Preparing for your first period

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Staci Tanouye, M.D.

Being prepared for your first period can save you a lot of anxiety and stress. BLOOM has created a complete First Period Box that will cover you through your first period and beyond.  You can also make yourself a first-period kit with some underwear liners, pads, and/or light tampons. It’s helpful to have pads that range in absorbency level so that you can find the right one to match your flow.

Keep your period kit at home, and put a few pads or underwear liners into a small zip lock or pouch that you can take with you everywhere. You also might want to keep some period supplies in your locker at school. Now you’re prepared for your first period, and you’re also ready in case a friend or classmate needs help.

Can I wear a pad or tampon just in case?

If you’re feeling PMS symptoms or think your period might be about to start, you can wear a light panty liner or pad for just-in-case protection. It’s not a good idea to put a tampon in if you don’t have your period because that can cause an infection. If you’re not bleeding, or even if your flow is very light, then inserting and removing a tampon can be uncomfortable. It’s better to use a liner, pad, or period underwear instead.