We’re all about that girlpower, and we know you are too. That’s why we’re giving you the lowdown on what to wear on your period in the pool. We’ve all been there: you’re at the YMCA for some swim practice, and then WHAMMO—your period hits. What’s a girl to do? Well, don’t worry! We’ve got your back. We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a list of five items that will make sure you can still have fun in the pool while keeping your tampon secure (and your dignity intact).

What to Wear on your Period in the Pool

If you’re a person who loves swimming, the pool is one of your favorite places to spend time. But what if you have your period? Do you have to give up swimming for a week? Or can you still go to the pool and swim during that time?

In this article, we’ll explain what to wear on your period in the pool, as well as how to maintain hygiene when you’re menstruating. Let’s get started!

If you’ve ever been in a pool at the same time as someone on their period, you know how awkward it can be. Laying out in your swimsuit while a friend is wearing a tampon is one thing, but what if you have to get into the water for a swim?

Does that mean covering up with a towel? Or swimming in what’s essentially underwear?

Not anymore! We’ve come up with some tips for wearing your period gear in the pool without revealing anything.

If you plan on swimming, use a tampon or menstrual cup to prevent leakage while you’re in the water. You can use a pad or period underwear, if you prefer, for most other activities.

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When it comes to menstruation, there are a lot of myths surrounding periods.

From attracting sharks (not a thing) to getting pregnant during your period (it’s totally possible), the best way to combat misinformation is to talk about it.

So, whether you’re heading to the beach or spending a day by the pool, here’s what you need to know about your period and water.

It may not flow as much, but it doesn’t actually stop
Although it may seem like it, your period doesn’t really stop while you’re in the water.

Instead, you might be experiencing a reduction in flow due to the water pressure. Your period is still happening; it’s just not flowing out of your body at the same rate.

In other words: You still need protection to prevent leakage
Just because your period isn’t quite as active while you’re in the water doesn’t mean it’s going to stop completely — especially if you’re frequently moving in and out of the water.

If you’re worried about someone noticing that you’re on your period (not that menstruation is anything to be ashamed of!), try not to stress. You definitely don’t have to avoid the water altogether.

You have a few different options, though!
There are many safe and effective options for preventing leakage when you’re in the water on your period. The most important thing to consider is your own comfort.

Whether you’re using tampons or something different, changing whichever menstrual product right before you go is a great way to prevent leaks.

Tampons are a great option for managing your period while swimming.

Not only are they discreet and easy to use, the only thing you really have to worry about is concealing the strings in your swimsuit.

Just be sure to change your tampon frequently, use the lowest absorption possible, and wash your hands before use.

In rare cases, not doing so can lead to toxic shock syndrome (TSS). It can be life threatening if left untreated. It’s best not to risk it!

Menstrual cups
Menstrual cups are another great option for swimming on your period.

They’re generally considered safer than tampons. Plus, they collect more blood than tampons or pads.

Many are reusable, which is always a bonus.

Unfortunately, menstrual cups aren’t always the easiest to use, but it does get easier with practice.

Just make sure you change your menstrual cup every 6 to 12 hours, depending on your flow, and always practice good hygiene.

Menstrual discs
Although menstrual discs aren’t quite as popular, they’re still an effective option for preventing leaks during your period.

Similar to menstrual cups, these discs collect period blood versus absorption (aka tampons).

Many people find menstrual discs to be more comfortable than cups or tampons, making them a great option for anyone with an active lifestyle.

However, menstrual discs have many of the same downsides as menstrual cups.

They aren’t always easy to insert (especially at first). Most menstrual discs aren’t reusable, meaning you’ll need to bring a backup or two.

Period-friendly swimwear
Thanks to technology (and some really cool companies), there’s been a surge in period-friendly underwear and swimwear that makes swimming on your period a breeze.

Instead of worrying about a separate product, period swimwear has leak protection built-in. Several companies, like Ruby Love, offer period-friendly swimwear.

Or you can opt for a pair of period-friendly underwear from Thinx, which carries gender-neutral menstrual underwear that can be worn under your favorite swimsuit.

The downside to period-friendly clothing, however, is that it can get expensive. Plus, it’s not always recommended for heavy flows. You have to worry about washing it after each use, too.

You can always use another option — like tampons or a menstrual cup — as your main form of protection and rely on period-friendly bottoms as a backup.

