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Your first period can arrive at any time and quite unexpectedly too, so it is worth keeping a couple of pads, also known as sanitary towels, in your school or sports bag.

And if you think your period may not be too far away, then like many girls, you may find wearing a liner every day is a good idea, that way if your period does arrive you and your underwear will be protected until you can get to the toilet to swap your liner for a teen pad or tampon.

Lil-lets teens have a super cute starter pack that comes with everything you need for getting a period in school.


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What happens if you haven't got any
sanitary towels or
tampons with me?


  • Ask one of your friends. If it was the other way round, you'd want to help them.
  • Your teacher, school nurse and school secretary are likely to have supplies and they'll be happy to help too.
  • If you need an immediate solution to protecting your underwear, fold some tissue up and place it in your underwear. It's just a temporary fix but it'll work until you find a pad to wear.

How often should
I change my pad or
tampon in school?


A teen pad can be worn for up to 8 hours, but most people change every 3-5 hours, so there is no need to ask to be excused from class, it will be fine to wait until break time.

Tampons, whether they are applicator or non-applicator, can be worn for between 4 - 8 hours. If you need to go to the loo but don't want to remove your tampon, just move the cord to the side to avoid it getting wet.

Extra helpful
period tips for

#help, #periods

  • If you're worried about making a noise when you open the wrapper in the school toilet, it's a relief to know that lots of products, like our Lil-lets teens pads, now come with specially designed quiet wrappers to stop you feeling self-conscious.
  • Don’t be tempted to flush your used pad down the toilet as it might block it. Instead, wrap it up and put it in the specially provided bin inside the toilet cubicle, or if there isn’t one, in the general rubbish bin in the main area of the toilets.
  • Periods are completely natural and there is no need for you to go home if your period starts when you are in school. If you get upset, your teacher may let you call your mum to make you feel better.

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This is so handy from me


I started my period 4 days ago, 2 days before we were going back to school after the holidays. At first I wasn’t sure whether it was my period, but on my second day I came to the conclusion it was and told my mum. She went and found some pads and I put them on, and as I was new to this whole period thing, I went to school with no extra pads and had to ask my friend for one because my period was coming more heavily than I expected it to. The moral of this story is to always bring extra pads to school on ur first period as it might suddenly become really heavy and uncomfortable.


i started my period today and i have told my mum and dad AND sister. I was worried at first but i was calmed down.

Pj girl

I started mine on a school trip it was 5 days long my friend found out and told the boys but they were very supportive


This was very helpful

Period helper 2004

Hi Dizzy, discharge usually starts around 6-12 months before your period but every girl is different. The cramps may be a sign of your period being on its way but I could also just be because you are growing. When your period starts can also depend on your age, diet and when your mum started her period. So if you have a good healthy diet you period may be well on its way, most girls start around the ages of 12-13 but some are as early as 8 or as late as 18. I’d advise asking your mum when she started and then go to the shops to get some supplies (pads, tampons, liners etc...)!


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