My period just started — what should I do?

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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:

  1. Take a long section (at least 10 squares) of toilet paper and fold the layers over each other.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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