But pads and liners are a no-go
It’s not that you can’t wear pads or liners in the water during your period, but it generally isn’t recommended.

These products are built to absorb liquid, so they aren’t just going to absorb your period. They’re also going to absorb the water around you.

Translation? Things are probably going to get uncomfortable.

Plus, the adhesive doesn’t always stick well to swimsuit fabric, so you also run the risk of losing a pad or a liner in the water.

But if you’re in a bind, there’s no rule that says you can’t wear a pad in the water. Just make sure you take extra steps to secure it, and change it frequently.

While we’re here, there are a few other myths to let go of
Myth #1: Everyone will know you’re on your period
Except they won’t. Period products work pretty darn well, so no one will know unless you want them to know.

Myth #2: You’re going to leak in the water
Look, that might happen, but chances are slim.

Even if you do leak in the water, it’s going to dissipate into a much larger body of water — so the chances of anyone noticing it are slim to none.

Myth #3: Swimming on your period is unsanitary
Contrary to popular belief, the chemicals used in public pools are actually there to keep things clean. They help prevent the transmission of any bloodborne diseases, so you’re good.

Myth #4: Periods attract sharks
Sharks have really good senses of smell, so they pick up on more than just blood in the water.

They also sense urine and other bodily fluids — which they aren’t into — that will deter even the most curious shark from trying to make you an afternoon snack.

Still worried? There isn’t any research to suggest that periods increase the likelihood of a shark attack, so you really are in the clear.

Bonus: Swimming may actually help relieve any PMS-related cramps
Still need convincing before you hop in the water on your period?

A 2018 study looked at 70 people who experience PMS and concluded that swimming (much like any aerobic exercise) significantly decreased many of their physical and psychological symptoms.

This means that, while you might not be interested in a super heavy workout during your period, engaging in some light physical activity might be exactly what you need to find relief.

The bottom line
Although having your period isn’t always the best feeling in the world, there’s no reason for it to sideline you.

Whether your period popped up on vacation or your friends invited you on an impromptu pool trip, there are several options for managing your period while still enjoying the water.

Do what makes you happy. If that involves getting wet, then dive on in!

Jandra Sutton is an author, freelance journalist, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people live full, happy, and creative lives. In her spare time, she enjoys nerding out, Krav Maga, and anything related to ice cream. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

What causes menstruation?
Menstruation is a result of puberty. This is when your body becomes capable of reproduction.

When your menstrual cycle begins, your estrogen levels increase. That causes the lining of your uterus to thicken.

The uterine lining thickens so it can support a fertilized egg and develop into a pregnancy.

If there isn’t a fertilized egg, your body will break the lining down and push it out of your uterus. This results in bleeding — your menstrual period.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a period for years or you’re waiting for your first one — periods can be difficult to navigate.

This article will go over everything you need to know, from how to find the right menstrual products and dealing with cramps to saving stained clothes.

When will I get my first period?
Most people start their periods between the ages of 12 and 13.Trusted Source However, it’s normal to start your period a little earlier or later, too.

As a general rule of thumb, menstruation will start about two years after your breasts begin to develop.

What signs should I look for?
Some people start their periods without any warning. Others may experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the days leading up to their period.

Symptoms of PMS include:

abdominal bloating
soreness in your breasts
back pain
feeling more tired than usual (fatigue)
feeling extra emotional or irritable
food cravings, especially for sweets
clear or white vaginal discharge
You may find it helpful to carry a “period kit” in your bag so you’re not caught completely off guard when your period begins.

This may include a:

clean pair of underwear
pad or tampon
pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)

My period just started — what should I do?
If you’ve started your period and don’t have something to use for the blood, try not to worry. You can fashion a temporary pad out of toilet paper to hold things over until you’re able to get a proper pad or tampon.

Here’s how:

Take a long section (at least 10 squares) of toilet paper and fold the layers over each other.
Place this where a pad would go — along the panel of fabric between your legs (called the gusset) that’s in the middle section of your underwear.
Take another length of toilet paper and wrap it around the “pad” and your underwear a few times. This will help hold the tissue in place.
Tuck the end of the tissue into the top of the finished wrap. You now have a makeshift pad.
If you’re at school, you may consider asking your teacher or nurse for a pad or tampon. They’ve been asked before — trust us.

How long will it last?
Your first period may only last a couple of days.Trusted Source

It may take a couple of months for your period to settle into a regular schedule and consistency.

