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Girl Code: What to do when you have no pads or tampons

We’ve all been there! You know… when you get your period and you don’t have any pads?

I admit, there have been many occasions where I left completely unprepared like this one time I had a heavy flow at my new job’s company bowling event. I had been wearing the same pad for at least 5 hours and I was sooo uncomfortable! Even I felt a little shy asking a new coworker for a pad. This brings me to my next point…

There is something girls sign up for when they start to menstruate. Every girl automatically signs up for it. It’s called…

GIRL CODE:
Always help another girl when she needs a pad or tampon
Girl Code

This includes girls that are older than you, younger than you, and even complete strangers you don’t know.
 
If another girl asks you for a pad, you can help her out by giving her a pad or tampon. If you don’t have one, you can help by asking someone else for one or if you can, offer to buy her one from the machine.
 
If you see a girl struggling with the pad/tampon vending machine, just ask if she needs help or offer her a pad.
 
Every single time I’ve asked a stranger for help, they ALWAYS share their pads with me and it’s not just that one girl. If another girl overhears, they offer help too. So even if you don’t have a pad to share, offer help anyways because another girl will definitely share! Yes, Girl Code is pretty darn cool!

Most girls I go to school with haven’t started their period yet!
So who do I ask?
Just ask an older girl. This can be an older girl in school that you see in the washroom or even a school staff member like a teacher.
 
Periods are so normal to older girls that we don’t think twice about helping out another girl. It’s just a normal thing to do. It’s Girl Code!
 
If you don’t feel comfortable asking strangers, then you can always ask your school nurse. They always have a stash in their first aid kit for sharing.

What are your experiences with Girl Code?

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!

61 comments

  1. hi dedy i live in Australia and i am going to high school in two years and all my friends havnt had there period yet some of my friend dont even know what a period is so idk who to ask and i have a boy teacher

  2. I ran out of pads like 6 months ago. I have been too embarrassed to ask my mom to buy anymore so I have just used the tampons my sister buys. I feel uncomfortable talking about that with her even though she is fine with it. At night I either use a pad I got from a public restroom or I make one (I have found NUMEROUS methods). My mom seems annoyed that I have so many pairs of stained underwear but its mostly because of leaks and I can’t control it. I am not really asking for advice just sharing my story. It isn’t that bad but it’s an inconvenience.

    Btw here are some diy pads i’ve done: 2 stacked panty liners, a sock, a cut up t-shirt, toilet paper, 2 ripped up tampons wrapped in a paper towel, etc. Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got!

  3. i checked and im bleeding and idk if its my period cause i had sex recently. would that be my period? cause i have bad cramps. i have no pads or tampons and im afraid that imma bleed everywhere.

  4. i am in school and my period started

  5. Hi Ian 11 turning 12 in about 8 day and I am really working when I will have my periods and what will happen when I get them because I really don’t want my sisters to know I have them I only want my mum to know so what do I do when I get them will my mum tell my sisters or keep it between us ????

  6. Hi Ian 11 turning 12 in about 8 day and I am really working when I will have my periods and what will happen when I get them because I really don’t want my sisters to know I have them I only want my mum to know so what do I do when I get them will my mum tell my sisters or keep it between us ????

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