The Institute for Women's Health


You have probably seen commercials for sanitary napkins, or “pads.” These products help keep you clean when you are going through your period. There are many different types available for your specific flow and preference. There are also some smaller and lighter pads that you can use during the lighter days of your period. Tampons are another product that can be used during your period. Because tampons need to be inserted into your body, I would only recommend that you use them after talking to an adult female that you trust.


Help! I started bleeding and I’m in school.

Sometimes your period can come when you least expect it. If you’re not prepared, relax and find an adult teacher, friend, or coach and ask them if they have a pad that you can borrow. If it stained your clothes, look for a sweater or garment that you can tie around your waste while you find a change of clothes.

Why do I feel funny during my period?

Because your body is producing hormones during your menstruation, you might experience Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. During the week or days before you get your period you might notice that your breasts become larger and they begin to hurt. You might also get abdominal pain, or “cramps,” mood swings, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and even crying spells. This is completely normal! If the cramps are too painful, you can take an over the counter pain reliever or purchase a medication that relieves cramps.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Institute for Women’s Health, our friendly staff and caring physicians are always ready to help.