Once it does, your period may last anywhere from two to seven days each month.

How much blood will I lose?
Although a person’s first few periods are often light — bringing a few spots of red-brown blood throughout the week — you may have a heavier flow.

Your monthly period will follow a more consistent pattern once your hormones stabilize.

According to Planned Parenthood, the average person loses up to 6 tablespoons of blood during menstruation.Trusted SourceThat may seem like a lot of blood, but it’s usually about 1/3 of a cup at most.

Heavier bleeding isn’t necessarily cause for concern. But if you feel like you’re losing too much blood, tell your guardian or talk to the school nurse.

You should also tell a trusted adult if you:

have to change your pad, tampon, or menstrual cup every one to two hours
feel lightheaded
feel dizzy
feel like your heart is racing
have bleeding that lasts more than seven days
Your guardian or other adult may need to take you to see a doctor to talk about your symptoms.

The doctor can help determine whether you’re losing too much blood. They may be able to give you medication to help relieve your symptoms.

What can I use to stop the bleeding?
You have several different options you can use to stop the bleeding.

You may need to try a few different types before you find what works best for you.

You may also find that your needs change over time. What you use to manage your first couple of periods may be different from what you use after you become more comfortable with menstruation.

Period underwear
Period underwear is a relatively new invention. It’s like regular underwear, except it’s created with a special fabric that absorbs menstrual tissue and traps it within the fabric.

You can usually use one or two pairs throughout your entire period. Just make sure you wash them according to the manufacturer’s directions after each wear.

Different types have different levels of absorbency. If you have a lighter period, you may be able to rely on only these.

If you have a heavier period, you may enjoy using period underwear as a backup to prevent accidental leakage.

There are a ton of different brands out there, but they all work in a similar way. Knixteen and THINX, for example, have pairs specifically for tweens and teens.

Pads and panty liners
Sanitary pads are rectangular pieces of absorbent material that you stick inside your underwear.

All pads have a sticky strip on the bottom. That’s what attaches the pad to your underwear.

Some have extra material on the sides, known as “wings,” that you fold over the edges of your underwear. This helps keep the pad in place.

Pads typically need to be changed every four to eight hours, but there isn’t a set rule. Simply change it if the material feels sticky or wet.

They come in different sizes. Each size is made to accommodate a different level of bleeding.

Generally speaking, the smaller the pad, the less blood it can hold.

You’ll probably use a more absorbent pad at the beginning of your period then switch to something lighter once the bleeding slows down.

You may also find it helpful to wear a heavier pad overnight so you don’t have to worry about leakage.

Even the largest pads are still quite thin, so you shouldn’t be able to see it through your clothes. If you’re worried that people might be able to tell, stick to looser-fit bottoms.

Panty liners are smaller, thinner versions of a sanitary pad.

You may find it helpful to use them a couple of days before your period is supposed to start to prevent accidentally bleeding on your underwear.

You may also want to use panty liners toward the end of your period, as the bleeding may be spotty and unpredictable.

Tampons are absorbent, tubelike menstrual products. They’re inserted into the vagina so they can absorb menstrual fluid before it reaches your underwear.

Some tampons are sold with plastic or cardboard applicator tubes. These tubes are designed to help you slide the tampon into your vagina. All tampons have a string on one end to pull it out.

As with pads, tampons come in different sizes and overall absorbencies.

You may fluctuate between sizes throughout the week:

Slim or junior tampons are typically smaller. They work best for lighter flows.
Regular tampons are considered average in size and absorbency.
Super or super-plus tampons are the largest in size. They work best for heavier flows.
Although some manufacturers sell scented tampons, avoid these. Fragrance can cause irritation inside the vagina.

When it’s time to insert, gently push the tampon inside your vaginal canal until only the string remains outside of the body.

If your tampon has an applicator, grasp the tube and gently pull it out. The tampon should remain inside your vagina.

When it’s time to remove the tampon, pull on the string until the tampon is free.

Tampons must be changed every eight hours at most. Leaving a tampon in for more than eight hours can increase your risk for irritation or infection as a result of the bacteria present.

Menstrual cups
Menstrual cups are another option. Similar to tampons, cups are inserted into the vagina where they collect blood before it exits the body.

Cups typically come in two size options — small or large — that are based on overall age and experience with childbirth.

You’ll likely find the smaller model more comfortable and easier to insert.

