MACGYVER YOUR PERIOD
Unexpected #periodproblems can happen even when you’ve been bleeding for years. We took three situations, crowdsourced unconventional solutions, then vetted it all with docs. This is secret-agent stuff!
Work emergency: you’re out of pads and tampons. Shit.
If the women around you are similarly out of supplies, raid the office first-aid kit. Fold a non-stick bandage (the kind you’d use to cover a large cut) into a makeshift pad, then wrap gauze around the crotch of your undies and the rough-and-ready pad to secure. It’ll keep you leak-free while you hightail it to the nearest shop.
You’ve bled on your in-laws’ white zillion-thread-count guest sheets.
If you catch it right away: in the sink or tub, hold the stained area taut and rinse with cold running water (hot H20 sets bloodstains) and it may all come out. At the very least, you’ll minimise the damage. If you don’t see it until morning: treat the stains like a scraped knee – dip a facecloth into hydrogen peroxide and dab. The liquid’s enzymes should break down blood proteins, helping mute or even erase the mess.
You’ve got killer cramps but no ibuprofen.
On your inner leg, locate your ankle bone and go four finger-widths above its highest point – that’s an acupressure point used to chillax menstrual cramps. Press firmly and deeply, massaging the spot for five seconds.