Periods 101

periods are normal and natural

Almost half of the world has a period — which tells you that not only are periods normal, but also that they’re something we can (and should!) feel comfortable talking about candidly.

every period is different

Not only can periods vary from person to person, but your own experience and flow can also differ depending on your life stage, or even month! Having an open dialogue about periods with friends and family, or keeping track of your period with cycle charting, can help you keep tabs on your health and help you better understand your body. 

it won't always look or feel like a total mess

It can certainly feel like a ton, but did you know that on average, a period is 10–35 mL of fluid over several days? That’s only about 1/8 cup total! The amount that you menstruate each month varies, but it can be anywhere from 4 tsp to 1 cup. Think of it like this: your period is just a small reminder that your body is healthy, strong, and doing exactly what it's meant to do!

Thinx Teens reusable period underwear is a comfortable replacement for pads and tampons. They have a built-in gusset designed to absorb your period even on your heaviest days, and they wick away moisture to keep you feeling fresh and dry. 

go with your flow

natural remedies = your new BFF

Whether physical or emotional, some people might not feel like themselves during their cycle. Period hacks like natural remedies can help! Try a hot water bottle to ease cramps, a comfy-cozy bra for sore boobs, and healthy snacks to balance your mood.

do whatever you want, whenever you want

Your period is gonna be around for awhile — so don't let it get in the way of you living your best life! Feel free to wear white, exercise, or hang out. Your period shouldn't stop you from doing *anything* you want to do.

know your flow

Every person and every period is unique. It's nothing to be ashamed of or feel the need to hide! Over time, you'll get to know yourself and your flow better — and we've got your back while you figure it out. Creating your own DIY period kit can help you to feel better prepared for moments when your period arrives unexpectedly, so you’ll have everything you need on hand.

period FAQs

How long does a period last?

The amount of time you’ll bleed every month can vary from 3 to 7 days, but it’s normal for your period to vary a little from cycle to cycle. If you notice blood for longer than 7 days, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.

Can I swim and play sports on my period?

Absolutely! You can do *anything* on your period — play sports, dance, go camping, whatever you want — you may just prefer to use different period products depending on the activity. 

How do I hide my period?

We believe that periods are nothing to be ashamed of or hide, but who you decide to share your period with (and when!) is 100% your choice. In many cases, sharing with someone you trust is helpful — and can even lead to some really awesome tips on what products to use and how to feel better if you have PMS symptoms.

Q's from people just like you