The insertion process is similar to that of a tampon. Although your product should come with step-by-step directions, you can also check out our guide to insertion and removal.

Unlike pads or tampons, most cups are reusable. This means that when it’s time to change the cup, you simply take it out, clean it, and reinsert.

Cups must be changed every 12 hours at most. Leaving a cup in for more than 12 hours can increase your risk for irritation or infection as a result of the bacteria present.

Depending on the brand, reusable cups can last anywhere from 6 months to 10 years with proper care.Trusted Source

What if I bleed through my clothes — are they ruined?
Not necessarily! Before we get into the nitty-gritty, know that leaks happen to everyone.

When you first start your period, you’re learning about how much you bleed, how much your menstrual product can hold, and when your flow is heaviest.

If you can, keep a couple of stain wipes in your bag. They can help get the worst of the stain out and hold things over until you’re able to clean the fabric properly.

You can also tie a jacket or sweatshirt around your waist to help cover the stain until you’re able to change.

When you get home, try this method to get blood stains off:

Soak the stained fabric in cold water as soon as possible. Warm or hot water will cause the stain to set into the fabric, so make sure the water is cold.
If you have stain remover handy, now’s the time to spray it on. Make sure the affected area is completely soaked. Allow it to sit for as long as the product’s label recommends.
If you don’t have a stain remover — or you want to double up on your technique — rub bar soap or dab liquid soap into the affected area. You should get a small lather, where little bubbles appear on your pants.
Rinse and repeat the soap scrub until the stain lifts.
If the stain doesn’t remove all the way, you can wash the clothing in the washing machine. Just make sure you use cold water instead of warm or hot.
Allow the clothing to air-dry. The heat from the dryer can make the stain set permanently.
Can other people tell that I’m on my period?
Nope! You don’t look or smell any differently. The only time someone might be able to smell the blood is if you leave your pad or period underwear on for longer than recommended.

Remember, scented panty liners and other menstrual products can irritate your vulva. You should avoid using these.

If you’re concerned about odor, gently cleanse your vaginal area with warm water.

Can I still swim and play sports?
You definitely can swim and participate in other physical activities during your period. In fact, exercise may help reduce cramping and discomfort.

If you plan on swimming, use a tampon or menstrual cup to prevent leakage while you’re in the water.

You can use a pad or period underwear, if you prefer, for most other activities.

What can I do about cramps?
Although cramps serve a purpose — they help your body release the uterine lining — they can be uncomfortable.

You may be able to find relief by:

taking over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), according to label specifications
applying a cloth-covered heating pad, heating wrap, or other heat pack to your stomach or lower back
soaking in a hot bath
If your cramps are so severe that you feel nauseous, are unable to get out of bed, or are otherwise unable to participate in everyday activities, talk to a trusted adult.

They can take you to see a doctor to discuss your symptoms. In some cases, severe cramping may be a symptom of another underlying condition, such as endometriosis.

Are there other symptoms?
In addition to cramping, you may experience:

abdominal bloating
soreness in your breasts
back pain
feeling more tired than usual (fatigue)
feeling extra emotional or irritable
food cravings, especially for sweets
clear or white vaginal discharge
You may not experience these symptoms every time you have your period. They can come and go depending on your body’s hormonal fluctuations.

How often will I get it?
Your period is a part of your menstrual cycle. This means that, with time, your period will usually be on a predictable pattern.

The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days. Some people have one that lasts 21 to 45 days. That’s completely normal, too.

It may take up to 6 years after your first period for menstruation to occur at a regular interval.Trusted Source That’s because your body has to learn how to release and regulate your reproductive hormones.

How do I keep track of when it will come?
Although it may take a couple of years for your period to settle into a predictable rhythm, you may still find it helpful to track your symptoms.

This will allow you to look for patterns and be somewhat prepared when your period does come.

You can also use this information to talk to your school nurse or other healthcare provider about severe cramps or other concerns.

To do this, mark the day your period started and the day it ended on your phone or paper calendar.

If you don’t want others to know what you’re tracking, you can use symbols or code words to help you identify when you’ve stopped and started.

As a general rule, your next period will probably start three to four weeks after the last one ended.Will I have periods forever?
You won’t have a period for the rest of your life, but you’ll probably have it for quite some time.

Most people will have a menstrual period until they go through menopause. Menopause occurs when the hormones that increased to trigger your first period begin to decrease.

Menopause typically begins between ages 45 to 55.

