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Tips for Attending a Sleepover While on Your Period

Carly is an artist and therapist who likes to write content that helps others live mindfully.

You can still enjoy sleepovers while you're on your period! Here's how.

You can still enjoy sleepovers while you're on your period! Here's how.

How to Deal With Your Period at a Sleepover

Why does your period come every time you want to have fun? Don't worry; you can have a wonderful sleepover experience even on your period.

Remember, most healthy young female to middle-aged-women experiences a monthly cycle. You are not alone. You will not be the only girl on the planet going to a sleepover with her period. The probability of other females having their period and attending a sleepover on the same day you do is high.

In fact, close female friends and sisters usually have a matching menstrual cycles. There may very well be other females at the sleep over you are attending who also have their period. Knowing you are not alone helps with feeling bumped about having to deal with this.

Here are some tips that will help you focus on the fun and less on your cycle.

What to Pack When Attending a Sleepover During Your Period

Attending a sleepover with your period will go more smoothly if you prepare. Pack the right stuff, and your sleepover will go more smoothly. It is important to take care of yourself during your period. Here are some ideas on what to pack.

  1. Dark clothes and pajamas: This is not the time to bring your cute pale pink pajamas. Instead, pack dark clothes. The reason is if you have a stain, the darker clothes make it harder to notice. Lighter clothes will show stains easier.
  2. Extra clothes: If you do have a stain you will want to change out of your clothes into something else. Make sure you pack extra dark clothes.
  3. Extra underwear: Extra underwear is always a good item to pack, no matter what time of the month it is. It is even more important if you have your period. Have an extra pair of underwear will allow you to change if you need to.
  4. Pads and tampons: If you are comfortable using both, pack enough pads and tampons to get you through the sleepover. You might want to pack more than what you think you will need, just in case.
  5. An overnight pad: Ok, no woman likes to wear these. They feel like wearing a big diaper. However, they get the job done. An overnight pad can allow you to sleep soundly, without worrying about staining your pajamas or, worse, your friend's sheets.
  6. Ibuprofen: If you have permission from your parents, you might want to pack Ipbrophian if you have cramps.
  7. Feminine wipes: Throwing these wipes into your toiletry bag will ensure that clean feeling when you need it. If you need to freshen up down there, you can easily take care of yourself and freshen up when you go to the bathroom.
  8. A towel: Put the towel underneath you when you go to sleep. If there is an accident, your towel can absorb the stain and not the bedding.

Tips to Take Care of Yourself During a Sleepover on Your Period

Taking care of yourself during your period will help decrease menstrual symptoms. There are certain things you can do that will keep your period more manageable.

  1. Stay away from dairy products and fatty meats. During the sleepover, do not go for milk, ice cream, cheese, cheeseburgers, pizza, and anything else that is dairy. These foods can cause or worsen menstrual pain and bloating. For some women, dairy foods will also give them gas and diarrhea.
  2. Stay away from salty foods. Chips, pretzels, and other salty foods will make your body retain more water, and you will feel more bloated.
  3. Drink plenty of water. This will help flush out the water retention.
  4. Go ahead and eat the chocolate. There are several reasons why women crave chocolate during their period. One reason is chocolate contains magnesium and iron. Both may become deficient during menstruation.
  5. Shower before you go. Keep your body clean. This will ensure you do not have any odors.
  6. Change your pad or tampon every time you go to the bathroom or at least every 4–8 hours.

What if I wake up and there is a stain on my pajamas?

If you wake up and find a stain on your underpants and pajamas, make your way to the bathroom with your overnight bag. You can use feminine wipes to clean yourself. If you do not have feminine wipes use tissue paper.

Do not use your host's washcloths and towels. If you really need to, you can also jump in the shower. Most girls shower every day, so this probably will not seem odd to others, even though you might be panicking. Make sure you check the bathroom before you leave, ensuring the toilet is flushed and cleaned off.

Put your stained clothes in a separate compartment in your bag. As soon as you get home, soak them in cold water, and put them through the washing machine.

Ok, it is worse than that; what if I wake up and I stained my host's bedding?

Take a deep breath. It's really ok. First, take care of yourself and do the steps mentioned above. Then take the bedding off. Pull everything off that has been stained. You can take the stained bedding with you into the bathroom.

Put the bloodstain area under cold water. Run the cold water over the stain so it washes away. You may need to add some soap. Rub the soap in and rinse. Continue doing this until most of the stain fades away.

