Everything You Need To Survive Your Period
It's funny (read: fully crazy) how despite the fact that we bleed from the uterus for a full five days a month, we're still expected to go on like there isn't a crime scene a happenin' in our pants.While there's very little we can say or do to make this process enjoyable, here's a few things to stock up on if you want to survive your period in style.
Tampons and pads galoreObviously you're gonna need to stock up on whatever suits you best. If, like us, you never have a bloody clue when your period is coming for you, a Betty Box subscription is a great option. They’ll post you a monthly supply of your preferred product along with a load of treats to enjoy when Aunt Flo comes to town.
A good concealerAnd make it a full coverage one to deal with any sneaky spots resulting from hormonal period skin. The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer is an all time fave at MTV HQ.
A handy pin to warn people you are currently bleeding from the vagina and not necessarily in total control of your emotionsSpeaks for itself. Find it on Etsy.
A slab of chocolate the size of your faceThis one involves nuts and everyone knows nuts are good for you, so it’s basically a health food.
A Netflix subscriptionOgling Cole Sprouse and Camilla Mendes on Riverdale as you snuggle in bed is a great way to distract from the whole bleeding for five days straight thing.
A spare purse or makeup bagHonestly the most useful thing on earth for keeping pads and tampons together in your bag so they don’t explode out of their wrappers and end up stuck to your notebook when you whip it out in front of a group of people you're trying to impress. Also a useful and subtle thing to take to the loo instead of having to do the sneaky shove-a-tampon-up-your-sleeve trick if you don’t feel like walking around waggling your period mopper-uppers. This one is from Skinnydip.
Paracetemol and ibuprofenBecause period pain.
The comfiest PJs you can findNone of those skimpy, tight shorts that end up half way up your bum. No one wants a night time wedgie when you’ve already got leak fear to deal with. These bad boys are from Topshop.
A non-wired braBecause sensitive boobs deserve a rest from poky underwires. This cute one's from & Other Stories.
Granny pantsComfy ones that don’t cut your stomach in half, obv. And a spare pair in your bag in case of day two dramas is never going to hurt either. These are from & Other Stories.
Face masksThis one by Murad is a gift for anyone prone to a face that feels like you’ve dipped it in chip fat during your period.
A fancy scented candleYou have the ultimate excuse to indulge right now and this dreamy concoction of lavender and chamomile will help you sleep.
Heat pads or a hot water bottleThey ease the pain of cramps so you might as well make yours as stylish as this one from Hurn & Hurn.
Bath goodiesA hot bath is also a great way to soothe your aching bod and fizzing bath bombs - like this one from Lush - are never not going to improve this whole situation.
This enjoyable cardIf not to make yourself smile then to send on to a gal pal also experiencing the lining of her womb being unceremoniously ripped out. Find it on Etsy.
SORTED. Good luck and god speed - we'll see you on the other side of all the blood and hormones.
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