Period Basics

Menstrual Cycle

Your Menstrual cycle

On average, a menstrual cycle lasts around 28 to 30 days, but because we’re all different, a cycle can range from 21 to 35 days. The only sure-fire way to track your period is to mark it on a calendar. This will help you figure out how long your menstrual cycle is, which will help you predict when your next period is due. You do have to deal with menstruation, but you don’t have to let it catch you by surprise!

Days 1-7

Your period is considered the beginning of your menstrual cycle. The bleeding won’t be too heavy – it usually begins with a pretty light flow, so Mini Tampons or Regular Ultrathins pads will keep you covered. It’s a good idea to wear a liner if you are expecting your period. You’ll probably find that around day 2-3 your period will be at its heaviest. Kotex® Regular or Super Ultrathin Pads, or Regular or Super Tampons are your best bet for this stage of menstruation. If you’re going to use tampons, it’s a good idea to pop a Liner in your undies. This is the best way to avoid any embarrassing leaks. And to keep your PJs fresh while you sleep, use a Kotex® Overnight Ultrathins pad. They are just that little bit longer and wider for extra protection when you’re lying down. Towards the end of your period when the flow is lighter, you can use liners.

Days 8-14

One of your ovaries releases an egg and the uterus begins to rebuild its lining. Kotex® Liners are perfect for keeping your undies feeling fresh and clean during this time of the month. And the best thing is, no one will ever know you’re wearing them!

Days 15-28

If the egg isn’t fertilised, the uterus wall will continue to thicken until your hormone levels suddenly drop. You won’t know it’s happening, but this will cause the lining to break down and you will get your period again. This time of the month, especially towards day 28, you could be caught by surprise. To make sure you’re covered and well prepared for this part of menstruation, wear Liners during the day, and keep a pack of Mini Tampons or Regular Ultrathins on hand.

The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional."

Kimberly-Clark makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. This information should be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice.