How To Stop Period Leaks At Night

Tired of waking up to period stains on your sheets? Or just worried it’ll happen to you? Don’t stress– we’ll tell you how to prevent period leaks every time.

If you’ve ever woken up to find your period has leaked out of your pad, tampon, or menstrual cup onto your sheets overnight, you are not alone.

Period leaks are something most people who menstruate will experience at some point in their lives. They are quite common, entirely normal, and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

Still, no matter how common period leaks are, you might still be nervous about it happening. This is totally understandable, especially if you just got some new sheets or are new to having a period in general. The possibility of a leak can definitely bring about anxiety – maybe you’re turning down invites to sleepovers because you’re worried about leaving stains behind, or that folks might tease you. We've all been there.

That said, there are many easy and stress-free ways to deal with period leaks. Below are some of our favourite ways to stop period leaking while you sleep.

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Period Products for Sleeping

Period underwear

Period-proof panties are amazing for preventing leaks at night while you are on your monthly cycle. They’re super-comfortable and super-absorbent too, so even if you're prone to leaking through a pad or tampon, they provide a reassuring extra layer of protection against stains. Kt has a great range of period-proof underwear that you’ll absolutely love, such as...

Leakproof sleepover shorts

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We know bikini briefs aren’t for everyone, which is why we designed the super leakproof sleepover shorts. Not only do they feel like wearing a big ol’ hug for your butt, they were designed specifically to provide overnight protection. So if you're the type to get extra-stressed about overnight period leakage, know that these shorts have you covered — literally! Kt’s sleepover shorts are super-absorbent, so you can sleep soundly knowing you aren't going to wake up to any bloody surprises.

Leakproof underwear bikini

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When it comes to the summer months, finding panties that stop periods leaking at night that are both light, comfortable, and strong enough to prevent period leakages can be tough. That’s why we made Kt’s period-proof bikini.

These beautiful bikinis are perfect for summer periods. They’re light as a feather and crazy comfortable (so no waking up in the night to find them riding halfway up your butt), so you can stay cool and 100% leak-free– no matter the weather.

Kt leakproof panties can absorb up to two tampons’ worth of blood, so you can sleep soundly knowing you’ll be completely free of period leaks overnight. And because they’re made with special odour-crushing technology, you’ll wake up smelling fresh, too. 

Try a menstrual disc or cup

Tampons and pads have their place, but having to change them every 4-8 hours can be tricky if you’re at a sleepover or camping in the woods. Thankfully, we live in a world of options, and there are plenty of period products available on the market.

Menstrual cups or discs are two such useful alternatives. They work in a similar way, but discs are disposable and cups are reusable (and, therefore, great for the environment) — but both are super-comfortable.That said, of course your menstrual cup can leak too, in which case you may want to experiment with inserting it in different ways.

Other Tips to Prevent Leaks While Sleeping

Switch your (sleeping) position

What kind of sleeper are you? Back? Stomach? Side? There are dozens of different ways to sleep at night. Personally, we like to be cuddled into three teddy bears – but that’s beside the point. If you’re looking to stop period leaks at night, consider switching up your sleeping position to the well-known and beloved fetal position. 

Why the fetal position? Well, first off, “Sleeping in the fetal position takes pressure off the abdominal muscles," says Lisa Lindley, an M.D., board-certified gynecologist with Eisenhower Women's Health. Secondly, because when your legs are pressed together, it naturally stops period leaks. In all honesty, it’s also just a comfortable position in general.

Use a period tracker

Worried about your period surprising you at night? Keeping track of your menstrual cycle with a period tracker can help you plan for the month ahead. As well as telling you when you’re due to start your period, they can also help monitor your flow, temperature, and more. Not sure which one to choose? Download Kt's printable period tracker or read our guide to the best period tracker apps to find one that works for you.

Period leaks can happen at any time, and not just when you’re asleep either. For more tips on dealing with your period, why not read our handy back-to-school period survival guide? Or to find out more how period-proof panties can make day-to-day life that much easier, click here.

Period leaks while you sleep are a fact of life for a lot of people... but they don’t have to be. Knixteens range of snug leak-proof panties are perfect for preventing unexpected overnight leaks while you’re on your monthly cycle. They’re absorbent, comfortable, and perfect for any occasion — join the period revolution today!

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