Stress and other underlying conditions can also cause your period to stop.

If you begin experiencing any unusual symptoms alongside a missed period, talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider.

If you want to stop having a period, you may consider talking to your healthcare provider about hormonal birth control.

Certain forms allow you to skip your period whenever you like — or stop it entirely.

Can I get pregnant?
The short answer? Yes. Pregnancy is possible anytime semen comes into contact with the vagina.

Although the onset of menstruation is widely regarded as the start of your reproductive years, it’s possible to become pregnant before you’ve had a period.

It all comes down to your hormones. In some cases, your body may begin to release ovulation-causing hormones long before it triggers the start of menstruation.

And when you do begin menstruation, it’s possible to get pregnant if you have sex during your period. It ultimately comes down to where you are in your menstrual cycle.

Using a condom or other form of birth control is the best way to prevent pregnancy.

When to see a doctor or other healthcare provider
Talk to a trusted adult or reach out to your healthcare provider if:

You haven’t started your period by age 15.
You’ve had your period for about two years and it isn’t regular.
You experience bleeding between your periods.
You experience severe pain that prevents you from completing daily activities.
Your bleeding is so heavy that you have to change your pad or tampon every one to two hours.
Your periods last longer than seven days.
If you call to make an appointment, tell the person who’s scheduling it that you’re having problems with your period.

They may ask you to write down details about:

when your most recent period started
when your most recent period ended
when you first noticed your irregular bleeding or other symptoms
Tips for parents or guardians
As a parent or guardian, it can be tough to know how to guide a young person through their first period.

If you haven’t already, you may find it helpful to:

Reassure them that getting a period is a normal part of life.
Stick to the facts. You don’t want your individual history — good or bad — with menstruation to shape their outlook.
Explain different menstrual product options and how they’re used.
Help them create a period kit that includes a pair of underwear, stain wipes, and menstrual products they can easily store in a backpack or locker.
You can also share any life lessons you’ve learned throughout the years. For example:

Which pain relievers work best for cramping?
Do you have any go-to remedies to ease bloating?
Can you use baking soda or other staple ingredients on stains?
Interested in exploring products for menstrual symptoms?
Discover our recommendations for medically-verified CBD creams, oils, gummies, and bath salts that may reduce menstrual cramps and other related symptoms.

Menstrual taboo has been a thing long before the 80s, though. There are many societal, cultural, and religious customs across the globe saying what can and can’t be done during a period. And pop culture has been equally unkind.

Thankfully things are slowly catching up, but a lot is still left wanting. One way to shed this period taboo is to simply talk about it — call it what it is.

It’s not “Aunt Flo coming to visit,” “that time of the month,” or “shark week.” It’s a period.

There’s blood and pain and sometimes relief or sadness, and sometimes it’s all that at the same time. (And another thing: They’re not feminine hygiene products, they’re menstrual products.)

We reached out to a doctor and a bunch of people with uteruses to get the lowdown on what it’s like to have a period — from puberty through menopause and everything in between.

Take pain seriously, even at a young age
Before we start, it’s likely many of us with uteruses have had our pain not taken seriously. Maybe you were taught this was just how periods were gonna be. But your pain matters.

If you experience any of the following around or during your period, don’t hesitate to seek out a healthcare provider:

pain in the pelvic region
painful periods
lower back pain
pain in the lower abdomen
long periods
heavy periods
These symptoms likely point to a menstrual disorder.

Many of the common menstrual disorders get diagnosed later in life, like in your 20s or 30s. But that doesn’t mean they actually started occurring at that time — it’s just when a doctor confirmed it.

Don’t hesitate to get help, however old you are. You deserve treatment.

Tweens and teens: Often messy, but nothing to be embarrassed by
On average, people in the United States get their first period at around 12 years old. But that’s just an average. If you were a few years older or younger, that’s normal, too.

The age you are when you first get your period depends on a bunch of factors, like your genetics, body mass index (BMI), the foods you eat, how much exercise you get, and even where you live.

In the first few years, it’s common for your period to be irregular and unpredictable. You might go months without any hint of it and then boom, red Niagara Falls.

“Menarche, the beginning of the menses, is very much reflective of menopause because initially, and at the end, we’re not ovulating,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of OB-GYN and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine.

Our menstrual cycle is governed by our hormones. The physical experience of a period — the bleeding, cramps, emotional swings, tender breasts — all comes down to the amount of hormones our body is releasing at any given time. And two hormones in particular dictate our cycle.

