to help get you the right information and products that you need.
Products? What products!?
When you bleed, you will need to use a sanitary product to absorb the blood and prevent it from staining your clothes. There are a range of choices, the most popular of which is the sanitary pad. There are two different kinds - disposable and reusable cloth pads.
Other options include tampons and sanitary cups. What you decide to use will depend on what is easily available in your location.
Things to remember:
- Always wash your hands before and after changing a sanitary product.
- Do not try to flush sanitary products down the toilet is it will cause a blockage. Instead, wrap it in plastic or newspaper and dispose of it in a bin.
- You can buy disposable pads and tampons from chemists and supermarkets.
- Stay prepared by tracking your cycle and carrying sanitary products in your bag.
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