I’m absolutely here for a movement that demystifies and accepts menstruation as something normal and harmless instead of something disgusting. But that doesn’t mean that periods suck any less. I’m still going to cramp up like crazy, I’m still going to end up getting annoying stains, and I’m still going to deal with misplacing my tampons at the worst possible time.
But believe it or not, there are some easy things you can do, I can do, and everyone with a vagina can do, to make periods a little less of a mess. And I mean mess literally and figuratively. These seven methods will range from brilliant to obvious AF, but every little bit helps! Happy menstruating!
Keep Your Menstrual Products EVERYWHEREI've only recently started doing this, and it has been a lifesaver. Whether you use tampons, pads, or a menstrual cup, make sure that it is on your person or in easy access at all times. I want you to stuff tampons in your purse, pads in your backpack, etc. Seriously, everywhere you frequent. That includes your locker, your bedroom, your bathroom, your bae's house, everywhere. And remember to restock! Just because you were prepared with a tampon last month doesn't mean you'll have one at the ready this month...unless you're regularly checking to make sure you have one. Even when you're not on your period, if you notice a lack of menstrual products in your purse, just throw some in. You won't regret it. Carrie
Actually Start Keep Track Of Your Period So That There Are No SurprisesOkay, I've had my period since I was 10-years-old and I wasn't able to keep track of it properly--despite it always being regular--until recently. Do what you need to to keep track of your cycle, but I used an app called Clue, and it has changed my life for the better. I'm able to track my period, my mood, my PMS symptoms, discharge, etc. This means that I understand my body a lot better and I'm not getting as many surprise underwear stains. HelloClue.com
Have An Emergency Chocolate SupplyThere's an amazing music video for the Cherry Glazerr song "White's Not My Color This Evening." In the video, a girl on her period takes some time to absolutely devour a chocolate cupcake. We've all been there, but the urge to stuff chocolate down our throats seems to be at an all-time high during that time of the month. Damn, indulge! After all the hell your period puts you through, it won't hurt to have an emergency chocolate supply. Just make sure that you don't take advantage of your special chocolate stash when it's not that time of the month. After all, you want to be adequately prepared for those menstrual chocolate cravings. Imagine the horror of not finding any chocolate when you need it most! YouTube/Cherry Glazerr
Keep A Spare Pair Of Undies AroundThis might sound like doing the absolute most, but you'll thank me for this when you get too cocky about your tampon not leaking. They don't have to be cute. In fact, make sure they're a pair that you don't really care about. Put them in a discreet zippy part of your backpack or stuff them in a small case that fits in your purse. Don't touch it, just leave it there. Walking around in blood stained undies isn't the worse thing in the world, but when that stain can stain your pants in the process? No thanks. You'll want the extra pair of undies on standby! Sixteen Candles
Be Able To Get Stains Out Of The Way When You're On-The-GoIt's easy enough to scrub our clothes with cold water when we're home, but what about on the go? Keep one of those stain remover pens on you! Just stick something like Tide-To-Go in your purse and don't take it out! Otherwise, you should know that your own saliva can also work as a pretty decent stain remover if you're in a jam. Yes, your spit. You gotta do what you gotta do to stress less about those stains! Degrassi
Carry Pain Meds With YouI know, some schools have some really tight restrictions on whether or not you can bring medicine to school. But if you can, just keep a bottle of ibuprofin in your purse, locker, backpack, whatever. Seriously, there's going to come a time when you don't have easy access to meds and you're going to wish you had some on you. Even if you usually borrow from a friend, a roommate, your family stash, whatever, get your own, too. Ginger Snaps
Don't Be Afraid To Use Your Period As An ExcuseFor some stupid reason (thanks, sexism), the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation is seen as whiny by those who don't have to deal with it on a monthly basis. But frankly, whether you have cramps that are severe enough to land you in the hospital or you just feel a little queasy, you know that menstrual misery is real, and you shouldn't be afraid to take a stand on it. Just like Cher fearlessly let 'em know she was surfing the crimson wave in Clueless, you should keep it real when talking to teachers about your body going haywire. Don't force yourself to go to P.E. just because you're afraid to tell your teacher that you're on your period. Don't puke on your math test because you tried to tough it out. If you get particularly sick during your period, please know that that's a valid excuse. Clueless
Do you do any of the things on this list? What else can you do to make your period less stressful? Should chocolate be free to anybody menstruating? Um, hell yes. Anyway, tell us what you think in the comments!