“Estrogen stimulates the growth of the uterine lining, while progesterone regulates that growth,” Minkin says. “When we’re not ovulating, we don’t have the regulatory control of the progesterone. So you can get these willy-nilly periods. They come, they don’t come. Then there can be heavy, intermittent bleeding.”

Katia Najd first got her period a couple of years ago when she was 15. In the beginning she experienced a relatively irregular — though totally normal — cycle.

“My period was very light at the beginning and lasted for about a week and a half,” Najd says. “I also had about two periods a month, which is why I decided to go on the pill to regulate it.”

It’s common to feel shy, confused, and even frustrated about your period at first. Which makes total sense. It’s a brand new, often messy experience that involves a very intimate part of your body.

“I used to be so afraid of leaking in middle school (I hadn’t even started my period, but I was afraid I would start and then leak) that I would go to the bathroom like every half hour just to check,” says Erin Trowbridge. “I was petrified of stuff like that for years.”

Growing up Muslim, Hannah Said wasn’t allow to pray or fast during Ramadan when she was menstruating. She says this made her feel uncomfortable, especially when she was around other religious people. But thanks to support from her father, she didn’t internalize too much of the stigma.

“My dad was the first person to know I had my period and bought me pads,” she says. “So it’s always been something I’m comfortable talking about, especially with men.”

Similarly, Najd cites the support of her family as one of the reasons she doesn’t feel negatively about her period.

“I have two older sisters, so I was used to hearing about it before I ever started,” she says. “It’s something every woman has, so it’s nothing to be embarrassed by.”

What to Wear on your Period at Home

You’re home, and you don’t have to worry about what you’re wearing. You can let your hair down and relax, but there are still some things to consider when you’re on your period.

When it comes to what to wear on your period at home, comfort is key. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or function. Here are a few ideas for what to wear on your period at home:

-Sports bras: They’re comfortable and easy to wash! If you want something a little more stylish, try a camisole or tank top with shorts or leggings underneath.

-Pants: Chinos or jeans are great options because they’re comfortable and durable enough for everyday wear but stylish enough for going out in public if necessary (if only because denim just looks good). Be sure to check the pockets before washing though—you don’t want any surprises waiting for you after the wash cycle!

Periods are a natural process that every woman has to go through. It is a monthly cycle that happens in your body, which you have no control over. It can be painful and uncomfortable at times but there are many ways to make your experience more tolerable. In this article, we will discuss what to wear on your period at home

It’s that time of the month again, and you don’t have to worry about what to wear.

You might be wondering why you should even care about what you’re wearing on your period. Well, it’s because your clothes can tell people a lot about who you are and what you stand for. But more importantly, it can make or break how comfortable you feel throughout your day.

The first step is knowing what type of clothes work best for you while on your period. If you’re looking for something that is both comfortable and stylish, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Check out our new line of pajamas for women! We’ve taken all the guesswork out of finding just the right look: every piece in our collection has been designed with comfort in mind—and they’ll never leave you feeling self-conscious when it comes down to it.

High waist skirts or pants (ideally stretchy or loose) will help you take care of the bloating showing up. And the slight pressure might even help with the cramps. Make sure you don’t strangle yourself in tightness. Now, jeans might not be a popular choice during periods.

Best Outfits To Wear While On Your Period
We spill the secrets to staying comfortable and cool.

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For a lot of us, our periods come once every month. It’s different for everyone, but the gist of it is this: cramps are painful and uncomfortable, our hormones are wild and we cry and spiral sometimes. Times are tough when we’re menstruating, so we’re enlisting the help of our clothing (and warm tummy tea) to make things a little bit easier. Getting dressed while on your period isn’t solely about wearing comfortable clothing, the goal is to also feel good about yourself when your body may physically be feeling worn down.

So how do we cope during those rough few days every month? We’re not saying we’ve got it down to a science, but we do have some period life hacks up our sleeve (like how to remove period stains). Elastic waistbands are our best friend, so are extra soft fluffy fabrics (especially terry, ahem scroll for some of the comfiest sweats we own). Load up on extra accessories and wear sunglasses to help with those period migraines but also to look chic. We asked 10 editors to share their I may be bleeding but I still look good and I’m comfortable looks, scroll down to see their best tips and tricks.

