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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.


94% of us worry, or
have worried about
odour or feeling
fresh down there.


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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hi to relive cramps i always drink someone warm and have a hot water bottle


I’m still nervous about PE at school because we are doing gymnastics


I’m 11 and I’ve only just started my second period when I had 2 months without one. I got really scared so I took lil-lets advice and spoke to her about it she said it was normal and I’m glad lil-lets advised me to speak as I was worried. This website has really helped me.


I’m 11 but had my first period at 10 and was only in yr 5 so I was worried but talked to my teachers and then read this web and it has really helped me not get worried about it ! 😇😊


I’m nervous still lol


I’m 13 now and had my first period! This website has helped me so much with what to do and given me lots of tips! I think that young girls like me will really benefit from this 💕

Reply to Jesse

You can't make your period come when you want. It just comes


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