Always support your girl gang
Remember to support your friends through their periods.
Sometimes when you're going through something it's easy to forget that other people are also going through things in their lives, and sometimes similar things.
All girls get their periods at some point in their lives. And nobody has a smooth ride all the time.
If you've leaked out onto your jeans or sheets at night, or forgotten your tampons at home and had to use toilet paper, other girls have too.
It's really important to support your friends, classmates and siblings when they have their period and especially when they first start.
Every girl reacts differently, and there is no right or wrong way.
Some girls find it really challenging and intimidating, some girls are super relaxed about it, and casually take it in their stride.
A lot of this depends on when you start your period. Obviously, if start your period when you're 10, things are going to be a bit more difficult than if you start when you're 14.
Empathy goes a long way in this world and being nice to other girls is a fantastic quality.
Sometimes it seems like our culture wants us to be in competition with each other, but the truth is, we need each other. We need to be nice to each other.
These are our top tips to support your girls during their periods:
- If you haven't started your period yet, you will at some stage. So, try to understand where your friend is coming from. If they seem short or grumpy, maybe it's because they have their period and are in pain and feeling tired. Offer them a hug, or tell them a joke - try and take their mind off it.
- Chocolate!!!!! Who doesn't like chocolate? Hormones can play havoc with your body and mind before and after your period. When you first start, all these emotions are new, and it's hard to know how to feel or what to do. Having something sweet and something to look forward to helps heaps, so treat your mate
- Period pain is literally the worst! If your sister or friend has period pain (and you're at home) ask them if they'd like a wheat bag or hot water bottle to cuddle. The heat helps to dull the pain and will make them feel better
- Watch a movie - especially in winter, getting cosy under a duvet and watching a romcom will help take your friend's mind off her period and make her feel loved and appreciated
- Tea!!! Like chocolate, who doesn't like tea? There are a variety of delicious herbal teas available which are a godsend during your period. It's like a warm hug in a cup, try peppermint or ginger & lemon.
- Share experiences - talk about what the problem is. If your friend is suffering from cramps, empathise. If you haven't started your period, so don't know what it's like, just say something like "oh, yeah, I've heard that can be tough, I'm sorry you're in pain". When you aren't well or are experiencing strong emotions, it really helps when you feel other people understand you, and where you're coming from.
Like most things in life, just treat your friends like you'd like to be treated. It's amazing what happens when you're nice to people.
Luna is here to make this experience positive and fun (ya fun) for you. We've got your back, and know you’ve got this too!
Email us any time, there's no such thing as a dumb question!