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. Here's how to stop period leakage at night.

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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 and reusable pads that you’ll absolutely love, such as...

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Leakproof Sleepover Shorts

We know bikini briefs and overnight pads 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 also designed specifically to provide overnight protection, just like an overnight pad (without all that extra bulkiness and itchiness).

So if you're the type to get extra stressed about period leaking at night, know that these shorts have you covered—literally! Kt’s Sleepover Shorts are super-absorbent, so you can have a good night's sleep knowing you aren't going to wake up to any period blood on your sheets.

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Leakproof Underwear Bikini

When it comes to the summer months, finding panties that are light, comfortable, and strong enough to stop period leaking at night 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 (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 period underwear can absorb up to three regular 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 odor-crushing technology, you’ll wake up smelling fresh, too. 

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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 protection products available on the market.

Menstrual cups or discs are two such useful alternatives. They are both super comfortable and work in a similar way. However, discs are disposable and cups are reusable (making the latter a better choice for the environment). That said, your menstrual cup can still leak too, in which case you may want to experiment with inserting it in different ways. Otherwise, you can always wear period underwear as backup to prevent period leaks while you sleep.

Other Tips to Prevent Leaks While Sleeping

Switch your (sleeping) position

How do you sleep on your period? Do you sleep on your back? Stomach? Side? There are dozens of different ways to sleep at night. Personally, we like to be cuddled beside three teddy bears—but that’s beside the point. Period blood flows differently depending on how you sleep. If you’re looking to avoid 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, when your legs are pressed together, it naturally stops period leaks. It's a position that'll guarantee fewer chances of leaking. And 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. Kt's range of snug leakproof 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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