You are going to have to be honest with your friend and tell her you need to put the stained sheets into her washing machine. If you do not know how to do laundry, just ask where the washing machine is and put the sheets in. Ask a grown-up to assist you in starting the washing machine.

What if I have cramps so bad I can barely move while I am at the sleepover?

Tell your friend you are not feeling very well because you have your period. Find somewhere to lay down for a while. Maybe you all can watch a movie until your cramps subside.

If you have permission to take some ibuprofen, go ahead and allow the medicine to help ease the cramping. Ask your friend if she has a heating pad. Adding warm heat to your abdomen helps ease the cramping.

If you are really miserable, it is perfectly fine to go home. Although you might be disappointed, it is better to take care of yourself in the long run. You can always do another sleepover.

What if my friends make fun of me for having my period?

If your friends laugh or make fun of you for having your period, then it shows they are immature. Remember, they are laughing at what makes them uncomfortable, menstrual cycles, not you.

You Go, Girl!

Although it can be a hassle having your period while attending a sleepover, it does not mean you can not have fun. You can have a wonderful sleepover experience during your menstrual cycle.

Remember women, girls who menstruate, once gathered with each other during their menstruation cycle. They will have sleepovers in a red tent for 5–7 days, laughing together, cooking together, braiding each other's hair, and respecting and honoring what it is like to be a woman. There was a time when women empowered and nurtured each other during that "time of the month."

Go and attend a sleepover with your girlfriends during your period. The red tent love and female community still resides in each and every menstruating woman. Women are meant to be together during our cycles.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: What should I do if my friends notice I'm going to the toilet a lot during a sleepover? I don't want to tell them about my period.

Answer: Sometimes, we think people notice every little detail about us, but in reality, people do not notice how many trips you go to the bathroom. If you are using the right pad size for how heavy your flow is, you won't have to go to the bathroom all the time.

Besides, if you are healthy and drinking enough water, you should be going to the bathroom more often anyway.

Question: I'm scared to go to a sleepover while I am on my period. What should I do?

Answer: Being a little scared is normal. Just pack what you need, have enough pads, and extra underwear just in case. You can even find special underwear that does not let periods leak through.

Question: How many menstruation pads should I bring to a sleepover?

Answer: It depends on how heavy your flow will be during the sleepover. I think five to six pads is a good number for an overnight or day sleepover. It is better to have more than to not have enough, so over pack if you need to.

© 2013 Carly Sullens


Justanaverageperson on August 04, 2018:

What should you do if your going camping with a friend and she doesn’t know your on your period. How do you hide the fact your putting on/opening a pad or tampon? What if you leak and there’s a stain on the tent or whatever your sleeping on. I need this advice soon!! Thanks

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2018:

Thank you for the feedback, Gurl or did you mean Girl.

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2018:

Good point Stacy. It is best to stay away from foods that contain a lot of dairy, like drinking a big glass of milk or eating lots of cheese.

There are several kinds of chocolate, dark chocolate in particular, that does not have a lot of dairy and salt. You just have to choose wisely.

Emily on November 28, 2017:

This is such good stuff☺

Gurl on August 25, 2017:

This person needs to learn grammar and spelling!

stacy on August 22, 2017:

'stay away from dairy and salty foods'

'go ahead for the chocolate'

Willow Cox on January 01, 2017:

This was really helpful, thank you! Although I'm still not sure how to tell my friend I'm on my period though

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on April 07, 2015:

Kierstin, thank you for reading and commenting. I wish this was around when I was a teenager too.

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on April 07, 2015:

Seriously good advice. I wish Google and all of this awesome information would have been more accessible when I was a teenager :)

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Virtual MoonLodge.

Kathryn Harris from Colorado on January 26, 2015:

These truly are among the concerns of teens! Glad to see these issues being addressed.

Chace from Charlotte, NC on February 16, 2013:

This is an awesome and useful hub. I LOVE the list on the side of the things a lady should bring! That should make lots of girls panic less. :)

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on February 13, 2013:

Because I write from the part of me that says, I am a woman hear me ROAR!

Carly Sullens (author) from St. Louis, Missouri on February 13, 2013:

Thank you Carter!!!! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on February 13, 2013:

Carly this is really helpful advice for young answers a lot of questions that are not usually have spelled it out really clearly..great job VUUAI..cheers

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on February 13, 2013:

LOL - I don't know why, but I giggled through this whole thing. It was good though!