Healthy Body

5 things you should know about your period

You can get pregnant on your period

Despite what girls bathroom legend may have led you to believe, you can indeed get pregnant on your period. This is due to the fact that sperm can last three days inside the body and you can ovulate three days after your period. It’s unlikely, especially if you have a longer cycle. However, It’s always better to play it safe, so use protection even when menstruating.

Period tracker apps are a godsend

By simply entering your start and end dates, period tracker apps can estimate when your period will come as well as fertile and ovulation days. I’ve tried quite a few and my favourite happens to be ‘Clue’. Its discreet name and icon image set it apart from other tracker apps. It’ll never fail to notify you about the beginning of your period or your fertile days. As well as this, you can enable a ‘take your pill’ notification. You can also edit these notifications to a message of your choice if you’re embarrassed about that sort of thing.

Tampons and pads don’t have to be mutually exclusive

The age-old debate, Tampons or pads? Comparable only to the Father Ted dichotomy ‘Biscuit or cake?’ (Which you’ll probably want a lot of during your period.) Sometimes it’s best to use both tampons and pads especially, during your heavy days as sanitary towels will catch any excess leakage.
You should definitely buy a pack of underwear you don’t mind ruining

Sometimes, leakage is inevitable. The best way to prepare for this is by buying that €4 pack of granny panties that you won’t lament when they end up in the bin. It also helps to know when your period is going to arrive, as you don’t want to be wearing your favourite underwear when Auntie Flow has other ideas.

Toxic Shock Syndrome is not as common as you might think

We all have paranoia about leaving a tampon in for too long, fear that we’ll contract this deadly infection. However, TSS is extremely rare. Your chances of experiencing Toxic Shock Syndrome is about 1 in 2.5 million and only 5% of these incidents are fatal.