Periods can feel embarrassing and nerve wracking, especially when you have plans to sleep over at a friend's house. Maybe you don’t know everyone at the sleepover. Maybe you haven’t met your pal’s parents yet. Maybe you’re nervous about leaking in someone else’s bed or sleeping bag. That said, there’s no reason to let fear get in the way of having a good time. If you’re concerned about getting your period at a sleepover, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to handle it.
1. Wear Period Underwear
If you’re new to the period game, it can take some time for your body to adjust to having a regular cycle. That means your period could make an unexpected appearance at any time. Don’t panic! Instead of wearing a bulky “just-in-case” pad or an annoying panty liner, try a pair of Kt Super Leakproof Sleepover Shorts instead.
The Sleepover Shorts were designed specifically to provide all-night protection at sleepovers. They have a super long leak-proof liner that stops leaks, no matter which way you sleep. If you zonk out on your stomach, sprawl out like a starfish style, or thrash around while you’re catching z’s, you’ll be protected all the way. Each pair can absorb up to 12 teaspoons, or 12 regular pads or tampons worth of blood.
The best part is they look like regular undies, so no one will have any idea they’re your secret weapon against period leaks. Until, of course, all your friends start asking you where you got those cute shorts from.
2. Pack a Period Survival Kit
A Period Survival Kit is key at a sleepover. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but prep a little pouch with extra pads and tampons and some pain reliever in it. Click here to read our post on what other items you should include in the kit. Not only will it come in handy in case of your own emergency, you’ll be prepared to tackle anyone else’s too.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About It
It might feel tricky to start a convo about your period, but the more you talk about it, the less anxiety you’ll have. The good news is that sleepovers were basically invented for intimate, TMI conversations. There’s no better time to start talking about your period then at 3 AM in your PJs surrounded by snacks while binging on Netflix. Remember that everyone there probably has all the same questions, worries, and uncertainties about their periods.
If you wake up with a spot and everyone sees…so what! Anyone choosing to make fun of you is not acting like such a good friend, and may not understand the changes going on in their own bodies.. You don’t have to hang out with anyone who isn’t supportive or makes you feel weird about your body. Keep a lookout for the people who are kind, affirm you, and treat you the way you want to be treated.
And if you’re ever unsure about how to handle getting your period at your friend’s house, call or find a trusted adult to talk it through. They’ll make sure you’re cared for and have what you need.