  1. Lauren Caruso, Site Director at The Zoe Report
    “When I have my period, I generally don’t like to wear anything that touches my body — especially in the summer. I gravitate toward loose shorts, body-skimming dresses, and heavier fabrics (just in case). I’m forever paranoid so my only outfit hack is the same one that worked in 8th grade: a jacket around my waist. Other than that, it’s just about being comfortable.”
  1. Bianca Valle, Holistic Nutritionist
    “This tee is so soft and cozy and loose! It’s perfect for the bloat and made of hemp with natural dyes. And bike shorts are so comfy, easy, and flattering. They make me feel cute while my ovaries do their thing.”
  1. Amrit Sidhu, DJ and Consultant
    “I love these shorts, they have a super comfy elastic waist and I have them in almost every print. They look good with anything, a vintage tee or an oversized tailored shirt. You can do some strong accessories since to glam it up! A fun beaded bag or some drop earrings are always the move. And sunglasses always help when you’re feeling a little under the weather. Period fun fact: Australia doesn’t have tampon applicators so it took me a little bit of time to get used to it, now I can’t imagine otherwise (biodegradable ones of course).”
  1. Lauren Eggertsen, Fashion Editor at Who What Wear
    “I always love wearing dark-colored slip dresses when I’m on my period. I find that they are loose and comfortable yet still flattering. I opt for a darker hue for obvious reasons and typically style it with a low strappy sandal or simple sneakers. As far as outfit hacks while on your period go, I would recommend not wearing anything too tight around your midsection. At least personally, I find that I never know what my period can throw at me and how my body will react, so I would rather be safe than sorry with a slinky dress. It basically feels like I’m still in my pajamas.”
  1. Mi Anne Chan, Beauty Editor at Refinery29
    “We all have “period” underwear, the stained, beat-up rags we dig out of our panty drawers when our period hits. Or well, I had those undergarments before I started challenging myself to have a completely waste-free period. Now, I’m a dedicated period cup user (there’s a learning curve but once you get it, it’s so worth it, not just for the waste-free element but because it’s honestly more comfortable than pads and tampons IMO!) and Thinx lover. I only have one pair of Thinx (the Air hiphuggers) and I usually wear these the first day of my period before sliding in my cup for the rest of it. I adore them. They’re easy to wash, absorb a full day’s worth of blood for me, and best of all, feel pretty comfortable all day. It’s easy to find sub-pair pairs of bike shorts, not so easy to find the perfect pair and these might be. They’re stretchy-but-firm, ridiculously comfy, and rarely give me camel toe. To be completely honest, I have no exercised in these at all, but I have worn them throughout multiple periods and while retiling my balcony and they feel amazing throughout all these activities.”
  1. Imani Randolph, Creative
    “I tend to wear loose dresses or slip skirts when I’m on my period for two reasons: 1) They’re very freeing, thus don’t contribute any pressure and worsen my cramps. 2) They give me the opportunity to add a layer of defense (spandex shorts) between my underwear and my outfit, which makes me less fearful on my heavy flow days.”
  1. Adrienne Faurote, Fashion Editor at Marie Claire
    “Believe it or not, I’m notorious in my office for wearing white during that time of my month. I think it’s my way of telling myself, nothing is going to stop you. I don’t think having your period should sacrifice your style! In the comfort of my house, or my weekend look – I’m all about a matching set. Recently, I’m obsessed with these tie-dye Cotton Citizen sets. There’s nothing better than being comfortable and not feeling guilty about being bloated.”

  1. Michelle Li, Fashion and Beauty Editor at Teen Vogue
    “I’m not above dressing in head-to-toe sweats during my period. And I’m a strong believer that you can make sweats look good and dressed up with the right accessories. I love a matching set, but during my period when I’m feeling a little funky I’ll mix-and-match my sweats. These two brands make the softest sweats, great for when you’re menstruating but also when you’re not! I especially love the Madhappy sweaters because of their terry fleece which is perfect year round. Drool!!!”
  1. Bianca Nieves, Commerce Editor at Teen Vogue
    “I used to hate wearing dresses when I was on my period because I just felt my pads weren’t secure enough and I would simply stain everything. Now though, thanks to the biking shorts trend, dresses have become my go-to when Mother Nature arrives because I get the best of both worlds. Biking shorts are tight enough to make me (and my pads) feel secured and dresses make me feel cute even if I want to curl myself into a ball and fill my bloated belly with dark chocolate.”

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